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As a brief cease-fire agreement failed and Syrian government forces returned to bombing Aleppo and fighting rebels in the city streets, Pope Francis made a forceful appeal for assistance for the thousands of innocent civilians trapped in the besieged city...


Parramatta’s Bishop Vincent Long has written in his diocesan paper Catholic Outlook of dining with Pope Francis in Rome and discussing the global refugee crisis. Throughout his papacy Francis has made appeals on behalf of refugees and migrants, while Bishop Long one of the hundreds of thousands of “boat people” who fled Vietnam’s communist regime after the Vietnam War...


The Catholic Church has strongly opposed the creation of a new government department to oversee religious affairs in Zambia, warning it risked turning the country into a theocracy and extending state control over religion...


Poland look set to commit a near total ban on abortion to law, as parliament votes overwhelming in favour of tougher legislation. On 23 September, a total of 267 members of the Polish Parliament's lower house voted in favour of a new bill that would allow terminations only if the mother’s life was at risk and increase the maximum jail term for practitioners from two years to five...


The Pope’s three-day visit to Georgia and Azerbaijan this weekend marks the latest papal initiative to foster dialogue and understanding in the world’s troubled regions. With just under 300 Catholics, a Muslim population of more than 90 per cent and a president accused of appalling human rights abuses, Azerbaijan is not an obvious location for a papal visit...

 


Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos and the rebel Farc leader Rodrigo Londono have signed an historic peace agreement in the Caribbean city of Cartagena which effectively ends 52 years of a civil war that has claimed the lives of more than 260,000 people and forced more than 6 million people out of their homes and communities...

 


Heythrop College has been put up for sale by its owners in a move that could net the owners more than £100 million and any developer purchasing the 2.7-acre site in one of the most sought after areas in Europe three times that amount...


The campaign of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump announced that it has formed a group of Catholic leaders to advise him "on those issues and policies important to Catholics and other people of faith in America." A news release said the Catholic Advisory Group "is a key element of the Faith and Cultural Advisory Committee to the campaign."


Pope Francis urged the families of victims of this summer's lorry terror attack in Nice to respond with forgiveness, while stressing that he wanted to "share their pain."

 


Pope Francis today announced a toughening up of the miracle approval process for potential saints, ruling that a near unanimous agreement of medical experts was needed and that they cannot be paid for their services in cash. 


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