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Nigeria: At least 70 priests and religious people kidnapped or killed in last five years

About 20 clergymen including at least eight Catholic Priests/Seminarians were killed in the past five year and more than 50 abducted or kidnapped. This is what a report by Nigerian NGO, International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law (Intersociety) writes. The report says that available statistics have shown that between 11,500 and 12,000 …

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Reflection: Spirituality in a time of Coronavirus

Churches around the world have had to cancel Sunday services because of the coronavirus. In the Vatican, services for Holy Week, the most sacred time of the liturgical year, will exclude the faithful.  The cancelling of church and sporting events has convinced most Americans that something significant is happening. After all, there is nothing more …

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Reflection: The Rise of the Political Extreme Right

An authoritarian tyrant whose name will live in infamy has crushed, oppressed, bombed, executed and gassed women and children, jailed and tortured his opponents and dissidents in Syria. Almost a million of them that remain in Idlib, North Western Syria, are under daily attack and continuous bombardment. Schools, hospitals, clinics and markets are the favourite …

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World arms exports continued to increase over the last five years, except for Africa

International arms exports increased by 5% between 2015 and 2019 compared to the previous five years, according to new data from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), which also noted that Africa’s arms exports declined during this period. SIPRI has just revealed that the largest exporters of arms during the past five years were …

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Pope chooses ‘synodality’ as theme for 2022 synod

Pope Francis has decided the next world Synod of Bishops at the Vatican, which will take place in October 2022, will have the theme: “For a synodal church: Communion, participation and mission.” “Synodality,” which literally means “walking together,” has become a key topic of Francis’ pontificate, but one which has raised questions and even confusion. …

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