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#RedWednesday: First-hand Testimonies of Persecution

Aid to the Church in Need (ACN)’s #RedWednesday event yesterday (25th November) featured testimonies from those living day by day with persecution, including kidnapped teenager Maira Shahbaz and Nigeria’s Archbishop Kaigama, who had one of his priests kidnapped earlier this week. Maira Shahbaz, a 14-year-old Christian girl from Pakistan, described how she had been abducted,…

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Brazil: Local George Floyd Episode

In Brazil, the killing of a Black man by security guards in the parking lot of a supermarket in Porto Alegre has sparked protests against racism in several Brazilian cities and caused strong reactions in the media. Forty-year-old João Alberto Silveira Freitas was buying groceries with his wife in a Carrefour supermarket on Nov. 19…

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Pakistan: Kidnappings, Forced Conversions Human Rughts Issue – Cardinal Coutts

“We are citizens of Pakistan and the law is the same for every citizen of Pakistan; it is the State’s responsibility to ensure justice for its citizens,” said Cardinal Joseph Coutts of Pakistan. “The issue of kidnapping, forced conversions and forced marriages should be dealt with on the basis of fundamental human rights, rather than…

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India: Jailed Elderly Jesuit Priest -Finding Happiness in Listening to Stories of Inmates

Father Stan Swamy, 84, has been in Taloja Central Jail in Mumbai, capital of Maharashtra in western India, since Oct. 9 following his arrest on charges of sedition and links with outlawed Maoist rebels. The priest is suffering from Parkinson’s disease, a hernia and age-related ailments and is unable to eat and drink without help from…

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Pope Francis in New Book: Let Us Dream

The author describes the work as Francis’ “spiritual guidance for a world in crisis, a personal manifesto for profound social change, and a summons to each person to choose a better future.” In a press release, the text is said to address: the anti-racist protests over the death of George Floyd, and the toppling of…

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Pope Francis to Young Economists: ‘Work not only for the Poor, but with the Poor’.

In a video message Saturday, Pope Francis encouraged young economists and entrepreneurs from around the world to bring Jesus to their cities, and to work not only for the poor, but with the poor. Addressing participants of the Economy of Francesco online event, the pope said Nov. 21 that changing the world is about much…

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India’s Covid-19 Crisis

COVID-19 has sent India’s once red hot economy into a tailspin and left tens of millions of people jobless. Growth has plunged into the negative territory. But it’s the poor who’ve been hit the hardest by the pandemic and the economic disruption. Some had committed suicide due to their inability to get out of their…

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Cameroon – Nigeria: No End to Refugee Crisis

Drawing attention to the region, the Vatican office points out the irony of Nigerians crossing the border in the northern areas seeking safety in Cameroon while Cameroonians are also crossing into the southeastern region of Nigeria.  As the conflicts rage on, many innocent people have been killed, children forced to drop out of school and…