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Myanmar social media anger after Pope uses ‘Rohingya’ word

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VIVA IL PAPA. Pope Francis waves to the Catholic faithful as he arrives at the stadium where he is scheduled to say mass in Yangon on November 29, 2017. Lilian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Myanmar’s Catholic church earlier advised Francis not to stray into the incendiary issue of the status of the Rohingya in Myanmar, in case he worsened tensions and endangered Christians

YANGON, Myanmar (Dec. 3, 2017) — Pope Francis’s embrace of the Rohingya during a trip to Bangladesh has sparked some angry comment on social media in Myanmar, where just days earlier he chose not to publicly air their plight. Continue reading Myanmar social media anger after Pope uses ‘Rohingya’ word

Catholic church to make record divestment from fossil fuels

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A Catholic church spire against smoky coal power plants in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo

More than 40 Catholic institutions will make largest ever faith-based divestment, on the anniversary of the death of St Francis of Assisi

October 3, 2017 — More than 40 Catholic institutions are to announce the largest ever faith-based divestment from fossil fuels, on the anniversary of the death of St Francis of Assisi. Continue reading Catholic church to make record divestment from fossil fuels

Caritas Manila to help Marawi victims through livelihood

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VICTIMS NEED LIVELIHOOD. Radio Veritas launches news and public service program ‘Pandesal Forum’ with (left to right) Wilson Lee Flores, George Siy, Caritas Manila executive director Fr. Anton Pascual, and Jarkie Miranda.

The Catholic Church, through Caritas Manila, is planning to provide livelihood programs to help Marawi victims get back on track

MANILA, Philippines (Aug. 2, 2017) — The Catholic Church has been one of the most active sectors in sending aid to Marawi victims. Its humanitarian, development, and advocacy arm Caritas Philippines, or the National Secretariat for Social Action (NASSA), donated P10 million pesos in July to internally displaced victims. Continue reading Caritas Manila to help Marawi victims through livelihood

Caritas PH brings P10-M aid to home-based Marawi evacuees

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EVACUEES. NASSA/Caritas Philippines during its rapid needs assessment in one of the evacuation areas in Iligan City. Photo courtesy of NASSA/Caritas Philippines

An estimated number of 97,788 families from Marawi or 438,701 evacuees are staying with their relatives or friends in surrounding regions

MANILA, Philippines (Jul. 19, 2017) — At least 114,715 families or 522,778 persons have been displaced by the ongoing armed conflict in Marawi City as of July 17, Monday. Continue reading Caritas PH brings P10-M aid to home-based Marawi evacuees

Pope Francis on Zika, Contraception a lesser evil

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BABY AFFECTED. Leticia de Araujo holds her daughter, one-month-old Manuelly Araujo da Cruz, who was born with microcephaly after being exposed to the Zika virus during her mother’s pregnancy, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, February 11, 2016. File photo by Antonio Lacerda/EPA
The pontiff says abortion is a crime, but adds that ‘avoiding a pregnancy is not an absolute evil’

VATICAN CITY, Holy See (Feb. 19, 2016) — Pope Francis insisted Thursday, February 18, that abortion was always a crime but hinted that the Church could exceptionally relax its ban on contraception for women at risk of contracting the Zika virus.

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