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Social progress in Indonesia as women receive awards

Published 23-04-2014

Social progress in Indonesia as women receive awards Five women from across Indonesia were honored on Tuesday during the annual Kartini Next Generation Awards, named after Raden Ayu Kartini, an early 19th-century pioneer for the rights of women in the country. The awards, launched in 2012, commemorate achievements by women in education, business, art, culture, […]

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Museums launch exhibit on Indonesia

Published 23-04-2014

Museums launch exhibit on Indonesia A fascinating exhibit on Indonesia has opened, featuring objects and artifacts from the Vatican’s Ethnological Museum. […] ucanews.com

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Questions raised over speed of papal canonizations

Published 23-04-2014

Questions raised over speed of papal canonizations  Hundreds of pilgrims wind their way around St. Peter’s Square as tour guides shout in multiple languages. Beggars have their hands outstretched amid warnings of an invasion of pickpockets from abroad. Acro […] ucanews.com

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Cardinal speaks of resentful mutterings in the Curia

Published 23-04-2014

Cardinal speaks of resentful mutterings in the Curia Pope Francis is seeking to build a "new way of being church" for Roman Catholics in a similar way to how St. Francis of Assisi reported being told by God to repair the church during the 13th century, a cardinal who is one of the pontiff’s closest […]

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Amnesty International issues damning report on Qatar

Published 23-04-2014

Amnesty International issues damning report on Qatar Amnesty International, the UK-based human-rights group, has accused Qatar for failing to protect migrant domestic workers, saying they are exposed to a greater extent of abuse than construction workers and are trapped by employers. A report published on Wednesday called My sleep is my break: Exploitation of migrant do […] […]

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Papua New Guinea Catholics honor first missionaries

Published 23-04-2014

Papua New Guinea Catholics honor first missionaries Catholics in Papua New Guinea honored the evangelization, 80 years ago, of the remote interior of the nation’s main island by making a pilgrimage in the steps of its first missionaries.“After 80 years, the Catholic faithful in the Archdiocese of Mount Hagen felt it is time to s […]

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Philippine organic farmers urge end to GMO rice

Published 23-04-2014

Philippine organic farmers urge end to GMO rice Go Organic Mindanao, a network of organic food advocates, yesterday launched a signature campaign urging the Philippines government to stop the commercialization of the genetically modified rice variety known as "golden rice." Fr Joy Pelino, head of Marbel diocese’s social action center, urged Mindanao farmers and res […]

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Brunei’s Sharia law switch threatens Christianity

Published 23-04-2014

Brunei’s Sharia law switch threatens Christianity Brunei intends to introduce in the near future sweeping changes to its legal system, adding a heavy dose of Islam and moving the country closer to Afghanistan, Pakistan and about a dozen other countries in the world where Sharia law is widely enforced. Under Brunei’s Sharia law system, practices […]

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Rights group slams India’s classroom discrimination

Published 23-04-2014

Rights group slams India’s classroom discrimination Some Indian teachers force children from lower castes and minority religions to clean toilets and sit separately from their classmates as part of "persistent" discrimination in classrooms, a rights group said Tuesday. Human  […] ucanews.com

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Anti-nuclear priest fights for election in India

Published 22-04-2014

Anti-nuclear priest fights for election in India Life as a parish priest has never been the same for M.P. Jesuraj since his parishioners decided to protest aggressively against a Russian-sponsored nuclear power project in their village of Koodankulam, Tamil Nadu, in 2010. He converted his parish home at Our Lady of Lourdes Church into a campaign center […]

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