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Rotherham: Lessons from a British Sex Abuse Scandal
Last edited 8th September 2014

Britons were outraged last week to learn that more than 1400 children in a Northern English town were sexually abused over a period of 16 years by gangs of predators while officials turned a blind eye. Recent years have seen clergy members, celebrities and entertainers exposed as molesters, but the latest revelations are particularly shocking in the type and scale of abuse involved. The attitude of the authorities sounds familiar, however, and raises questions that concern British society as a whole.


Prince Charles Makes a Donation for Christians in Iraq
Last edited 8th September 2014

In light of the persecution of Christians in Iraq, Prince Charles has made a donation to the Chaldean Church. In the letter he states he is heartbroken by the 'unbearable and barbaric' persecution of minorities at the hands of the Islamic State. He also writes that his heart goes out to all those whose lives have been shattered by the conflict.


Scottish Bishops Encourage Voting in Independence Referendum
Last edited 4th September 2014

Multiple Scottish bishops have appealed to Catholics to vote in the Sept. 18 referendum which will decide whether or not Scotland will become independent of the United Kingdom.

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Father Samir on ISIS: ‘What They Are Doing Is Diabolical’
Last edited 3rd September 2014

What are the reasons for the murderous rampage currently being undertaken by the jihadist troops of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)? A decline in moral values in the West, coupled with a history of violent conquest within Islam, is behind the “diabolical” atrocities committed in Iraq and Syria by these Islamic militants, many of whom are uneducated and at the mercy of fundamentalist preachers.

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Reports of Another US Hostage Killed by Islamic State
Last edited 2nd September 2014

An Islamic State video has appeared which purports to show the beheading of Steven Sotloff, a US journalist being held hostage by the militants. Mr Sotloff, 31, was abducted in Syria in 2013. He appeared at the end of a video last month which showed fellow US journalist James Foley being killed.

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Jordan’s Christians and Muslims March Together in Demonstration of Determination to Live Side by Side
Last edited 31st August 2014

In a demonstration affirming their determination to live side by side, Jordanian Muslims and Christians walked hand-in-hand in a march last Saturday evening, 23 August, to denounce the violence in Gaza, Iraq and the entire region.


The Aftermath of the Israel-Palestine Conflict
Last edited 28th August 2014

After weeks of conflict, a ceasefire has been reached between Israel and Palestine. While leaders on both sides of the conflict claim victory, residents in Gaza see it differently. Over 2,200 Palestinians have died during the 50 day war, leaving survivors with nothing but mounds of rubble that was once their homes. Like many in Gaza, the town of Shujai'yeh has been devastated, leaving over 100,000 people homeless.


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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Papal Envoy Returns from Iraq
Last edited 25th August 2014

Cardinal Fernando Filoni said Pope Francis "was really taken" by the cardinal's description of Christians and other minorities forced from their homes in northwestern Iraq by militias belonging to the Islamic State terrorist group. The pope met Cardinal Filoni early Aug. 21, the morning after the cardinal returned to the Vatican following an Aug. 13-20 visit to Iraq as the pope's envoy to besieged minorities there.

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