Category: World Report

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The acidification of oceans will have drastic environmental consequences, speakers told a UN conference last week. Over 3,500 people representing countries, UN agencies and non-governmental organisations attended the conference on sustainable development. Cardinal Peter Turkson from Ghana said that effective regulations to safeguard the world’s oceans are being blocked by “those who are profiting most…

Vatican official demands better policies for refugee children

National and international policies leave migrant children at the mercy of traffickers and sexual predators a Vatican official told the UN. Policies that involve criminalising and detaining child migrants “are an insult to human dignity” and are “the dramatic evidence of existing inequalities and failing systems,” said Archbishop Ivan Jurkovic, Vatican observer to UN agencies…

Missionaries must build bridges with others and bring hope

Missionaries are entrusted with building bridges with Muslims and protecting human rights, Pope Francis told a group of missionaries this week in the Vatican. In a meeting with the Consolata Missionaries, he said they are also charged with bringing hope to poor Christian communities. Pope Francis encouraged them to push beyond the boundaries of their…

US archbishop criticised for compassion towards immigrants

An archbishop in New Mexico has received several unhappy responses after he made a statement denouncing US immigration policy. Archbishop John Wester said that since then people have wrote to him saying they were “dismayed” at his lack of respect for immigration laws. He added that sometimes people say, “what don’t you understand about illegal?”…

Grief across world at London Bridge attack

Catholics across the world have expressed their grief in the wake of the London Bridge terror attack which saw the death of seven people. US Catholics joined the Pope in expressing sorrow for those killed and severely injured in the latest terrorist attacks in London the night of June 3. “The vigil of Pentecost had…

Pope Francis calls for end to the arms trade

Pope Francis’ prayer intention for June is for the elimination of the arms trade. His intentions were made in a video message released on the Vatican’s Youtube channel at the beginning of this month. “It is an absurd contradiction to speak of peace, to negotiate peace, and at the same time, promote or permit the…