The Statistic

15th February, 2019
Number of young adults and children in Madagascar who have died of the measles since October: At least 922
Source: WHO

 

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Moments

15th February, 2019
AGREED:
US President Donald Trump to a new border security bill to avert another US Government shutdown; meantime, the White House has confirmed he intends to declare a national emergency to obtain funding for a "wall" on the US-Mexican border.
KILLED: Some 40 paramilitary police in a car bomb attack in Indian-administered Kashmir in the deadliest assault on Indian forces in Kashmir since 1989; a Pakistan-based Islamist terror group has claimed responsibility.
SEEKING ASYLUM: According to reports, the former President of Nauru Sprent Dabwido, in Australia so he can receive treatment for cancer.

 

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Essays

US Christian writer, historian and speaker JEMAR TISBY says its time for Christian leader to take stock of their past in light of the recent controversy over a photo depicting Virginia Governor Ralph Northam dressed in 'blackface'...

Catholic commentator THOMAS REESE, in an article first published on Religion News Service, calls for change in the Catholic Church's US seminaries...

In an article first published on The Conversation, MATHEW SCHMALTZ, associate professor of religion at the College of the Holy Cross, looks at the concept of The Great Commission...

They Said It

"Want to talk about a national emergency? Let's talk about today, the one-year anniversary of another manifestation of the epidemic of gun violence in America. That's a national emergency. Why don't you declare that emergency, Mr President? I wish you would."
- US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi at a press conference on Thursday, referencing the Parkland, Florida school shooting that left 17 dead last year (as quoted on the Newsweek).

 

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This Week on the Web

14th February, 2019
NASA's Mars rover Opportunity has been confirmed dead, 15 years after it landed on the red planet in 2004. JEFFREY KLUGER, in an article published on TIME, charts some of the key moments in its sojourn there...

 

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The Word Explained

11th February, 2019
Exorcism: The removal of demons or spiritual entities from a person.

 

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