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Pope Francis calls for fraternity and peace, denounces corruption

Pope Francis published his first Message for the World Day of Peace dedicated to fraternity as foundation and pathway to peace. He sees fraternity as a prerequisite for fighting poverty, a way to extinguish war and to cultivate nature to fight the scandal of hunger, but he sees it threatened by selfishness corruption and organised crime.

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Amnesty International: EU failing Syrian refugees

In a briefing published today, Amnesty International details how European Union (EU) member states have only offered to open their doors to around 12,000 of the most vulnerable refugees from Syria: just 0.5 per cent of the 2.3 million people who have fled the country.

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A map and guide to the Church's pastoral mission

Pope Francis published his first Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (The joy of the Gospel). He Pope offers this document to the Church as a map and guide to her pastoral mission in the near future. It is an invitation to recover a prophetic and positive vision of reality without ignoring the current challenges, said the Vatican.

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The Catholic Church prepares a Synod on pastoral challenges for the family

The Catholic Church prepares a Synod on pastoral challenges for the family. The Vatican presented a document with a questionary explaining that the preparation “begins with a consultation between the various entities to be surveyed on the theme in question”. You can read the document here.

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Today's slaves

Over 29 million people are living in slavery in the world today, says the Walk Free Foundation. Most of them in India (14 million) and China (2.9 Million). But Countries of the first world like the US or the UK are not free of modern forms of slavery above all affecting to foreign citizens forced into sex work, domestic servitude or coerced criminality.

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The Unknown Blogger

I was asked by the daily prompt to pick a person to honour today. Since October 16th is actually Blog Action Day so I’ll pick the Unknown Blogger for the Person of the Day and honour all the bloggers who risk their safety to tell us their stories or exercise their freedom of speech.

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The NSA buddy list

Now the Washington Post reveals that the NSA is collecting “hundreds of millions of contact lists from personal e-mail and instant messaging accounts around the world”, according to senior intelligence officials and top-secret documents provided by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. The collection program, says the report, intercepts e-mail address books and “buddy lists” from instant messaging services as they move across global data links.

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Malala Yousafzai wins Sakharov Prize

Pakistani campaigner for girls’ education Malala Yousafzai is the laureate of the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought 2013, following today’s decision of the Conference of Presidents (EP President and political group leaders). She will be invited to receive the award at a ceremony in Strasbourg on 20 November.

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Lampedusa

The Lampedusa tragedy with 194 African migrants confirmed dead and at least 150 more missing feared dead, many trapped in the wreckage of the stricken boat 47 meters below the surface is overwhelming.

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Pope Francis: "we cannot insist only on issues related to abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptive methods"

Pope Francis talked in an extensive interview published in Jesuit magazines around the world on Thursday about his vision for the Church “as a field hospital after battle”, healing wounds, welcoming everybody.

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