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'It would be immoral for Mexicans to help build US border wall'
'It would be immoral for Mexicans to help build US border wall'

Mexicans who help build the much vaunted 'border wall"'along the frontier with the United States would be acting immorally and considered as traitors, according to the Archdiocese of Mexico. In its weekly newsletter the Archdiocese warns: "Any company intending to invest in the wall of Trump, would be immoral, but also all its shareholders and owners

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Pope Francis visits Milan
Pope Francis visits Milan

Pope Francis received a very warm welcome during his pastoral visit to Milan on Saturday. Thousands of people turned out to meet the Holy Father as he travelled by Popemobile to meet with immigrant families in the Forlanini quarter of the city for the start of his day. Upon his arrival, residents gave him two gifts: a priestly stole and a statue of Our Lady.

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Child Brides - a cover for cultural paedophilia

Child Brides - a cover for cultural paedophilia


Since she was 11 years old, Jazell was forced to live alone with an older man of almost 40 years of age. She was treated as if she was his 'wife,' living in the house with him, cooking, cleaning and constantly being sexually abused. She became pregnant at 14 like a normal wife and had a baby. Her father approved it and the community seemed to ignore it or consented to it by looking the other way.

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Pope addresses EU leaders
Pope addresses EU leaders

Pope Francis addressed Heads of State and Heads of Government of European Union countries on Friday afternoon, the eve of the 60th anniversary of the signing of the treaties creating the European Economic Community and the European Atomic Energy Community - the first major structural steps toward creating the European Union.

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New report highlights multiple faces of inequality in Latin America and Caribbean
New report highlights multiple faces of inequality in Latin America and Caribbean

A new Christian Aid report highlights that inequality in the region based on identity, gender, economic situation, climate change impact or geographic location remains an outrage. These inequalities interlink and exacerbate exclusion for many people, stalling development. Women bear the brunt of inequalities in Latin America and the Caribbean:t hey are more often victims of

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 Pope: Today's migration crisis is the greatest tragedy since WW2
Pope: Today's migration crisis is the greatest tragedy since WW2

Pope Francis has called for an ongoing commitment to welcome and integrate migrants and refugees and described the current migration crisis as the world's greatest tragedy after the Second World War. Speaking during Wednesday's General Audience in St Peter's Square, which was attended by members of the Migrantes Foundation, an arm of the Italian Bishops' Conference which

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Columbans report on devastating floods in Peru
Columbans report on devastating floods in Peru

"The floods in Peru are flash floods. With the lashing downpours we have seen in recent weeks, dry river beds have become torrential rivers of water mixed with soil and rocks and whatever else they bring with it. Three of the Dioceses in which we work have been affected: Carabayllo, Chosica and Chimbote. Fr Kevin McDonagh in Samanco, Chimbote, is cut off from the

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US Bishops: Living as a people of God in unsettled times
US Bishops: Living as a people of God in unsettled times

The US Conference of Catholic Bishops Administrative Committee has issued a pastoral reflection today in solidarity with those who have been forced to flee their homes due to violence, conflict or fear in their native lands. In the statement, the bishops encourage each of us to do what we can to accompany migrants and refugees who seek a better life in the United States...

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Malta: Catholics offer support to Anglican Cathedral
Malta: Catholics offer support to Anglican Cathedral

The Roman Catholic Bishop of Gozo, Bishop Mario Grech, in a gesture urging for more unity between Catholics and Anglicans , announced earlier this month that all collections from one Sunday's Masses in Gozo would be donated to the St Paul's Anglican Cathedral's Restoration Appeal - 'Save Valletta's Skyline'. Towering 200 feet over the seaward

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Egypt: Tour operators plan 'Way of the Holy Family'
Egypt: Tour operators plan 'Way of the Holy Family'

News that Pope Francis is visiting Egypt next month is encouraging tour operators to promote the country as a destination for Christian pilgrims. Two years ago, a pilgrimage route: the 'Way of the Holy Family' was identified, following in the footsteps of Mary, Joseph and the Infant Jesus on their journey back to Palestine from Egypt. This starts from the town of Al-Arish -

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China: Two-child policy has not ended forced abortions
China: Two-child policy has not ended forced abortions

You may have heard reports that China has moved to a two-child policy for all couples, "abandoning its decades-long one-child policy." Characterizing this latest modification as "abandoning" the One-Child Policy is misleading. A two-child policy has not ended any of the human rights abuses caused by the One Child Policy, including forced abortion, involuntary

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US Bishops fear Trump healthcare plan will hurt poor and vulnerable
US Bishops fear Trump healthcare plan will hurt poor and vulnerable

In a letter sent to the US House of Representatives, Bishop Frank J Dewane of Venice, Florida notes that, while the recently introduced American Health Care Act (AHCA) commendably contains key provisions in defense of life, the proposed legislation also creates "grave challenges for poor and vulnerable people that must be addressed" by Congress before passage.

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Philippine Jesuits join bishops in opposing efforts to revive death penalty
Philippine Jesuits join bishops in opposing efforts to revive death penalty

The Philippine Jesuits have joined the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) in condemning efforts to revive the death penalty. "The Philippine Jesuits stand behind our bishops in condemning the wanton disregard for life that capital punishment represents, something made even more repulsive in a context where rampant killing has been taking place with apparent

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Kenya: Parish caretaker killed in robbery
Kenya: Parish caretaker killed in robbery

The guardian of Nyalenda parish, a slum in the city of Kisumu, in the center-west of Kenya, on Lake Victoria, was killed in a robbery in the night between 18 and 19 March. George Omondi, 47, father of five, was shot several times in the head and neck by bandits who were trying to enter Fr George Kraakman's house, a Dutch Mill Hill missionary. Fr George woke up due to the noise, and f

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West Bank: Seats reserved for Christians in local elections
West Bank: Seats reserved for Christians in local elections

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) has confirmed the number of seats reserved for each city to Christian candidates with a presidential decree, ahead of the municipal elections scheduled for 13 May. According to the decree, dated 15 March, eight seats out of 15 will be reserved to Christian candidates in the municipal councils in Ramallah and Bethlehem, and

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 Pope: Lent is an opportunity to draw near to Christ
Pope: Lent is an opportunity to draw near to Christ

In his Angelus address with pilgrims in St Peter's Square on Sunday, Pope Francis reflected on the day's Gospel about the meeting of Jesus with the Samaritan woman at the well. "Perhaps we have not yet encountered Jesus personally. Perhaps we have not recognised Him as our Saviour." Because of the great respect Jesus shows the woman - and despite her being a Samaritan,

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Calais: Things have never been so tough
Calais: Things have never been so tough

News from those working in Calais is that things have never been so tough. The French 'welcome centres' distributed across the country may have provided a solution for some people, but for those where it didn't, conditions are worse than the Jungle ever was. There are hundreds of refugees, mostly minors, sleeping rough on the streets of Calais and Paris with no access to

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Pope to visit Egypt
Pope to visit Egypt

Pope Francis will travel to Egypt at the end of next month. Greg Burke, Director of the Holy See Press Office, said in a statement today (Saturday 18 March); "In response to the invitation from the President of the Republic, the Bishops of the Catholic Church, His Holiness Pope Tawadros II and the Grand Imam of the Mosque of Al Azhar, Sheikh Ahmed Mohamed el-Tayyib, His Holiness Pope Francis will make an Apostolic trip

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Mali: No news of kidnapped nun
Mali: No news of kidnapped nun

A Colombian missionary nun, kidnapped in Mali more than six weeks ago is still missing. Sister Gloria Cecilia Narváez Argoti, was abducted by a group of armed men by armed men who broke into the church in Sikasso in southern Mali where she was working in the morning on 9 February. No groups have claimed responsibility for the kidnapping.

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US  Christian leaders urge administration not to cut overseas aid
US Christian leaders urge administration not to cut overseas aid

106 US Christian leaders wrote to the government on Thursday, supporting America's International Affairs Budget - "that every day brings hope to poor, hungry, vulnerable and displaced men, women and children around the world", and urging the government not to cut it in the future. Signatories include: Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York, Bishop Gregory J Mansour, Chairman of

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Pope Francis: Three characteristics of a good confessor
Pope Francis: Three characteristics of a good confessor

Pope Francis met today (Friday) with participants at an annual course on the internal forum, organised by the Apostolic Penitentiary. In his words to the group, the Pope spoke about the formation of good confessors, focusing on three characteristics which should guide their work. Firstly, Pope Francis said, a good confessor is a true friend of Jesus, the Good Shepherd, and a person dedicated to prayer. A Ministry of Reconciliation

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Pope to lead '24 Hours for the Lord' Penitential Service
Pope to lead '24 Hours for the Lord' Penitential Service

Pope Francis will preside over a penitential service at the Vatican on Friday, in anticipation of the '24 Hours for the Lord' initiative. The service will take place on Friday 17 March, one week before all churches around the world are asked to offer the sacrament of Reconciliation, a request made by the Pontifical Council for the Promoting of the New Evangelization. The theme of the initiative this year comes from the Gospel according to Saint Matthew: 'I desire Mercy'

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Caritas on 'bitter 1st anniversary' of EU-Turkey deal
Caritas on 'bitter 1st anniversary' of EU-Turkey deal

Caritas Europa says the organisation finds it shameful that last year's EU-Turkey deal has left thousands of people stranded in inhumane and degrading conditions in Greece, inevitably resulting in others taking more dangerous routes to seek protection in the EU. "The EU cannot continue externalising the management of migration. Focusing on internal security and deterrence is not the solution. We need a paradigm shift and must stop criminalising migration.

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Argentina: Priest transferred after receiving death threats from drug dealers
Argentina: Priest transferred after receiving death threats from drug dealers

A priest who worked with young people, helping them to overcome drug addiction, has been moved from his parish after receiving repeated death threats. In a letter, the Bishop of the diocese of Merlo-Moreno, His Exc Mgr Fernando Carlos Maletti, announced that Fr Eduardo Farrell will be transferred from Sagrado Corazon parish elsewhere, for his own safety. The Bishop said the illicit drug trade in the neighbourhoods is increasing more and more among the young.

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Pope: closing firms without protecting workers is a grave sin
Pope: closing firms without protecting workers is a grave sin

Pope Francis said on Wednesday that it is a "very grave sin" to fire employees "as a result of economic operations and unclear negotiations." Speaking at the end of his General Audience which was attended by a group of employees from the TV network Sky Italia, who could be facing redundancy as the company undergoes change and downsizing, Pope Francis expressed his hope for a rapid solution that "takes into account the respect for the rights of all, especially for families."

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