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Catholic-Protestant Initiative Brings Refugees To Italy On Humanitarian Visas

A Catholic-Protestant initiative is bringing refugees from Lebanon and Morocco to Italy on humanitarian visas to spare them deadly sea crossings. Most are old, sick or women with young children.<p>Transcript<p>ARI SHAPIRO, HOST:<p>Catholic and Protestant associations in Italy have launched a pilot project …

Asylum Seekers

Malaysia arrests hacker for supplying U.S. targets to Islamic State | Reuters

KUALA LUMPUR/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - At the request of the United States, Malaysia has arrested a man on charges of hacking personal data of more than a thousand U.S. officials and handing it to Islamic State militants in Syria so they could target the individuals.<p>The man, 20-year-old Ardit Ferizi …

North Africa

America's dark and not-very-distant history of hating Catholics

Progressives and conservatives are in a rare unity welcoming Pope Francis to the US, but anti-Catholicism was rampant before John F Kennedy was president<p>Congress and the United Nations rolling out their red carpets, nuns working overtime to bake communion hosts, prison inmates carving a walnut …

Religion

Kentucky clerk jailed for defying court orders on gay marriage

<b>A US judge has ordered that a Kentucky official be jailed for contempt of court after she repeatedly refused to issue marriage licences to gay couples.</b><p>Kim Davis has said that her Christian faith should exempt her from signing the licences.<p>The US Supreme Court declared gay marriage legal in …

LGBTQI

#BuyPens: Fund for Syria Refugee Abdul Reaches $58K in 22 Hours

A photo of an exhausted Syrian refugee selling pens on the street while carrying his sleeping daughter has triggered an online campaign that's raised $58,000 — or more than $2,500 per hour.<p>The picture went viral after it was posted on Twitter and retweeted by Norway-based Gissur Simonarson.<p>It …

Middle East

800 million still hungry and poor despite progress of millennium goals: U.N. | Reuters

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - About 800 million people still live in dire poverty and suffer from hunger despite the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) being the most successful anti-poverty push in history, the U.N. said on Monday.<p>The number of people living in extreme …

Africa

Catholic organisations call for people to change lifestyles to help environment

CIDSE, international alliance of Catholic social justice groups, follows Pope Francis’s environmental encyclical by calling for action against global warming<p>More than a dozen Catholic organisations will on Wednesday launch a campaign calling on people to make radical changes to their lifestyle …

Sustainability

The Week in Review: Supreme Court Rules on Marriage Equality

Today, the United States Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in an historic 5-4 ruling. The decision was quickly celebrated by gay rights advocates across the country, as well as President Obama, who extended his congratulations and support in a phone call on live television.<p>Along with heads …

Cat stationmaster Tama mourned in Japan, elevated as goddess

TOKYO (AP) — Tama the stationmaster, Japan's feline star of a struggling local railway, was mourned by company officials and fans and elevated into a goddess at a funeral Sunday.<p>The calico cat was appointed stationmaster at the Kishi station in western Japan in 2007. Donning her custom-made …

Japan

U.S. military exercise a lightning rod for suspicion, conspiracy theories

Time and again, Joe Biggs returns to the idea of what he calls "conditioning" – the notion that the U.S. government, as a preface to some totalitarian dystopia, is slowly trying to get its citizens used to the idea of armed soldiers patrolling Main Street.<p>From his perch at a bar in Austin, Mr. …

Government

Global cost of war reaches $14 trillion, says report

Wars in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan highlight how half the world is suffering more conflict, while the other half enjoys growing levels of peace<p>More than $14 trillion (£8.9 trillion) was spent on international conflicts in the past year, according to a report by the Institute for Economics and …

How a scientist in a parking lot may have influenced the Pope and climate change

<b>(CNN) —</b> Professor Veerabhadran Ramanathan is a man of science who deals in data-driven evidence and provable facts, but he is absolutely convinced religion is the key to stopping global warming.<p>"The problem is getting worse, and society isn't fixing it," Ramanathan said.<p>Religion, he says, is the …

Climate Change

UNHCR: Refugee numbers reach highest ever recorded

<b>(CNN) —</b> There are more refugees in the world today than ever previously recorded -- and more than half are children, the United Nations refugee agency said Thursday.<p>Nearly 60 million people were counted as forcibly displaced in 2014, according to the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for …

North Africa

Recruiting married gay priest would not have harmed church, bishop admits

Discrimination case against Anglican church hears Rt Rev Richard Inwood challenged on decision to refuse chaplain role to Canon Jeremy Pemberton<p>A bishop who refused to recruit as hospital chaplain a clergyman who married his same-sex partner, has said the appointment would not have harmed the …

Church of England

Pope demands 'action now' to save planet from environmental ruin | Reuters

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis demanded swift action on Thursday to save the planet from environmental ruin, urging world leaders to hear “the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor” and plunging the Catholic Church into political controversy over climate change.<p>In the first papal document …

Climate

Don’t let corporations spoil the spirit of Pride

Like many other trade unionists and activists for the rights of lesbians, gays, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people we had been really looking forward to marching at the front of London Pride this year alongside members of the original Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners (LGSM) in a recreation …

United Kingdom

Climate change conference in Paris later this year is of global importance

The intervention by Pope Francis has humanised what often is a forbiddingly technical and arcane debate<p><b>What is the significance of the Paris climate talks?</b><p>In 30 years, carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere will have risen to such an extent that temperatures will be 2C higher than in …

Climate