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Pope Francis asks prayers for victims of ‘perverse plague’ of trafficking

Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY — Human trafficking is “brutal, savage and criminal,” Pope Francis said, but often it seems like people see it as...

Vatican’s U.N. nuncio urges action on poverty beyond economics

UNITED NATIONS — Saying poverty is the greatest challenge facing humanity, the Vatican's permanent observer to the United Nations called on nations to seek...

U.N. Refugee Olympic team: A victory cheer for all refugees

Catholic News Service RIO DE JANEIRO — Glued to the improvised screen set up on the patio of the Caritas house, the refugees yelled and...

Catholic activists, pope say more work needed after U.N. climate change...

PARIS — German Msgr. Josef Sayer prayed over a crowd of environmental activists at Saint-Merri Catholic Church, where they had joined for Mass after...

Commentary: No one should be hungry during the Christmas season

  In early December, the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) stopped feeding 1.7 million Syrian refugees.   For two weeks these poor, battered fellow human beings...

Aid agencies, artists work to help 2.5 million Syrian refugees, including...

Catholic News Service ZAATARI REFUGEE CAMP, Jordan — As Syria's civil war hurtles into its fourth year, hopes of returning home soon seem far off...

Vatican officials address U.N. panel looking at abuse of children

VATICAN CITY — Testifying before the U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child, a Vatican representative acknowledged the horror of clerical sexual abuse...

Pope backs effort to rid world of land mines

Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI called for continued efforts to rid the world of land mines so that people could be...

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