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March 15, 2016 ·  By Fr. Thomas Rosica for


THE REVOLUTION OF POPE FRANCIS. By Thomas Rosica, C.S.B. | Mar 11 2016 (shortened version) March 13, 2016, marks the third anniversary of election of Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio as Bishop of Rome. Upon his election in the Sistine Chapel three years ago, he took the name Francis and told us he did so […]


Inside the Dark Net: Digitizing the cure for child pornography

March 10, 2016 ·  By James Farrell for


“Almost everyone,” replies a Filipino woman in an interview on Showtime’s series Dark Net, episode 3, when she is asked how many kids in her neighborhood are earning money, or being forced by their elders to make money, by interacting with people on sex cams. “I hate foreigners,” she says, “using our children as commodities.” […]


Volunteer jailed for 40 years for sexually abusing orphans

March 10, 2016 ·  By Elsa Buchanan for

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Matthew Lane Durham, a 21-year-old former missionary from Oklahoma, has been sentenced to 40 years in prison by a United States court for sexually abusing children at an orphanage in Kenya’s capital. Durham, who is the latest in a series of charity workers in Kenya to be convicted for sex crimes, targeted orphans while working […]


PH 2nd highest in killings of human rights defenders – watchdog

March 8, 2016 ·  By Bea Orante for

HUMAN RIGHTS. The Philippines is one of the worst places for human rights defenders, 32 of whom were killed in 2015. Image courtesy of Raffy De Guzman/Rappler

The Philippines is second to Colombia and the highest outside the Americas in human rights defenders killings MANILA, Philippines – At 31 reported killings in 2015, the Philippines has one of the worst track records in the killing of human rights defenders (HRD) worldwide, according to a recent report.  The report from Front Line Defenders, […]


Aquino’s human rights record a ‘failure’ – watchdog

March 7, 2016 ·  By Acor Arceo for

President Benigno S. Aquino III delivers his message during the New Year’s Vin d’ Honneur at the Rizal Hall of the Malacañan Palace on Thursday (January 14, 2016). The annual reception which marks the 29th Vin d’ Honneur since the 1986 EDSA Revolution was attended by government officials, members of the Diplomatic Corps, officials of international organizations and businessmen. (Photo by Joseph Vidal / Malacañang Photo Bureau)

Human Rights Watch also denounces Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte for ‘encouraging’ extrajudicial killings MANILA, Philippines – An international watchdog condemned the human rights record of President Benigno Aquino III, saying he has failed to make the reforms needed for a lasting legacy. In its World Report 2016 released on Thursday, January 28, Human Rights […]


Online paedophiles should lose homes for viewing child pornography, say campaigners

March 7, 2016 ·  By BEN GLAZE for

Depraved: Former rock star Ian Watkins

Paedophiles who view online child porn could be stripped of their homes and pensions under a new law demanded by campaigners. Vile perverts who look at sick images of kids being abused face being hit in the wallet as well as hauled before the courts, if the plans are given the green light. The Children’s […]


Pope shocked by ‘diabolical’ attack on Yemen care home

March 7, 2016 · 


Pope Francis sends his prayers to the dead and their families, and hopes it will ‘lead to a change of heart, and inspire all parties to lay down their arms and take up the path of dialogue’   VATICAN CITY, Holy See – Pope Francis has slammed as “diabolical” an attack on an elderly care […]


11 Filipino tycoons back in Forbes’ list of world’s richest

March 7, 2016 ·  By Chrisee Dela Paz for


Henry Sy Sr, the 91-year-old chairman of SM Investments Corporation, retains his spot as the richest Filipino, according to Forbes 2016 World’s Billionaires MANILA, Philippines – All 11 Filipino tycoons who were featured in the 2015 edition of Forbes World’s Billionaires remained in this year’s exclusive billionaires’ circle, though most of them saw a decline […]


Philippine women, children trapped in cycles of abuse

March 7, 2016 ·  By Inday Espina-Varona, Manila, Philippines for


Family, societal pressures create a permanent underclass Children make up 77 percent of rape survivors in the Philippines, a predominantly Catholic country, and the crime occurs at a rate of two every minute. Midyear 2015 data released by the national police showed rape cases surging 63.5 percent to 8,288 from 5,069 recorded in the first […]


Adam Johnson guilty of child sex charge

March 4, 2016 · 


Ex-England footballer Adam Johnson has been found guilty of one count of sexual activity with a girl aged 15. The jury at Bradford Crown Court found Johnson guilty of a charge of sexual touching, but not guilty on a charge relating to another sexual act. The former Sunderland player had previously admitted grooming the girl […]

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