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Canada, Australia, NZ call for immediate ceasefire in Gaza ahead of Rafah assault

Sydney, Australia Reuters The leaders of Canada, Australia and New Zealand on Thursday called for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza, according to a joint statement released in response to reports about Israel’s planned military operation in Rafah. Smoke rises in central Gaza, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, […]

Pope Francis urged to offer financial support for abused nuns

Vatican City Reuters Pope Francis needs to set up a fund for nuns who quit religious life after abuse from priests and prelates, activists say, calling for greater attention on a long-neglected issue in the Catholic Church. There are more than 600,000 nuns globally, and their exploitation and abuse has come to the fore in […]

Italy launches COVID inquiry over opposition protest

Rome, Italy Reuters Italy’s parliament approved on Wednesday the creation of an official inquiry into the handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, angering opposition parties who were in power at the time and fear it will become a political witch hunt. The lower house, now dominated by right-wing parties from Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni’s ruling coalition, […]

India security forces fire tear gas at protesting farmers on drive to Delhi

Ambala, India Reuters Indian security forces fired tear gas at protesting farmers for a second day on Wednesday to stop tens of thousands from marching to the capital New Delhi to demand higher prices for their produce. Travelling on trucks and trolleys loaded with food, bedding and other supplies, the farmers began their “Delhi Chalo” […]

Tides move oil spill away from Tobago to the Caribbean Sea, cleanup progresses

Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago Reuters A week after an oil spill was first spotted near Tobago’s shore, portions of the stain are moving in opposite directions into the Caribbean Sea, the island’s emergency management agency (TEMA) said on Wednesday. First responders and volunteers have been trying to contain the 12 kilometre-long spill, which […]

St Valentine’s hometown strikes a balance between Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s Day

Terni, Italy RNS This Wednesday marked a peculiar challenge for practicing Catholics. Valentine’s Day, characterised by candlelit dinners and boxed chocolates, and Ash Wednesday, the start of Lenten privations, collided on 14th February this year, for an odd mashup of romance and abstinence. The US Conference of Catholic Bishops has made it clear there will […]

Israeli embassy protests after Vatican denounces Gaza “carnage”

Vatican City Reuters Israel protested with the Vatican on Wednesday after Pope Francis’ deputy defined what is happening in Gaza as “carnage” resulting from a disproportionate Israeli military response to Hamas.  “It is a deplorable statement. Judging the legitimacy of a war without taking into account all relevant circumstances and data inevitably leads to wrong […]