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Study reveals widening wealth gap

Study reveals widening wealth gap

by: Press Association in JPIC News,

 A new survey has found 'widening disparities' between households at the top and bottom The top 10% of Britain's wealthiest households are more than 500 times richer than those in the bottom 10% - and the gap has been widening, a report has found.

Women’s rights champion featured in film

Women’s rights champion featured in film

by: Sumon Corraya, UCA News Dhaka in JPIC News,

“Angela Gomes is a living example in the field of women’s rights and empowerment. She has continued changing lives of tens of thousands of poor and neglected women. With this film we want to spread her life and ideals across the country and also in the world,” said Noor-E-Alam, the director.

Catholics in Inner Mongolia appeal for prayers amid repression

Catholics in Inner Mongolia appeal for prayers amid repression

by: UCAnews in JPIC News,

 “It is very likely that the faithful have to quietly pass Pentecost this Sunday, one of the four major church feasts widely celebrated in China, as they did so at Easter,” a source told UCA News. To avoid arrest, underground priests remain in hiding and cannot carry out normal pastoral work because they have refused to support the patriotic association, the source said.

 London Vigil to address religious persecution

London Vigil to address religious persecution

by: Mike MacLachlan - UCA News in JPIC News,

The plight of Christians in South Asia will be highlighted at a “night of witness” in London this month. The vigil, at Westminster Cathedral May 17, will feature music and readings “in solidarity with people persecuted in countries including India [and] Pakistan,” says the organiser, Aid to the Church in Need.

Scandal can be the cost of truth

Scandal can be the cost of truth

by: William Grimm in JPIC News,

Being a journalist with integrity is a dangerous way to make a living. People with something to hide fear and hate journalists, because beyond providing sports scores and traffic accident reports, their vocation is to expose what is hidden in darkness so that it might be cleansed in the light. A good journalist is a passionate pursuer of truth, but also a target.

Philippines: Farmers win Hacienda Luisita battle

Philippines: Farmers win Hacienda Luisita battle

by: UCAnews in JPIC News,

Farmers of the sugar estate owned by President Benigno Aquino’s family claimed victory in their decades-old struggle as the Supreme Court ruled in their favor yesterday. The court affirmed its November 2011 ruling ordering distribution of the 4,916 hectares of Hacienda Luisita and rejecting offers of shares of stock. 

£255,000 drive to reduce divisions in Northern Ireland town.

£255,000 drive to reduce divisions in Northern Ireland town.

by: Press Association in JPIC News,

Protestant and Catholic youngsters from Lurgan will be invited to take part in film making and amateur dramatics as part of the £255,000 initiative to build better cross community relations.  A team of young ambassadors aged 15-19 have also been recruited from both sides of the religious divide to promote community relations in the town.

Korea: Rights group also slams naval base arrests as 'serious failure of governance'

Korea: Rights group also slams naval base arrests as 'serious failure of governance'

by: UCAnews in JPIC News,

Some 35 sisters and priests from the Association of Major Superiors of Religious Women in Korea and the Catholic Solidarity to Realize Peace in Jeju held a press conference  to protest against the arrest of 29 people including 19 Religious on January 10. They had been praying in front of a naval base construction site on the resort island and urging a halt to the project. All were released within two days.

Bishops urge world leaders to address needs of people in Holy Land

Bishops urge world leaders to address needs of people in Holy Land

by: ICN in JPIC News,

 Since 1998, the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales has organised the annual meeting of the Coordination of Episcopal Conferences in Support of the Church of the Holy Land and at the invitation of the Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land. It is often more simply called the Holy Land Coordination.

  Educating Young People in Justice and Peace

Educating Young People in Justice and Peace

by: Pope Benedict XVI in JPIC News,

Realise that you yourselves are an example and an inspiration to adults, even more so to the extent that you seek to overcome injustice and corruption and strive to build a better future. Be aware of your potential; never become self-centred but work for a brighter future for all.

Violin symbolizes brush with slavery

Violin symbolizes brush with slavery

by: Colleen McEdwards (CNN) in JPIC News,

 My sister has a violin that was passed to her from my grandmother, to my mother, and on to her. To a musician today, the instrument would probably be written off as a ratty old fiddle. But to us it is not just a violin. It is the violin.

Friars Respond to Occupy Movement in USA

Friars Respond to Occupy Movement in USA

by: Toni Cashinelli - American Catholic in JPIC News,

We Have to Work Together - People Before Profit.  “It would be good if we did that as a Church.” So far the closest thing to that is a document on global finance by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. “Catholic social teaching and the Occupy Wall Street movement agree that the economy should be at the service of the human person and that strong action must be taken to reduce the growing gap between rich and poor,”

A place to talk - Crisis at the cathedral

A place to talk - Crisis at the cathedral

by: Chris Chivers - The Tablet in JPIC News,

St Paul’s Cathedral has faced turmoil with the resignation of three staff, including its canon chancellor and dean, over the encampment of anti-capitalism protesters around it. The dispute has raised further questions about the role of the cathedral and its relationship with the City