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Cardinal: Europe Suffering from 'Crisis of Young People'
Last edited 26th July 2011

The president of the Bishops’ Conference of Spain, Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouco Varela, said on July 22 that Spain and Europe are suffering from “a crisis of young people” because of the country’s low birth rate.


Vatican Releases New Numbers on Catholics in Spain for WYD
Last edited 24th July 2011

In light of the Pope's upcoming to trip to Spain for World Youth Day this August, the Vatican has released new figures on the number of Catholics living there. Spain has a population close to 46 million people and the Vatican estimates that 42 and a half million, or 92.2%, is Catholic.

Catholics Helping 5,000 People Displaced by Lukon Volcano, Indonesia
Last edited 21st July 2011

The possibility of another eruption by Mount Lukon has not stopped Catholics in North Sulawesi from helping 5,000 displaced people. Dozens of volunteers from the Diocese of Manado, including seminarians, are involved in the aid operation, handing out basic necessities, blankets and more than 5,000 masks against the thick cloud of ash caused by the 15 July eruption.


Poverty: Where We All Started
Last edited 8th July 2011

We often hear that if the global population grows, we will run out of food and therefore more people will descend into poverty. Does this make any sense? Watch this video to find out! This is the fourth episode of PRI's popular POP 101 series, taking a fresh, humorous approach to the demographic issues facing the world today.


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There's Plenty of Food, But Too Much Egotism
Last edited 4th July 2011

Pope Benedict XVI is citing the United Nations and other experts in affirming that global food production is capable of feeding the world population. But, he says, millions "do not have their daily bread" because of egotism.


Choosing Boys Over Girls: New Book Details Terrible Toll
Last edited 4th July 2011

Sexual discrimination isn't limited to the workplace. In many countries around the world unborn baby girls are being singled out for elimination. Journalist Mara Hvistendahl chronicles the origins and extent of this in "Unnatural Selection: Choosing Boys Over Girls, And the Consequences of a World Full of Men." Visit this article for a review of her book by Fr. John Flynn.

Pope Sends Firm Message on the Future of the Environment
Last edited 9th June 2011

On 9 June 2011, the Pope gave his firmest environmental message. The Pope called for a new lifestyle that respects the environment and avoids the “demise of humanity.” He specifically called for concrete measures to promote the development of renewable energy.

Hungary Approves Pro-Life Constitution
Last edited 7th June 2011

As of April 2011, the country of Hungary has a new constitution. It highlights the country's Christian roots by stating that life begins at the moment of conception. It also says all its citizens have a right to life and human dignity. 


How WYD Pilgrims Can Save Money and Help the Planet
Last edited 7th June 2011

World Youth Day Madrid 2011 will go down in history as the greenest and most environmentally friendly. The website “Carpooling Madrid 11”  has been part of the solution. Its mission is to support young adults in Europe by helping them find carpools or public transportation routes to limit CO2 emissions. 

Tornado Survivors in Joplin Begin Recovery
Last edited 26th May 2011

The devastating scene left by the massive F-5 tornado that hit Joplin the evening of May 22 can best be described as apocalyptic. Visit this article to read some of the heroic stories from the tornado survivors, as they struggle rebuild their lives after the disaster.

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