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Nauru detention centre: Abuse and trauma reports leaked

August 11, 2016 ·  By Australia for www.bbc.com

A photo taken by Amnesty International shows the inside of a tent housing asylum seekers in Nauru

More than 2,000 leaked reports detail widespread abuse and trauma among children and women at Australia’s offshore detention centre for asylum seekers on the Pacific island of Nauru. The “incident reports”, published by the Guardian, reveal that self-harm and violence are commonplace at the centre. Numerous reports relate to sexual assault and coercion of women […]

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Child sexual abuse inquiry: Rudd vows to press on after Dame Lowell Goddard resignation

August 8, 2016 ·  By Sandra Laville for www.theguardian.com

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Home secretary pushes ahead with finding new leader, saying ‘success of this inquiry remains an absolute priority’ The chair of the public inquiry into institutional child abuse has resigned, saying it was beset with a “legacy of failure” that was hard to shake off. Justice Lowell Goddard, who was appointed in February last year to […]

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WYD:Do not be afraid to trust in mercy, pope tells millions at closing WYD mass

August 2, 2016 ·  By Inés San Martín for https://cruxnow.com

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KRAKOW, Poland-Addressing a vast sea of young women and men gathered in Krakow for World Youth Day (WYD), Pope Francis told them not to be deterred by those who want to present the image of an insensitive God, and to believe in the power of God’s mercy. “People will try to block you, to make […]

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Pope Francis Offers Prayer for Elimination of Terrorism

August 2, 2016 ·  By Gerard O'Connell for americamagazine.org

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Pope Francis recited a special prayer for peace and protection from violence and terrorism when he visited the church of St. Francis in Krakow early Saturday evening, where there are venerated relics of two Polish priests: Zbigniew Strzałkowski and Michał Tomaszek, who were killed by the Maoist guerrilla group Shining Path in Peru in 1991. […]

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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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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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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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Women rising … but when in Rome?

July 18, 2016 · 

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This week, Theresa May became the Prime Minister of Great Britain. Angela Merkel is already the Chancellor of Germany, and has been since 2005. And if the United States elects Hillary Clinton in November, she will be inaugurated in January as the president of the United States, the first woman president in American history. That […]

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