Dublin, Ireland

As 750,000 Catholics gather in Dublin for the start of the World Meeting of Families, the week is shaping up to bring an intense mix of joy, learning and even some sadness as the long shadow of the clergy sexual abuse crisis proves inescapable.


Beirut, Lebanon
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A Syrian army offensive in the rebel-held enclave of Idlib would have a "catastrophic" humanitarian impact and cause levels of civilian suffering unprecedented in the seven-year war, aid agencies have warned.

The government has said it aims to recapture the north-western Idlib region,

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British businesses are struggling to ensure workers in their global supply chains are paid a decent wage, and the situation could worsen after the country leaves the European Union next year, a survey of company managers found on Monday.

A fifth of companies have discovered

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The US government announced on Friday that it had imposed sanctions on Myanmar for “widespread human rights abuses” against Christians, Rohingya Muslims and other ethnic minorities, reports  The New York Times .

According to the Treasury Department the abuses against Rohingya Muslims in south-western Rakhine state, forcing

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On the eve of the week-long Muslim festival of sacrifice, Eid al-Adha, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has accused US President Donald Trump of not wanting to solve his country’s disagreements with the United States over jailed US pastor Andrew Brunson.

“It seems that they

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British charities are spending more money on staff and training to tackle sexual misconduct since an abuse scandal swept through the aid sector, a survey has found.

Revelations earlier this year that Oxfam staff used prostitutes in Haiti snowballed into widespread reports of harassment and


In his response to a Pennsylvania grand jury report detailing allegations of sexual abuse of more than 1,000 children by Roman Catholic clergy, Pope Francis condemned the abuse as a crime and called the church to solidarity with its victims.

“With shame and repentance, we acknowledge as

A book charting the history of interaction of Australians with the Bible has won this year's Australian Christian Book of the Year award.

Written by historian Meredith Lake, The Bible in Australia: A Cultural History , was described by awards coordinator Michael Collie as "a timely and revealing

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A convert from Islam in Iran said he and 11 other Christians were sentenced to a year in prison for “inclination to the land of Christianity” among other charges, according to Mohabat News.

“Interrogations were obviously indicating that they were looking for confession to communications

More than 350 people have died and hundreds of thousands have been displaced from their homes amid what has been described as the worst floods in the southern Indian state of Kerala in a century. 

Rescue teams were working to save thousands of people who remain marooned with the state's

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Working in conflict zones for years does not make it any less frightening when armed militiamen storm the hospital you run, says Colette Gadenne of medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres.

This happened three times in three weeks from May to June in Central

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Thousands of selfies are to be displayed on a 3D installation at the United Nations in New York to highlight the plight of millions caught in conflict worldwide and demand protection for those trying to help them, the world body said on Friday.

The UN

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A deadly Ebola outbreak in a conflict-hit area of the Democratic Republic of Congo poses an "unprecedented" challenge to health workers trying to access victims and contain the disease, medical charities said on Friday.

At least 44 people have died in Congo's tenth Ebola outbreak

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A law criminalising religious conversions and the hurting of religious feelings comes into force in Nepal on Friday, a year after the bill was passed.

As World Watch Monitor reported last year, Nepal’s Christian minority fears the new law will be abused by those seeking to

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