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Saudi Arabia: 600 lashes and 7 years for a blogger

The founder of the Free Saudi Liberals website, Raif Badawi, has been found guilty of insulting Islam through his website and in comments he made on television in Saudi Arabia and sentenced to 600 lashes and 7 years in prison. He is already in prison but can appeal the sentence. Badawi, convicted of violating Saudi […]

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Quote: “If a person is gay and seeks God and has good will, who am I to judge him?” (Pope Francis)

“If a person is gay and seeks God and has good will, who am I to judge him?” said Pope Francis in a press conference on his flight back from Brazil answering questions. The quote was the end of an answer to a question on Msgr. Ricca, a prelate of the IOR, about whom an Italian […]

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Link: EU envoy meets deposed Egypt president Morsi

EU envoy meets deposed Egypt president Morsi – Middle East – Al Jazeera English. Catherine Ashton holds two-hour discussion with former leader, his first known contact with outsiders since his removal. Catherine Ashton, the European Union foreign policy chief, has met Egypt’s deposed president Mohamed Morsi, his first known contact with the outside world since he was toppled […]

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Egypt: Many Protesters Shot in Head or Chest | Human Rights Watch

Egypt: Many Protesters Shot in Head or Chest | Human Rights Watch. Summary: Risk of Further Killings as Security Officials Threaten to Forcibly Break up Sit-Ins “The use of deadly fire on such a scale so soon after the interim president announced the need to impose order by force suggests a shocking willingness by the […]

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More than three million in the final Mass with Pope Francis in Rio

Pope Francis: “Go, do not be afraid, and serve”. (Vatican Radio) Celebrating the World Youth Day Holy Mass in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday, Pope Francis told those present that it was time to go and to pass on this experience to others. Addressing a crowd of over 3 million people gathered on Copacabana beachfront […]

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Pope encourages the young to call for the betterment of their societies "in an orderly, peaceful and responsible manner" (full text)

WYD Rio: 2 million throng prayer vigil with Pope Francis (Vatican Radio) Two million young people carpeted Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana beach on Saturday, joining Pope Francis in a huge outdoor evening prayer vigil as part of World Youth Day celebrations in Brazil. The centerpiece of the vigil was a Eucharistic procession. The event featured […]

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Egypt rulers to disperse pro-Morsi protests

Egypt rulers to disperse pro-Morsi protests – Middle East – Al Jazeera English.

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Pope Francis in Rio: My advice is always dialogue, dialogue, dialogue

Pope Francis: My advice is always “dialogue, dialogue, dialogue. (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis met with leading members of Brazilian society on Saturday and stressed the importance of constructive dialogue, saying this was essential at the present moment. “Between selfish indifference and violent protest,” he said, “there is always another possible option, that of dialogue.” The […]

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Dozens dead as violence erupts in Egypt after demonstrations

It was easy to predict. After the call by general Abdel Fattah el Sisi for a mass demonstrations on Friday to give him an “order” to “Confront” what he called “terrorism”, violence followed with the result of dozens of dead people among the pro-Morsi protesters. Muslim Brotherhood sources put the death toll in at least […]

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Pope Francis: Jesus on the Cross hope for suffering people (full text)

Pope Francis: WYD Way of the Cross (full text). Pope Francis prayed the Via crucis on Friday evening with pilgrims gathered for World Youth Day celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  In his remarks he said that on the Cross Jesus is united to people who is suffering today: “With the Cross, he said, Jesus unites himself […]

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