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Australian Aid for East Timor Vital - Caritas
Last edited 27th August 2014

Caritas Australia is concerned the Australian Government's decision to slash foreign aid by almost $8 billion over five years will have an adverse impact on programs to help East Timor and the Timorese people rebuild their lives and their nation after 24 years of war and 250,000 deaths.

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Catholic Aid Groups Hope Latest Israeli-Hamas Cease-Fire Holds
Last edited 27th August 2014

Catholic aid organizations are hopeful that the most recent cease-fire between Israel and Hamas will hold as they begin to assess the needs in Gaza after 50 days of war.

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Pope Francis' Korea Visit Ignites Movement Toward Unity
Last edited 27th August 2014

A South Korea-based U.S. missionary who frequently crosses the border to North Korea to bring medicine and support says that Pope Francis' visit advanced efforts to heal a divided country.

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James Foley and the Power of Prayer
Last edited 27th August 2014

We would have all seen the terrible news of the murder of US journalist James Foley last week at the hands of IS terrorists.

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Saint Monica, Patron Saint of Mothers, Wives and Marriages
Last edited 27th August 2014

27 August is the feast day of Saint Monica, the mother of Saint Augustine. Next to the Blessed Virgin Mary, Saint Monica is one of the best examples of Christian motherhood. For years, she prayed for the conversion of her only son. Her persistence was answered with abundant grace: Her son, Augustine, became a saint and a doctor of the Church. Monica was also a victim of domestic abuse by her alcoholic husband. She prayed for the conversion of her husband daily, and shortly before his death, he accepted the faith.

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New Research Shows Multiple Partners Point to Less Happy Marriages
Last edited 26th August 2014

The recent U.S. National Marriage Project report, co-authored by psychologists Galena K. Rhoades and Scott M. Stanley, explores the association between premarital experiences and post-marital quality among today’s young adults. Some of the findings include:

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Force Alone Cannot Stop 'Religious Cleansing' in Mideast
Last edited 26th August 2014

Although Christians, Muslims and Jews have struggled for hundreds of years to live peacefully alongside each other in the Middle East, "we have never seen the kind of 'religious cleansing' we are witnessing today," said the head of the region's Franciscans.

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A Refreshed Benedict XVI Captivates Students with Homily
Last edited 27th August 2014

Participants in the annual Ratzinger “schulerkreis” study group were overjoyed at seeing the retired pontiff in good health, noting that they were deeply moved by his homily on the triumph of God's love.

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Why I Love My Invisible Friend - By Father Robert Barron
Last edited 25th August 2014

One of the favourite taunts of the New Atheists is that religious people believe in an “invisible friend.” They are implying, of course, that religion is little more than a pathetic exercise in wishful thinking, a reversion to childish patterns of projection and self-protection. It is well past time, they say, for believers to grow up, leave their cherished fantasies behind, and face the real world. In offering this characterisation, the New Atheists are showing themselves to be disciples of the old atheists such as Feuerbach, Marx, Comte, and Freud, all of whom made more or less similar observations.

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Pope Francis Challenges with Question: How is Your Faith?
Last edited 25th August 2014

During his Angelus address Sunday Pope Francis reflected on the Gospel account of Saint Peter's recognition of Jesus as the Lord, urging those present to honestly evaluate their own faith. “Brothers and sisters, what happened in a unique way in Saint Peter, also takes place in every Christian who develops a sincere faith in Jesus the Christ,” he told crowds gathered in St. Peter's Square on Aug. 24.

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