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An unseen generosity

I met Alamid while I was in Germany. He told me he was a refugee from Syria. Their house had been partly destroyed by barrel bombs dropped by the armies of Bashar al-Assad, the Russian-supported Syrian dictator.

Alamid, together with his family and an uncle, is among the hundreds of non-combatant families bombed out of home who has lost all of his possessions. They survive the bombs by taking shelter in basements.








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Vote for migrant-friendly candidates

MANILA (UCAN): Bishop Ruperto Santos is encouraging Filipinos abroad to vote for candidates who promote the welfare of migrants, as the absentee voting for this year’s presidential election got underway on April 9.

More than a million Filipinos—1,326,728 land-based and 49,339 sea-based—have registered for the overseas absentee vote in this year’s election.

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Pope gets up Trump’s nose

WASHINGTON (SE): An age of derivative journalism has ensured that even the craziest kites flown by the Republican presidential candidate in the United States of America, Donald Trump, receive wide exposure in the skies of the whole world.

The latest tells how Pope Francis has got right up the nose of the flamboyant demagogue.

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Mercy can make us artisans of peace pope tells diplomats

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Cold indifference to migrants, the poor, the hungry and the persecuted must be overcome through the warmth of mercy, which can transform people into artisans of peace, Pope Francis said in a January 11 speech to ambassadors to the Holy See. 

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Migrants and elephants are threatened species

HONG KONG (SE): What do migrants and elephants have in common? Well, apart from sharing December 18 as a day to draw attention to their situation, both are regarded as beasts of burden and both are threatened species, as they face constant hazards.

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Subduing evil with mercy

THE NOVEMBER 13 terrorist attacks on Paris have made the upcoming Jubilee Year of Mercy all the more relevant.

Mercy is fundamental to resolving violence. Mercy, rather than pity, allows lives to be linked with each other and bridges of peace to be built. In the fight against systematic violence, mercy must be proclaimed through dialogue and collaboration.








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Accept a refugee family pope says

VATICAN (SE): Pope Francis called on every parish and religious house in Europe to adopt at least one refugee family on September 6.

He said that as the United Nations is reporting that a record number of people are pressing on the borders of European countries, mostly from war-torn Syria, Eritrea and Afghanistan, it would make a big difference.

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