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Trump’s Mexican wall immoral

MEXICO CITY (SE): An editorial published in Desde la Fe, the online newspaper of the Mexico City archdiocese, argues that assisting the United States of America (US) to build a border wall or fence, as proposed by the president, Donald Trump, would be immoral.

Desde la Fe calls the wall “a serious affront to dignity.” It then adds that it would be an immoral act for any Mexican to assist with or be part of building the wall.

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Call from pope to nuke the nukes

HONG KONG (SE): “Not being married, I don’t have children of my own, but my four sisters have given me 17 nieces and nephews and there are now 48 in the next generation,” the former auxiliary of Canberra and Goulburn, Bishop Pat Power, told a rally outside parliament house in Canberra on March 28, as the United Nations (UN) was sitting down in New York to negotiate a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons.

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Half world refugees are children

ROME (SE): Children account for one half of all refugees in the world today, an appeal from Caritas calling for proper protection to be accorded to them says.

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Look for rebirth in original ideals pope counsels European Union

ROME (SE): “It is a way of life, a way of understanding man based on his transcendence and inalienable dignity, as something more than simply a sum of rights to defend or claims to advance,” Pope Francis said in addressing representatives of all 27 members of the European Union on the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome which led to the establishment of the Union on 1 November 1993.
 

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Mock abortion in front of cathedral

BUENOS AIRES (SE): An angry mob descended on the cathedral in Tucman, Argentina, on International Women’s Day, March 8, in what was described as a blatant attack on the image of the person of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

The group staged a mock abortion on a woman dressed as the Blessed Virgin in the street outside the cathedral, using look-alike blood and baby parts coming from under the woman’s dress, local media reported.

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A journalist’s lot is not an easy one

SELANGOR (AsiaNews): “We cannot sell our magazines in public,” a Pakistani journalist told the Asia Journalists Roundtable in Selangor in Malaysia on March 10. Indeed, “We cannot pin our name to stories of persecution.”

The Asia Journalists’ Roundtable was sponsored by the Centre of the Council of Churches of Malaysia and organised by SIGNIS, the World Catholic Association for Communication, to highlight the problems that minority group media face.

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Hong Kong’s twin diocese turns 60

HONG KONG (SE): Hong Kong’s twin diocese of Essen in Germany celebrated its 60th anniversary of foundation on February 23.

It was pioneer country when the diocese was carved out of Münster, Cologne and Paderborn, encompassing the fast developing coal fields and industrial complex of the Ruhr Valley.

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Apostasy is political not religious

CASABLANCA (SE): The High Religious Committee, which is in charge of issuing fatwas (Islamic rulings) in Morocco, released a book in 2012 which articulates its position that apostasy should be punished by death.

Drawing on a widespread jurisprudence tradition, the 2012 book argues that a Muslim who changes his or her religion should be punished with death.

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Vatican commission on child abuse hits a rock

VATICAN (SE): A foundation member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, Marie Collins, tendered her resignation effective from March 1.

Collins is a survivor of clerical sexual abuse and has long been a voice championing the right of survivors to speak out and be listened to. An educationalist, she worked with the archdiocese of Dublin, Ireland, in the setting up of its Child Protection Services.

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Clarifying confessional seal

SYDNEY (SE): Five archbishops in Australia told a hearing at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse on February 24 that they would seek a clarification from the Vatican as to whether the seal of the confessional extends beyond the confession of sin to cover a person who tells of being the victim of a crime.

The bishops were being questioned on a hypothetical case of a young girl telling a priest in the confessional that she was being sexually abused.

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