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July, 2016


COMMENTARY : Day one for Pope Francis in Poland augurs hidden drama

July 29, 2016 ·  By John L. Allen Jr. for www.cruxnow.com

Pope Francis holds a life jacket vest of Syrian girl who died while trying to reach the Greek island of Lesbos. The pope's advocacy of refugee rights faces a diplomatic test Wednesday when he begins a five-day visit to Poland, where a populist government has slammed the door on most asylum seekers. (Credit: AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia.)

Papal trips in general and World Youth Days in particular are usually full of stunning visual imagery, but on his first day in Poland on Wednesday, most of the action for Pope Francis, both politically and ecclesiastically, may happen out of public view. Choreography has always been one of the strong suits of the Catholic […]

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Women in Power and Out of It

July 28, 2016 · 

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Women in Power and Out of It Fr. Shay Cullen 28 July 2016 The rise of women into to high public office has given a new dimension to the global political scene. In the United States for the first time in history, a woman, Hilary Clinton, has been nominated to run for the Office of […]

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Holy See calls on Security Council action against war crimes

July 28, 2016 ·  By Vatican Radio for en.radiovaticana.va

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The Vatican has called on the members of the United Nations Security Council to never vote against “a credible draft resolution” before the Security Council on timely and decisive action to prevent or end “the commission of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.” Archbishop Bernardito Auza, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the […]

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CARITAS TURNS TO DRUG COMPANIES IN BID TO COMBAT PRICE OF AIDS TREATMENT

July 28, 2016 ·  By Rose Gamble for www.thetablet.co.uk

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One third of HIV positive children die before their first birthday due to lack of antiretroviral drugs Church officials are in talks with major pharmaceutical companies in an attempt to persuade them to them develop and increase production of antiretroviral drugs for HIV positive children, says Caritas Internationalis special adviser. One third of children who […]

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Could we set aside half the Earth for nature?

July 27, 2016 ·  By Jeremy Hance for www.theguardian.com

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As of today, the only place in the universe where we are certain life exists is on our little home, the third planet from the sun. But also as of today, species on Earth are winking out at rates likely not seen since the demise of the dinosaurs. If we don’t change our ways, we […]

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Children in conflict with law

July 27, 2016 ·  By Jinky Cabildo and Matthew Reysio-Cruz for opinion.inquirer.net

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JANSEN, 15, has no real place to call home. He used to be a street kid in Malabon City, where he joined a drug syndicate after running away from his father last year. He started using crystal meth and made enough money to get by. Last November, police arrested him for theft. Afterward, he slept […]

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Church, rights groups blame Duterte for rise in killings

July 26, 2016 ·  By ucanews.com reporter, Manila Philippines for www.ucanews.com

EDITORS NOTE: Graphic content / In this picture taken on July 8, 2016, police officers investigate the dead body of an alleged drug dealer, his face covered with packing tape and a placard reading "I'm a pusher", on a street in Manila. 
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on July 1 urged communist rebels to start killing drug traffickers, adding another layer to a controversial war on crime in which he has warned thousands will die. / AFP PHOTO / NOEL CELIS

Drug-related slayings have rocketed in the Philippines ‘as a result of president’s pronouncements’ Church and human rights groups in the Philippines have accused President Rodrigo Duterte of provoking what they described as an “unceasing rise in vigilantism” as the government continues its all-out war against illegal drugs. “What makes these spate of executions most worrisome […]

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The Age of Disbelief

July 22, 2016 · 

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The Age of Disbelief Fr. Shay Cullen July 22, 2016 It is truly an age of disbelief. Respect for the values of human life has plunged. People of Christian faith who declare belief in the teaching of Jesus of Nazareth that upholds the dignity and rights of the human person, stands with the poor and […]

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THE SPEECH IN PART OF NEW UK PRIME MINISTER THERESA MAY

July 19, 2016 · 

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THE SPEECH IN PART OF NEW UK PRIME MINISTER THERESA MAY. It means we believe in a union not just between the nations of the United Kingdom but between all of our citizens – every one of us – whoever we are and wherever we’re from. That means fighting against the burning injustice that if you’re […]

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Biazon backs 9 years for criminal liability

July 19, 2016 ·  By Ben Rosario for www.mb.com.ph

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Muntinlupa City Representative Ruffino Biazon yesterday led a group of congressmen belonging to the so-called “supermajority” in declaring “full support” to the proposal to lower the age of criminal responsibility of minors from 15 years to just nine years. Filed by Davao del Norte Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez and Capiz Rep. Fredenil Castro, the bill seeks […]

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