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September, 2019
Volume 45, Number 3
  
29 March 2019
Greg Kandra




King Abdullah II of Jordan speaks after being awarded the Lamp of Peace, a top Catholic peace prize presented by the Conventual Franciscans of the Sacred Convent of Assisi in Italy, at the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi, on 29 March 2019. (photo: CNS/courtesy Jordan's Royal Hashemite Court)

Franciscans give Jordan’s king award for peace (CNS) Jordan’s King Abdullah II urged greater co-operation to take on serious challenges worldwide as he was awarded a top Catholic peace prize by the Conventual Franciscans of the Sacred Convent of Assisi in central Italy. The annual award, known as the Lamp of Peace, recognises King Abdullah’s promotion of peace in the Middle East, support of interreligious dialogue, welcome of refugees and educational reforms…

Syria detention camp struggles to hold the women and children of ISIS (The New York Times) The announcement a week ago that the Islamic State had lost its final patch of territory in Syria was a milestone in the battle against the world’s most fearsome terrorist network. But it also raised urgent questions about what to do with the tens of thousands of people who had flocked to join the jihadists from around the world and now have nowhere else to go…

Muslims, Dalits wiped from electoral rolls in India (UCANews.com) Millions of socially underprivileged Dalit and Muslim people are missing from India’s electoral rolls as Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pro-Hindu party seeks a second term in the upcoming national elections. Activists from both groups suspect they are victims of a conspiracy orchestrated by the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP), which they say is seeking to take full advantage of the Hindu vote by exploiting anti-minority sentiment…

Pope issues new child protection law, guidelines for Vatican City State (CNS) To better protect minors and vulnerable adults from all forms of abuse and exploitation, Pope Francis approved a new law and a set of safeguarding guidelines for Vatican City State and the Roman Curia. Pope Francis established the new norms and legal, criminal and safeguarding procedures with an apostolic letter given “motu proprio” (on his own initiative), published 29 March. The law and procedures were to go into effect 1June…

Catholics, Muslims urged to work for peace by respecting ’the other’ (CNS) The way to peace runs through seeing one another as brothers and sisters, Catholic and Muslim leaders confirmed 25 March at a session of the National Catholic-Muslim Dialogue held at Catholic Theological Union…



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