Vatican City
Reuters

An international panel of experts backed by Pope Francis appealed to governments on Tuesday to commit to halving food waste and loss by 2030, saying it was morally, economically and environmentally unacceptable.

The appeal came at the end of a two-day conference at the Pontifical

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Newly released FBI data shows that Jews and Jewish institutions were the overwhelming target of religion-based hate crimes in the United States last year.

The 2018 Hate Crime Statistics reported 7,120 total hate crimes last year, compared to 7,175 in 2017, a decline of less than

Sydney, Australia
Reuters

A cool change on Wednesday brought relief for firefighters battling massive bushfires in eastern Australia which destroyed 50 homes and saw flames come within metres of homes on the outskirts of Sydney.

Cooler conditions were expected to ease the danger in the state of New

Vatican City
RNS

To get an idea of what Pope Francis’ pontificate is all about, one need only drop by Saint Peter’s square this week.

Within the embrace of the world-famous colonnade lies a 3.6-metre-tall bronze statue of immigrants of all genders, races and cultural backgrounds and a

Nairobi, Kenya
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Kenya's President on Tuesday promised to end female genital mutilation by 2022, a goal women's rights campaigners said was unrealistic due to insecurity and high prevalence rates in some parts of the east African nation.

One in five women and girls aged between

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Melbourne, Australia
Reuters

 

Catholic Cardinal George Pell will have one last chance to overturn his conviction for sexually assaulting two teenaged choirboys after the Australian High Court on Wednesday agreed to hear the former Vatican treasurer's appeal.

Pell, 78, the most senior Catholic official

Baltimore, US
RNS

The US Conference of Catholic Bishops has elected as its new president Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles, California, a naturalised US citizen who emigrated from Mexico and is outspoken on immigration issues.

Gomez, 67, was elected on Tuesday by a landslide on the first

Sydney, Australia
Reuters

Tens of thousands of Australians took shelter on Tuesday after authorities warned it was too late for them to leave their homes as bushfires raged across a vast area of the country's east coast.

Officials issued 11 emergency warnings in New South Wales, each covering

London, UK
Reuters

Pneumonia killed more than 800,000 babies and young children last year - or one child every 39 seconds - despite being curable and mostly preventable, global health agencies said on Tuesday.

In a report on what they described as a "forgotten epidemic", the United Nations

World Watch Monitor

Three Coptic churches in the Upper Egypt region were hit by fires in the last three weeks which, the Copts say, is “not a coincidence”.

On Friday morning, 1st November, a fire started in an adjacent hall of the Mar-Girgis (St George) al-Gyoushi Church in the

Gunmen killed two Armenian Catholic priests when they opened fire on a car near the eastern Syrian city of Deir ez-Zor on Monday, according to reports.

The so-called Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack which took place as the car was about to enter the city, having travelled

Baltimore, US
RNS

As the 2020 election season heats up, leaders of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops opened their annual fall meeting in Baltimore, Maryland, on Monday by calling on clerics to be “courteous” to combat political polarisation and to advocate for certain public policies, such as

Washington DC, US
Reuters

The Democratic-led US House of Representatives committees leading the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump on Monday released a transcript of a Pentagon official's testimony as Trump continued to seethe over the investigation.

The release of the testimony given by Laura Cooper,

Hong Kong
Reuters

Hong Kong police shot and critically wounded a protester and a man was set on fire on Monday in violence that prompted leader Carrie Lam to denounce "enemies of the people" and drew a chilling warning from a senior Chinese newspaper editor.

Protesters threw

Nairobi, Kenya
Reuters

The United Nations and Kenyan government on Monday came under fire on the eve of a global conference on sexual and reproductive health with Christian groups claiming hosting the event was promoting abortion and homosexuality in the east African nation.

More than 6,000 participants -

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