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No End In Sight As Uganda Receives One Million South Sudanese Refugees

The tally of South Sudanese refugees entering Uganda for shelter and safety marked 1 million this week, in what is now the world’s fastest growing refugee crisis. “Families are escaping a living hell in South Sudan,” Muhumed Hussein, the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) Country Director for...

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Guam's Catholics Pray For Peace Amid Ongoing Threats From North Korea

In the face of North Korea’s threats to bomb the island of Guam, the Catholic faithful have gathered in parishes across the US territory to pray for eased tensions between the two nations. With more than 80 percent of Guam’s 162,000 population identifying as Catholic, large groups of clergy,...

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New Petition Calls For Pro-Life Support Against Nuclear Warfare

As political tensions increase between the United States and North Korea, one pro-life group began a petition urging nuclear disarmament around the world. Rehumanize International is asking pro-life advocates to join them in the fight against nuclear arms by signing a letter directed to...

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Spanish Bishops Offer Prayers Following Barcelona Terrorist Attack

The secretary general of the Spanish Bishops Conference voiced prayers for victims after a van sped into a crowd of people in the Las Ramblas tourist area of Barcelona, killing several and injuring dozens more. “We follow with concern and prayers the situation of victims of the mass outrage in...

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How The Pope's Paraguay Trip Inspired A Children's Charity

In the wake of Pope Francis' 2015 trip to Paraguay, a local charity was founded in order to help feed dozens of children whose parents struggle to make ends meet. The “Pope Francis Children's Dining Hall” belonging to the Virgin of the Rosary Parish in the Diocese of Villarrica del Espíritu...

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This Surfing School In Chile Was Created For Kids With Down Syndrome

On Sundays, Felipe Pereira is full of enthusiasm. That’s because on Sundays, the 21-year-old goes to Paradise Beach to enjoy the sea along with his friends and to learn how to surf. For children and young adults with mental disabilities, this is more than a sport. It is the Waves of Hope free...

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Shock And Grief After Mudslide In Sierra Leone Kills Hundreds

A massive mudslide in Sierra Leone’s capital city has left hundreds dead and thousands homeless, with relief agencies hurrying to respond. “There are people whose entire families have gone missing. There is a real sense of despair. Right now, people are in a complete state of shock,” said...

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Scotland's Rise In Anti-Catholic Crimes Prompts Call For Government Action

Crimes motivated by anti-Catholicism are on the rise in Scotland, and a leading Catholic spokesman has said the government must take more specific action to combat the trend. “Were any other type of crime to be dominated so completely by a single type of behavior, we might expect a targeted...

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Twelve Killed By Falling Tree Before Marian Procession In Portugal

A tree fell on a crowd taking part in the largest religious festival in Portugal's Madeira region on Tuesday, killing 12 persons and injuring 52, according to local press reports. The 200 year-old tree fell on the crowd at Nossa Senhora do Monte parish in Funchal, the capital of Portugal's...

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'Forgive Them' – Powerful Words From Father Of Charlottesville Victim

After recent violence in Charlottesville, Virginia involving white supremacy groups and counter-protesters, the father of the woman who was killed after the rally spoke out against hatred and offered a different message: forgiveness and love. “I just think about what the Lord said on the cross,...

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US State Department Recognizes ISIS Genocide In Religious Freedom Report

Religious freedom advocates were heartened by the State Department recognizing in its annual religious freedom report released Tuesday the genocide of Christians by the Islamic State. “As we make progress in defeating ISIS and denying them their caliphate, their terrorist members have and...

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Does Catholic Faith Offer A Way To Peace In Korea?

The first time I heard the word “Korea,” I was a small child learning that my father had served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. My dad was stationed in Okinawa during the conflict and fortunately did not get sent into combat. However, I had learned early that this Asian nation was a...

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El Salvador Cardinal Says Facebook Account Posting Romero Rumors Is Not His

A cardinal from El Salvador says that a Facebook account attributed to him is fake, and that he did not post about Pope Francis’ intent to travel to El Salvador for the potential canonization of Archbishop Oscar Romero. “This is Monsignor Gregorio Rosa Chávez to clarify that I don't have an...

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Mexico City Archdiocese Counters Allegations Of Sex Abuse Cover Up

The Archdiocese of Mexico has countered claims made by two former priests that Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera covered up the actions of pedophile priests, calling the allegations an “orchestrated farce.” The communications office of the Mexico City archdiocese reported that Cardinal Rivera...

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Australian Bishops Oppose Forcing Priests To Reveal Details Of Confession

The bishops of Australia have indicated that they will resist the Royal Commission's proposal that priests be legally obligated to disclose details of sexual abuse revealed in the confessional, facing criminal charges if they don't. “Confession in the Catholic Church is a spiritual encounter...