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September, 2019
Volume 45, Number 3
  
31 July 2019
Greg Kandra




Migrants are seen after being rescued by the Libyan coast guard, in Tripoli, Libya, on 26 July 2019. At least 115 migrants were believed dead after their wooden boat headed for Europe capsized near the north African coast of Libya on 25 July. Pope Francis in his Angelus message Sunday appealed for the international community to "act quickly" to prevent future tragedies.
(photo: CNS/Ismail Zitouny, Reuters)


Pope calls for action to prevent migrant deaths (CNS) Days after rescue workers recovered the bodies of dozens of migrants in the Mediterranean Sea, Pope Francis urged the international community to “act quickly” to prevent future tragedies. ”I have learned with sorrow the news of the dramatic shipwreck that happened in recent days in the Mediterranean waters where dozens of migrants including women and children have lost their lives,” he said after praying the Angelus with visitors in St. Peter’s Square…

Catholic group helps India quake victims rebuild (UCANews.com) The Catholic social service group of Rajkot Diocese, Kutch Jyoti Trust Bhuj, offered loans for people wishing to start income-generating projects. Ben took a loan of 12,000 rupees (then US$200) and purchased tools required for her husband to resume his carpentry work in 2003, two years after the quake. Soon the couple started a furniture shop in the village, repaid the loan within two years and got a subsidy of 3,000 rupees…

UN demands inquiry after Syria hospitals bombed (Al Jazeera) As the Syrian government continues to attack Idlib in the country’s northwest, 10 United Nations Security Council members have called on the UN chief to set up an inquiry into why its hospitals have been singled out. They’ve asked UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to take action as the UNSC meets for the seventh time to discuss the growing number of people killed in Idlib…

Ethiopia plants more than 350 million trees in 12 hours (CNN) Ethiopia planted more than 353 million trees in 12 hours on Monday, which officials believe is a world record. The burst of tree planting was part of a wider reforestation campaign named “Green Legacy,” spearheaded by the country’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. Millions of Ethiopians across the country were invited to take part in the challenge and within the first six hours, Ahmed tweeted that around 150 million trees had been planted…

New entrance could transform Jerusalem skyline (Jewish Press) An ambitious plan for the new entrance to Jerusalem is underway, which will forever change the main entrance to the capital city of Israel. The new complex, expected to be completed by 2022, will feature 24 towers, spanning between 24 and 40 flights tall. The towers will include approximately 1.5 million square meters of space that will be used for office space, hotels, housing units, and commerce…



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