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Hopes for shared communion

ROME (SE): “I hope that the next declaration opens the way for shared Eucharistic communion in special cases,” Walter Cardinal Kasper said in expressing his hope for ecumenical progress through intercommunion.

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Ex-Catholics are becoming younger

WASHINGTON (SE): “Young Catholics are leaving the faith at an early age—sometimes before the age of 10—and their reasons are deeper than being bored at Mass,” Mark Gray, a senior research associate at the Centre for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University (CARA), says in a new report published in conjunction with two national studies done in the United States of America by the centre.

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Loved bishop of Sao Paulo mourned

SAO PAULO (SE): Pope Francis has sent a message of condolence to Odilo Pedro Cardinal Scherer, the archbishop of São Paulo, Brazil, following the death on December 14 of its former archbishop, Paulo Cardinal Arns, at the age of 95.

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Uganda hosting floods of refugees from South Sudan

KAMPALA (SE): The African nation of Uganda has seen more refugees coming across its borders in the last four months than arrived in the European nation of Greece during the first 10 months of this year.

Its once sparsely populated northern grassland of Bidi Bidi has in a short space of time been transformed into what Caritas Uganda describes of the second largest refugee shelter in the world.

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Massacre on cards in South Sudan

JUBA (SE) : “Over 100,000 people are living in fear and uncertainty and are unable to leave the city,” Bishop Erkolano Lodu Tombe, from Equatoria, South Sudan, told Radio Easter in Juba.

He said that the country has been hit by a wave of murders and massacres, which are believed to have been carried out by mixed military-civilian groups that target suspected supporters of the former vice president, Riek Machar.

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’Tis the season to give a damn

LONDON (SE): “Every Christmas, a romanticised picture is presented of the Holy Land of the past,” Leigh Daynes, the executive director of Doctors of the World in the United Kingdom (UK), said in launching set of Christmas cards depicting the Holy Family amidst images of the devastation of war.

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Hate crimes in United States

WASHINGTON (CWN): A total of 69 people were victims of 59 hate-crime offences motivated by anti-Catholic bias in the United States of America during 2015, a report from the Federal Bureau of Investigation says.

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Marrakesh ignores human rights at climate meeting

ROME (SE): A report released by Caritas describes the messages sent out by the various states represented at the Conference of Parties (COP) 22 held in Marrakesh in Morocco from November 7 to 18 as positive, but weak.

The Caritas report, which was released on November 22, says that the biggest disappointment is human rights continue to be sidelined, especially the rights of indigenous people, women, children and vulnerable communities.

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Lessons from Seoul

SEOUL (UCAN): South Korea is currently going through a politically tumultuous time, with the long standing demand for the president, Park Geun-Hye, to step down.

A Hong Kong person named Ching resident in South Korea for some time, says in an article posted by UCAN that the darkness and distress Park brought with her in 2013 has worsened since a political crisis broke out in mid-October. In a televised address, Park said she is now permitting the National Assembly to decide her fate.

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India moves towards a common civil code

NEW DELHI (UCAN): India has initiated a process to establish a uniform personal code to replace its religion-based family law system, but the leaders of various religious bodies, including Christian Churches, are baulking at the suggestion.

The Law Commission of India has published a notice seeking public opinion on the issue.

It is asking all concerned groups to engage with the commission by responding to a questionnaire.

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