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Please Pray for the Return of Kidnapped Iraqi Toddler
Last edited 19th February 2015

A colored photocopy of a smiling, blond toddler is the only thing adorning the bare walls of the tiny room where Ayda Abada, her blind husband, and four children shelter after they were chased out of their Christian village in Iraq by Islamic State extremists. The picture is one of the few items left of 3-year-old Christina. She is the youngest member of the family and was snatched by the militants from a bus last August as Abada pleaded to have her child back.


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Unexpected Friendships Bloom as Vatican Rolls Out Haircuts for Homeless
Last edited 18th February 2015

As homeless men and women line up under the massive arms of Saint Peter's colonnade waiting to take advantage of the Vatican's newly-christened showers and barbershop, volunteers who assist them say they are deeply moved by their encounter with a population often rejected by society.


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Meeting Held at Kerobokan Jail to Fine Tune Plans for Moving Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran to Island
Last edited 18th February 2015

The country’s foreign ministry has rejected Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s escalation of rhetoric on two condemned Australians, saying “threats are not part of diplomatic language”.Mr Abbott yesterday made his strongest statement yet against the executions of the heroin traffickers urging Indonesia to remember the $1 billion worth of assistance Australia offered its neighbour after the Boxing Day tsunami.

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Most Reverend Adolfo Tito Yllana Appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Australia
Last edited 17th February 2015

His Holiness Pope Francis has appointed as Apostolic Nuncio to Australia, His Excellency Most Reverend Adolfo Tito Yllana, Titular Archbishop of Montecorvino and until now Apostolic Nuncio to the Democratic Republic of Congo.


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Nazi, 93, charged with 170,000 counts of accessory to murder
Last edited 16th February 2015

A German court says a 93-year-old man has been charged with 170,000 counts of accessory to murder on allegations he served as an SS guard at the Nazis’ Auschwitz death camp in occupied Poland.

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'Rock Star' Cardinal Talks Big Cities, Small Gestures
Last edited 9th February 2015

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle knows a thing or two about urban evangelization. Ranked among the youngest cardinals in the Catholic Church, he heads the Archdiocese of Manila, based in one of the most densely-populated cities in the world.


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Pope Francis Prays for Victims of Human Trafficking
Last edited 8th February 2015

Following the Angleus prayer on Sunday, Pope Francis spoke about the first International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking, promoted by the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant Peoples, the Pontifical Council “Justice and Peace” and the International Union of Superiors General (UISG).

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Young Man On a Mission is Changing Lives and Bringing Hope to Children in the Philippines
Last edited 4th February 2015

Ben Saliba is determined to make a difference. For the past two years he has spent his Christmas breaks with the Missionaries of the Poor in the city of Naga in the Philippines. Working alongside the Brothers, he has helped care for the city's disabled and abandoned children, the homeless and mentally-ill and the elderly.


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Carl Djerassi, Father of the Pill, Dies
Last edited 3rd February 2015

Carl Djerassi, widely dubbed “the father of the Pill”, has died at his home in San Francisco at the age of 91. Though best known for synthesizing the hormone that became the key ingredient of the contraceptive pill, the eminent Stanford University professor emeritus made a number of significant contributions to science and technology.

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Sister of Mercy Back in the Swim
Last edited 29th January 2015

Thirty-two years after winning Sydney's Cole Classic Ocean Swim as a 15-year-old, Sister Rebecca McCabe rsm is about to get back in the water. Once ranked in the top ten in the world as a teenager, the young girl from the Shire was on a path of perhaps not fortune but certainly fame.


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