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Lady judges hold women, child rights convention in Tagaytay

May 14, 2015 ·  By


The Philippine Women Judges Association (PWJA) will open today its 20th Annual Convention-Seminar alongside the Regional Conference of the Asia-Pacific Region of the International Association of Women Judges’ (IAWJ) at the Taal Vista Hotel in Tagaytay City with the theme: “Protecting The Rights of Women and Children Across the Asia Pacific Region.” Supreme Court Associate […]


Case of pregnant girl, 10, divides Paraguay

May 14, 2015 ·  By Associated Press 8:20 AM | Monday, May 11th, 2015 Read more:

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ASUNCION, Paraguay — One of Paraguay’s leading churchmen acknowledged Sunday that the nation has been split over the case of a pregnant 10-year-old girl denied an abortion. The argument over the girl has drawn unusually strong attention to the issues of child abuse and abortion, which is banned in all cases except when the mother’s […]


HOLY FATHER : Receives Raul Castro at Vatican (Vatican Radio via CNUA)

May 13, 2015 ·  By


Pope Francis received the President of Cuba, Raul Castro, on Sunday morning in private audience at the Vatican. A note from the Director of the Press Office of the Holy See, Fr. Federico Lombardi, SJ, explains that Castro arrived at 9:30 AM, and stayed a little over an hour, during the course of which the […]


After Meeting Pope, Cuban President Says He May Return to Catholic Church

May 13, 2015 ·  By

Pope Francis meets with Cuban President

VATICAN CITY – After Raul Castro paid a call Sunday on Pope Francis at the Vatican to thank him for working for Cuban-U.S. detente – the Cuban president said he was so impressed by the pontiff he is considering a return to the Catholic church’s fold. The pontiff “is a Jesuit, and I, in some […]


Sex abuse royal commission: Royal North Shore Hospital psychologist abused patient.

May 12, 2015 ·  By Rachel Browne for (


A psychologist employed by Royal North Shore Hospital was arrested for making death threats two years after he allegedly sexually assaulted a young patient, according to evidence before a royal commission. Hospital psychologist Stuart Frank Simpson allegedly molested an 11-year-old patient under the guise of “play therapy” in 1967 but when his family complained to […]


Comparing school bullies and adults doesn’t help

May 12, 2015 ·  By Marilyn Campbell, QUT for (

Bullying and child abuse are very different things. Photo: Janie Barrett

We used to think that bullying happened to all children, it was a “childhood rite of passage” and “character-building”. Yes, there is an intention to hurt involved in bullying, but how much hurt can kids do to each other? However, abuse of children by adults, especially parents hurting their children, has long been condemned. The […]


Vatican approves statutes for papal commission for protecting minors

May 11, 2015 · 


ABUSE-STATUTES May-8-2015 (380 words) xxxi By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors received temporary approval of its first set of statutes. U.S. Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley of Boston — one of the pope’s top cardinal advisers and president of the pontifical commission, had submitted […]


Spain – From child to mother: 20,000 children give birth every day in developing countries

May 11, 2015 · 

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Published 08/05/2015 (ANS – Madrid) – Some 13 million girls under the age of 18 become pregnant every year worldwide, according to data from the United Nations Population Fund, and almost 95% of them live in developing countries. “Most of these minors do not become mothers by choice. Many are forced into marriage, others are […]


Thai police find second human trafficking camp.

May 9, 2015 ·  By (Kocha Olarn and Don Melvin for

Thai police said Tuesday they had found a second camp used for human trafficking and had discovered three trafficking victims hiding in it. The camp is close to one discovered last week in which Thai authorities said they found the remains of at least 26 people along with one survivor who had to be hospitalized. […]


French soldier-child sex abuse claims in Central African Republic investigated

May 9, 2015 · 

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By Laura Smith-Spar and Sandrine Amiel, CNN Updated 1633 GMT (2333 HKT) May 1, 2015 Paris (CNN)Hungry, homeless young boys in the Central African Republic were forced by French soldiers to perform sex acts on them in return for food or money, the director of an advocacy group said Thursday, citing a confidential United Nations report […]

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