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US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies at age 87

Ruth Bader Ginsberg

AP Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a diminutive yet towering women’s rights champion who became the court’s second female justice, has died at her home in Washington. She was 87. The court says Ginsburg died Friday of complications from metastatic pancreatic cancer. In this 6th February, 2017, file photo, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader […]

New law to protect Thai fishermen seen boosting child labour

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Bangkok, ThailandThomson Reuters Foundation Teenagers could work as unpaid interns on Thai fishing vessels in a proposed change to the law that activists fear will encourage child labour. An amendment to a ministerial regulation – aimed at protecting workers – underwent a public hearing on Thursday in answer to years of global criticism over industry […]

An Idaho pastor landed in ICU with COVID-19. His church plans to reopen this week

US Idaho Paul Van Noy

RNS An Idaho church plans to reopen in person despite its pastor being hospitalised for COVID-19. On 14th September, Candlelight Christian Fellowship in Coeur d’Alene posted a notice on the church website with an update on the condition of its pastor, Paul Van Noy, and his wife, Brenda. Both have been recovering from COVID-19. Pastor […]

Pope seeks to ”liberate” Virgin Mary from the Mafia

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Rome, ItalyAP Pope Francis is giving his blessing to a new Vatican thinktank that is seeking to prevent the Mafia and organised crime groups from exploiting the image of the Virgin Mary for their own illicit ends. The Vatican’s Pontifical Marian Academy launched the thinktank on Friday at a conference entitled “Liberating Mary from the […]

Toppling of conquistador statue in Colombia triggers debate over history, legacy

Bogota, ColombiaThomson Reuters Foundation The toppling of a statue of a Spanish conqueror by Indigenous people in Colombia this week has opened up debate over how the historic arrival and rule by Western Europeans and the suffering of native people should be remembered. Members of the Misak Indigenous tribe, taking a cue from protestors in […]

US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tells church to “follow science” on COVID-19 restrictions

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Washington DCAP House Speaker Nancy Pelosi pushed back Friday against the Catholic Archbishop of San Francisco’s criticism of COVID-related restrictions, saying he should “follow science” rather than advocate for fuller in-person gatherings for Mass and worship. Asked about Archbishop Salvatore Joseph Cordileone’s recent op-ed protesting limits on larger public gatherings, Pelosi, a practicing Catholic, said he should […]