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Australian Bushfire Emergency Continues - Vinnies Launches Appeal for Victims
Last edited 20th October 2013

St Vincent de Paul Society NSW has launched a Bushfire Appeal to help victims of the devastating and on-going bushfire emergency. More than 2000 fire fighters continue to battle blazes across the Blue Mountains, at Muswellbrook in the Hunter Valley, Balmoral and Bargo in the Southern Highlands and at Wyong on the Central Coast.

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Cyclone in India: Caritas Estimates 100,000 Displaced
Last edited 16th October 2013

Cyclone Phailin has killed at least 30 people and left more than 100,000 homeless in Orissa, India. Half a million hectares of farmland have also been damaged with 15 per cent of the rice crop lost. About 14,500 villages and 39 cities have been badly hit with as many as 300,000 houses destroyed, this according to Caritas India, the Catholic association involved in rescue and recovery operations along with the central and local governments.


Earthquake Strikes the Philippines, 20 Dead
Last edited 15th October 2013

A powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit the center of the Philippine archipelago , killing at least 20 people so far . The death toll, however, is unfortunately likely to rise. Experts from the U.S. Geological Survey reported that the quake struck below the island of Bohol, a populous region and one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country. There were also victims and damage reported in the neighboring province of Cebu.

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Vietnamese Catholics, Police in Standoff at Vinh Diocese Demonstration
Last edited 8th October 2013

An estimated 50,000 Vietnamese Catholics gathered for Mass at the Thuan Nghia parish in the Diocese of Vinh on October 6, and staged a peaceful protest asking for the release of two parishioners who have spent 2 months in jail without being charged.


One-Child Policy Still a Massive Threat to Women, Expert Warns
Last edited 26th September 2013

In wake of the 33rd anniversary of China's one-child policy, a women's rights activist has raised concern about those who believe the policy has ended, warning of the dangers it still poses.

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Greenpeace says Russian Coastguards Detaining Arctic Sunrise Crew in Locked Room
Last edited 19th September 2013

Environmental group Greenpeace says armed Russian officers have stormed its ship protesting oil exploration in the Arctic and detained all its crew in a locked room.


Texas-Mexico Border Bishops Plan Pastoral Letter on Family Immigration
Last edited 16th September 2013

After a gut-wrenching visit with young children in the El Paso, Texas, area who are in immigration detention, the bishops of the border region of Texas and Mexico have decided to write a joint pastoral letter on how families are harmed by the current immigration system.

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Prayers Needed for Victims of Widespread Flooding in Colorado
Last edited 15th September 2013

Denver Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila said he is praying for all those affected by extensive flooding in northern Colorado and urged all people of good will "to join me in prayer."

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The Myth of Overpopulation...
Last edited 10th September 2013

Time Magazine recently published an article advocating the freedom and luxury of not having children, picturing on the front of the magazine a couple relaxing on the beach and sipping cocktails. Why are children looked at so negatively in our society, and exactly what is the inconvenience of their existence? Is it simply the fact that they exist? What strong reason is there that this family should have used birth control?

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19-Year-Old Inventor Finds Way to Clean up the World’s Oceans in Under 5 Years Time
Last edited 9th September 2013

Previously the idea of cleaning up the world’s oceans with their vast accumulations of disposed plastic material was considered an impossibility. Now a 19-year-old inventor says he and his foundation has a way to clean up the world’s oceans, and not only does he say we can do it, but that we can do it in five years time and produce a profit from it.


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