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Priest burnt in sulphuric acid attack during confession Comments 0

Monday, December 10th, 2018

A 59-year old priest in Nicaragua has been injured in a sulphuric acid attack while hearing confessions. Fr Mario Guevara was taken to hospital to be treated for severe burns to his face, arms, and shoulders. The alleged attacker, 24 year old Elis Leonidovna Gonn, was detained by people in the cathedral as she tried Read more

UK detention centre death “won’t be the last” Comments 0

Monday, December 10th, 2018

An Algerian man’s death at a UK detention centre won’t be the last, says Beatrice Grasso, the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) UK’s detention outreach manager. “This is not the first death in detention this year, and I fear it will not be the last time something like this happens. “It is a testament to the Read more

World’s richest man donates $100 million to help homeless Comments 0

Monday, December 10th, 2018

The world’s richest man has donated almost US$100 million to address homelessness in the US. Three Catholic charities are among the 24 not-for-profit enterprises that will benefit from Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos’s newly launched philanthropic fund. Catholic charities in one archdiocese to benefit from the funds say this will help them assist homeless Read more

Samoan church leaders in court on tax avoidance charges Comments 0

Monday, December 10th, 2018

Samoan church leaders from the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa are appearing in court today to answer to tax avoidance charges. The church’s chairman, Tauti’aga Senara, and his deputy, Tunumoso Iosia, are scheduled to be the first to appear in the Samoa District Court. Over 10 ministers have been charged with tax avoidance so far Read more

Thousands of refugees die or vanish going to US Comments 0

Monday, December 10th, 2018

Thousands of refugees have died or gone missing along on their way to the US via Mexico. The Associated Press says the estimated 4,000 Latin American migrants reported missing or dead is likely low as bodies may be lost in the desert, or relatives may not report missing loved ones who were migrating illegally. Read Read more

Intolerance of Christians ‘last acceptable prejudice’ Comments 0

Monday, December 10th, 2018

Intolerance of Christians is the ‘last acceptable prejudice’, says , the Vatican Secretary for Relations with States, Archbishop Paul Gallagher. Quoting Pope Francis, Gallagher says there’s a tendency to reduce religions “to the quiet obscurity of the individual’s conscience or to relegate them to the enclosed precincts of churches, synagogues or mosques.” Read more

Humanitarian organisation blames Australia for mental health crisis Comments 0

Thursday, December 6th, 2018

A report which the humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF/ Doctors without Borders) released this week says the island nation of Nauru is facing a mental health crisis. The Indefinite Despair report includes medical data MSF gathered during the past year while it was contracted by the Nauruan government to deliver mental health services. These Read more

Prince Charles praises persecuted Christians’ inspiring faith Comments 0

Thursday, December 6th, 2018

Prince Charles says Christians from the Middle East have shown “inspiring faith and courage” in the face of oppression and persecution. Making a plea for peace and saying “extremism and division” are not inevitable, Charles said he had been privileged to have met many people “with such inspiring faith and courage” who were battling oppression Read more

Nativity scene shows baby Jesus in a cage – like other refugee kids Comments 0

Thursday, December 6th, 2018

Locking baby Jesus in a cage and corralling the wise men into an area marked “deportation” is not what you’d expect a nativity scene to look like. Yet this year’s nativity scene at St Susanna’s parish in Massachusetts shows exactly that scene. Set beneath a sign that asks the question “Peace on Earth?”, the scene Read more

Survival of the fittest – adapt or civilisation will collapse Comments 0

Thursday, December 6th, 2018

Civilisation will collapse unless we make some urgent changes, Sir David Attenborough told delegates from almost 200 nations at the UN Climate Summit (COP24) taking place in Katowice, Poland. “Right now, we’re facing a man-made disaster of global scale,” Attenborough said on Monday, just two months after a UN report underlined the need to keep Read more