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Alqosh, Despite the Islamic State, the Church Celebrates the First Communion of One Hundred Children

Last edited 21st August 2016

On the feast day of the Assumption the whole community attended the function, celebrated by Mar Sako. For the patriarchal vicar, this is an historic moment for the frontier town long threatened by jihadists. The Chaldean primate calls on children to "contribute to the community." In Kirkuk His Beatitude opened a grotto dedicated to Our Lady.

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Body Shapes: What's in a Name?

Last edited 19th August 2016

Do you like being called a ‘pear’? How about ‘goblet’? Or, drumroll…a ‘brick’? Well, according to a quick Google search on body shapes, you might be one of these inspiring options.

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“Let’s Be One” – WYD Pilgrims Write 3,000 Postcards for The Young People of The Church in Need

Last edited 19th August 2016

The Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) is taking stock of its campaign “Let’s be One,” launched at the World Youth Day (WYD) in Cracow from 26th to 31st July 2016. The aim of the campaign was to raise awareness of the situation of those young Christians who couldn’t attend WYD in Cracow. The campaign was very successful. 3,000 postcards were sent in 23 languages by those at the WYD to other young people in 100 different countries, especially those suffering persecution or war.

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Syria conflict: Almost 18,000 people have died in Government prisons, Amnesty says

Last edited 19th August 2016

A new report by Amnesty International claims that nearly 18,000 people have died in Government prisons in Syria since the beginning of the uprising in 2011. The charity said the investigation, based on interviews with dozens of former detainees, detailed the systematic use of torture and rape on those arrested by the Assad regime. Bashar, a Syrian refugee in Europe, is now a free man — but he said the 11 months he spent inside a prison in Syria still haunted him.

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Raped for Speaking out Against Rape

Last edited 18th August 2016

A Colombian woman who denounced armed groups for sexually abusing women and girls was abducted by the militants and subjected to a terrible punishment. Her story illustrates just how much power lies in the hands of armed men in Colombia - despite a ceasefire by the left-wing Farc rebels - and how lawless some parts of the country remain.

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What to Do If You're Too Ashamed to Go to Confession

Last edited 18th August 2016

While Reconciliation is intended to allow Christ’s victory to overcome sin in our lives, what happens when shame over one’s sins is so great that it keeps people away from the sacrament?

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Faith, Hope and Charity Graze, Keep Grounds of Church Cemetery Tidy

Last edited 18th August 2016

For the third straight year, a historic New York City church has imported three sheep from an upstate New York farm to serve as organic lawn mowers in its two-century-old cemetery.

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Olympic Runner Who Helped Fallen Competitor Finds Inspiration in God

Last edited 18th August 2016

An Olympic runner whose sportsmanship drew headlines this week says that her faith in God helps her to find joy in her sport.

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Papal Pizza? Rome's Homeless Get a Special Treat from Francis

Last edited 17th August 2016

As summer temperatures soar in Rome, a trip to the beach and pizza dinner may sound like an ideal way to spend an afternoon. And Pope Francis is making it happen for some of the city’s homeless residents.

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Nazi Gold Train: Team Starts Poland Dig Despite Doubts

Last edited 16th August 2016

Treasure hunters have begun digging at a site in south-western Poland where they believe a Nazi train, laden with stolen gems and arms, is hidden.

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