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December, 2017

Plans to prevent paedophiles from travelling abroad to be unveiled in new year

December 29, 2017 ·  By

Plans to prevent paedophiles from travelling abroad to be unveiled in new year

Proposed new laws to ban paedophiles and sex offenders from foreign travel are to be unveiled in the new year. Plans to radically expand the passport “stop list” have been drafted after four-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee Father Shay Cullen called on western governments to stop rampant sex tourism. Fr Cullen, who has been rescuing […]


A Christmas Message To Vice-President Mike Pence

December 29, 2017 ·  By James J. Zogby for


Mr. Vice President: As you celebrate Christmas with your family and listen to the gospel story of the birth of Jesus, I hope you will read and reflect on the following piece I wrote a few years back. I want you to open your eyes to the situation facing Palestinian Christians and Muslims living in […]


The Man from Nazareth

December 29, 2017 · 


The Man from Nazareth Fr. Shay Cullen 28 December 2017 A great blessing came into the world over two thousand years ago. Jesus was born in Bethlehem and grew up in Nazareth. He was a humble leader, prophetic, articulate and a prodigy with a profound compassionate understanding of the sick, the poor and oppressed. He […]


Bond set for two accused in child abuse investigation

December 28, 2017 ·  By


PAPILLION, Neb. — Bond has been set for a Papillion couple accused in a child abuse investigation. Alan Koebel is being held on $150,000 bond with a preliminary hearing scheduled for January 16th. Theresa Koebel’s bond has been set at $25,000. The Koebels were booked last Friday night, December 22nd, on charges that include Intentional […]


More than 200 killed in Philippines mudslides and floods as storm hits

December 28, 2017 ·  By Mattha Busby for


Rescue operations under way on the island of Mindanao to find dozens of people reported missing after storm struck area A tropical storm in the Philippines has triggered mudslides and floods killing more than 200 people with many others reported missing, police and disaster officials said on Saturday. The casualties from storm Tembin, most of […]


Wasting food is like stealing from poor – pope

December 28, 2017 ·  By Reuters Staff for

Pope Francis kisses a child as he arrives to lead his Wednesday general audience in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican June 5, 2013. REUTERS/Max Rossi

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis denounced on Wednesday what he called a “culture of waste” in an increasingly consumerist world and said throwing away good food was like stealing from poor people. “Our grandparents used to make a point of not throwing away leftover food. Consumerism has made us accustomed to wasting food daily […]


Sweden’s proposed rape law requires both parties to get explicit consent before sex

December 27, 2017 ·  By SARA MALM FOR MAILONLINE for

Yes, yes yes! The Swedish government has proposed a 'consent law' which requires explicit consent either verbally or through clear demonstration of a desire to engage in sexual activity

The Swedish government has proposed a law which requires explicit consent from both parties before sexual contact – or it can be classified as rape. Explicit consent would be obtained either through verbal agreement or clear demonstration of a desire to engage in sexual activity, the proposal states. The new consent law, which is expected […]


PH to withdraw application for U.S. aid to focus on rebuilding Marawi

December 27, 2017 ·  By Eimor P. Santos, CNN Philippines for

President Rodrigo Duterte (R) and U.S. President Donald Trump (L). FILE PHOTO

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 19) — The Philippines will withdraw its application for a second grant from an independent U.S. government aid group, Malacañang said Tuesday. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the government’s economic managers, along with Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, chose to cancel the country’s application to the Millennium Challenge Corporation […]


Extreme poverty in America: read the UN special monitor’s report

December 27, 2017 ·  By Philip Alston for

Homeless people sleep in the pews at St Boniface Catholic Church in the San Francisco Tenderloin area, as part of the Gubbio Project. Photograph: David Levene for the Guardian

I have spent the past two weeks visiting the United States, at the invitation of the federal government, to look at whether the persistence of extreme poverty in America undermines the enjoyment of human rights by its citizens. In my travels through California, Alabama, Georgia, Puerto Rico, West Virginia, and Washington DC I have spoken […]


Bishop seeks freedom of supermarket clerk jailed for stealing corned beef

December 27, 2017 ·  By Paterno Esmaquel II for

BISHOP'S APPEAL. Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David says he is willing to repay 'a hundred times over' the employer of a supermarket clerk jailed for stealing corned beef. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

‘For heaven’s sake, let’s get this man out of jail! I am willing to repay his employer, the supermarket owner, a hundred times over,’ says Bishop Pablo David MANILA, Philippines – Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David appealed for the freedom of 21-year-old supermarket clerk Paul Matthew Tanglao, who was jailed for stealing corned beef worth […]

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