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Ending violence against women and girls

She was only a seven-years-old, call her Angelica. She never knew or imagined the sexual violence that was to be done to her by her stepfather, Apolonio Valdez. He took her from the small, two-roomed house to the nearby forest and assaulted and sexually abused her.
 








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No pity from China as Tibetans burn

On November 4, in the Ngaka Tibetan and Qian Autonomous Prefecture, a 23-year-old Tibetan man named, Dorbe, set himself alight in protest against the Chinese government while also calling for the return of the Dalai Lama, the Buddhist leader-in-exile.
 
According to Tibetan human rights groups, this took the number of known cases of self-immolation in Tibet to 153, with 133 of the protesters dying in the process.
 








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Voters may remind Aung San Suu Kyi of her failure

Michael Sainsbury
 
In the latest blow for the persecuted Rohingya people of Myanmar, it took just three days for a half-baked plan to repatriate the Muslim group from refugee camps in Bangladesh to their homeland across the Naf River in the north of Myanmar’s Rakhine State, to collapse.
 








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Is targeting of Catholics pushback from low-level officials?

BANGKOK (CNS): Although China and the Vatican signed a provisional agreement on the appointment of bishops in September, persecution of Chinese Catholics continues.
 
Some believe there is considerable pushback against the Vatican-China deal from inside China’s United Front Work Department (UFWD), the Communist Party-controlled religious bureaucracy, especially at a more localised level.
 

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All life is sacred

Unless we take a stand for life, death will overwhelm us. That is the challenge that greets every one of us who has seen someone that we cared for and loved pass from this life. It is the memory of that person that draws us back to the place where we felt their genuine love. 
 








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Building bridges and making connections with the vulnerable

Mary Yuen
 
In late July, I participated in the International Conference on Catholic Theological Ethics in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. More than 400 participants from about 80 countries around the world gathered together to reflect on the current ethical challenges facing the world, with focus on political crisis and lack of governance, as well as ecological and environmental issues, and responding from the perspective of Catholic moral theology.
 








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But not conquered

My little bit of knowledge gleaned through hours of labour in Latin classes during my school days came to the fore as I watched the closing ceremony of the Invictus Games in Sydney on October 27.
 
In what can only be described as a demonstration of raw human courage and dogged survival spirit, those mauled by the horrors of war demonstrated to the world the extent of solidarity that people are capable of mustering and the ability to overcome almost any setback.
 








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Vietnam deal points way for China-Vatican progress

Michael Sainsbury
 
In 2002 Pope St. John Paul made the appointment that would underpin the Catholic Church’s efforts to begin repairing relations with Asia’s two main communist states, China and Vietnam, when he named Monsignor Pietro Parolin as undersecretary of state for relations with states in the Secretariat of State.
 








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Human trafficking is slavery in our time

It’s impossible to imagine the sheer joy and exuberance of victims of human bondage who have been freed. When Jessica, Ruby, Angelica, Celine and Theresa were liberated from their human traffickers, they could not believe it. That realisation took some time in coming to their well-conditioned and convinced minds that they were in debt and had to work for a long time to pay it off and there was no escape.
 








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Bringing hope to the hopeless

There is a new film now showing in Ireland titled, Black ’47. It is a story set in the year 1847 when Ireland was under British occupation and a devastating famine hit the poor of Ireland when their staple food, the potato, was attacked by a fungus and rotted in the ground. Approximately one million Irish people died of starvation and another million migrated to America and helped to build that country.