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Pope Francis: Pray that China’s Catholics will be United to the Pope
Last edited 20th May 2015

At the conclusion of his May 20 general audience, Pope Francis asked Catholics around the world to pray for the Church in China on May 24. On that day, “Catholics in China will be praying with devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, Help of Christians, at the Shrine of Sheshan in Shanghai,” Pope Francis said. “In the statue overlooking the shrine, Mary is holding up her Son, presenting Him to the world with arms open in a gesture of love and mercy.”

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Equality Law is Destroying Religious Freedom
Last edited 20th May 2015

Equality law in Northern Ireland is being used to destroy individual freedom, a leading Catholic barrister has said. Following a legal ruling in Northern Ireland, in which a judge ruled that a bakery run by Christians discriminated against a gay customer by refusing to bake a cake with a pro-gay marriage slogan, Neil Addison wrote on his personal blog:

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Irish Philosopher Comments on Marriage Referendum
Last edited 18th May 2015

According to Irish philosopher Fr Brendan Purcell, introducing same-sex marriage in Ireland is legally even more catastrophic than it has been in England because of the special constitutional protections for the family in Ireland.

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Pakistan Gunmen Kill 45 on Karachi Ismaili Shia Bus
Last edited 14th May 2015

At least 45 people have been killed and 13 injured in a gun attack on a bus carrying Ismaili Shia Muslims in the Pakistani city of Karachi, police say.Police said six gunmen on motorcycles had stopped the bus and fired indiscriminately at passengers.Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has condemned the attack and ordered an investigation.Pakistani Taliban splinter group Jundullah and Islamic State (IS) both said they had carried out the attack.

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I’m Flying ‘Home’ to Australia. Meanwhile Kumar Treks 70km to his Devastated Village…
Last edited 6th May 2015

This is the last time I stood with Kumar Gurung. It’s been five days since we had this photo together, and I haven’t heard from him in the last four.

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Baltimore Archbishop: With God, a Broken City Can Heal
Last edited 30th April 2015

After both peaceful protests and violent riots following the death of an African American man in the custody of the Baltimore police, the local archbishop appealed to prayer and truth as means of healing and restoring human dignity.

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Nigerian Army Rescues Nearly 300 Women from Sambisa Forest
Last edited 28th April 2015

Good news! The Nigerian military says it has rescued 200 girls and 93 women from an area where the Islamist militant group Boko Haram is active. However, it said the girls abducted from a school in Chibok in April 2014 were not among them.

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Indonesia Executes Eight Prisoners for Drugs Offences
Last edited 29th April 2015

Australians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran have been executed on the Indonesian prison island of Nusakambangan, Indonesian media reports. The Jakarta Post, quoting an Attorney General's Office official, says eight of the nine prisoners on death row have been shot dead by firing squad. The execution of the ninth convict, a woman from the Philippines, was postponed at the last minute.

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Executions of Chan & Sukumaran will Proceed, Indonesia tells Australia
Last edited 28th April 2015

Indonesia's foreign minister offered no hope of a reprieve for Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran in a letter to Julie Bishop on Monday night. Indonesia has told Australia it will execute the two Bali Nine ringleaders, despite desperate last-minute appeals by Foreign Minister Julie Bishop.

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Australia “Profoundly Dismayed” at Indonesia's Plans to Execute Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran
Last edited 27th April 2015

Australia is “profoundly dismayed” that Indonesia is furthering plans to execute Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran amid a whistleblower’s “very troubling” allegations of judicial corruption and political interference in the drug-trafficking case.

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