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December, 2014


Christian radio host gets 40 years for child sex crimes

December 19, 2014 · 

Christian radio host gets 40 years for child sex crimes http://www.usatoday.com/videos/news/nation/2014/12/11/20284453/

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Global group of Catholic bishops call for end to fossil fuels

December 19, 2014 · 

Catholics, they say, should engage with the process leading to a proposed new deal to be signed in Paris next year.

The statement is the first time that senior church figures from every continent have issued such a call.

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Catholic Church in Australia links celibacy to child abuse

December 18, 2014 · 

The Catholic Church in Australia on Friday said that obligatory celibacy may have contributed to priests abusing children, and recommended that clergy should be given “psychosexual” training.

In a landmark report, an Australian Catholic Church body dealing with the legacy of child sex abuse added that some church institutions and their leaders turned a blind eye to what was going on for years.

“Obligatory celibacy may also have contributed to abuse in some circumstances,” the Truth, Justice and Healing Council said.

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As nuns face off against traffickers, priests asked to join the fight

December 18, 2014 · 

“In one night, we saved 37 girls,” she said, adding that 10 were minors. The sisters take the women to safety and offer them support and assistance; the women also provide critical information to police, such as names of traffickers and the location of other brothels.

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Bishops call for "zero" tolerance of Human Trafficking

December 18, 2014 · 

UCAN ,Manila The Philippine Catholic bishops’ conference on Monday called for “zero tolerance” of human trafficking, saying failure to actively fight modern slavery could undermine the church. Archbishop Socrates Villegas, president of the bishops’ conference, said “one Filipino victim of human trafficking alone is one victim too many for us as a Christian nation”. In […]

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Philippine bishops call for 'zero tolerance' on human trafficking

December 18, 2014 · 

ucanews.com reporter, Manila Philippines December 8, 2014 The Philippine Catholic bishops’ conference on Monday called for “zero tolerance” of human trafficking, saying failure to actively fight modern slavery could undermine the church. Archbishop Socrates Villegas, president of the bishops’ conference, said “one Filipino victim of human trafficking alone is one victim too many for us […]

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Prison sex scandal shocks Philippines

December 18, 2014 · 

A raid has uncovered drug lords ‘living like kings’ in luxury cells with stripper bars and jacuzzis at the Philippines’ main prison. The sex, drugs and bribery scandal has shocked a country inured to tales of official corruption.
The revelations were headline news Tuesday, a day after police commandos swooped on the infamously crowded Bilibid prison complex to verify reports drug rings were operated from behind bars.

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Int'l group to look into media killings

December 17, 2014 · 

A solidarity mission led by the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) will arrive in the Philippines to look into the status of the Maguindanao massacre case five years after the killings that took the lives of 58 people, including 32 media workers.

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PNP secret torture chambers exposed

December 15, 2014 · 

      PNP secret torture chambers exposed December 13, 2014 10:33 pm by FR. SHAY CULLEN Who would ever imagine that a secret torture squad attached to the Philippine National Police would use a crudely made “wheel of fortune” to select the torture technique they would use on their victims? Torture is outlawed by […]

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The human rights report card

December 15, 2014 · 

Activists, journalists, teachers, peasants
From July 2010 to November 2014, human rights organization Karapatan counts: 226 extrajudicial killings, 26 victims of enforced disappearances, 104 victims of torture.

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