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Pope laments plight of child soldiers fighting in Congo

The Pope was speaking days after the UN voiced concern about deadly violence in the country Pope Francis has expressed dismay about clashes in the Democratic Republic of Congo he described as “violent and brutal.” In remarks to the faithful in St Peter’s Square on Sunday, Francis singled out for concern the “many children torn






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ISIS vows more attacks on Egypt’s Christians

In a video released on Monday, an ISIS affiliate group said Christians are their ‘favourite prey’ An ISIS affiliate group in Egypt released a video on Monday showing the suicide bomber who killed nearly 30 people when he attacked a packed church in December and vowing more attacks on the country’s Christian. A narrator says






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Former mobster cleans up and becomes a preacher

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Tatsuya Shindo, a Japanese man covered in tattoos and missing the tip of his pinkie finger – a Japanese gang custom to show atonement for an offense or as a punishment for one – once lived for money. Today, he lives for God. Shindo joined the Japanese mafia, known as the yakuza, when he was






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Dying woman speaks to Virgin Mary in tragic true story

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A 60-year-old woman from Spain was caring for a relative stricken with cancer when suddenly she became extremely religious. She began to spend hours reciting scripture and, over a two-month period, made a complete turn-around in behavior. Friends and family claimed she had always been a happy woman but wasn’t particularly religious. They feared the






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Priest asks for prayers for thief who assaulted him

Fr Ed Mundwiller was attacked in his local neighbourhood of St Louis, Missouri For his silver jubilee as a priest almost a decade ago, Franciscan Fr Ed Mundwiller prayed for God to keep calling him beyond the boundaries of his own comfort zone, into places he never thought he would go. “The old ‘normal’ and






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Socialist militants storm Mass in Venezuela

Worshippers were left shaken after militants denounced their priest in a speech at his pulpit Militant socialists stormed a Mass in Venezuela on Sunday, shouting slogans such as “Satan in a cassock” and “fascist!” Congregants told Reuters that about 20 people barged in to San Pedro Claver church in the “23 De Enero” community, shouting






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Coptic Christian teacher shot dead in Egypt

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Gamal Tawfiq, 50, was shot in the head by two militants on a motorbike who followed him as he walked from home to work Suspected Islamic militants gunned down a Coptic Christian teacher on his way to school in northern Sinai on Thursday, the second killing of a Christian in less than a week in






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