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Did a prayer meeting really bring down the Berlin Wall?

Did a prayer meeting really bring down the Berlin Wall?

by: Peter Crutchley / BBC in World Issues,

The date 9 November 1989 is etched in history as the day the Berlin Wall came down. But was it actually a prayer meeting held exactly one month earlier that made the fall of the Wall inevitable? Ignoring death threats and huge banks of armed police, thousands gathered at St Nicholas Church in the East German city of Leipzig on 9 October to pray for peace.

“Save a Girl” Campaign

“Save a Girl” Campaign

by: Reggie Littlejohn in World Issues,

 For most of us, hearing “it’s a girl” is cause for enormous joy, happiness and celebration.  But in many countries, this announcement is a death sentence.  Experts estimate that up to 200 million women are missing in the world today due to gendercide, mostly in China and India.

How can there still be 30m people living as slaves in 2013?

How can there still be 30m people living as slaves in 2013?

by: Sophie McBain - New Statesman magazine in World Issues,

The Global Slavery Index, which covers slavery in 162 countries, defines slavery to include forced labour, forced marriage, debt bondage and bonded labour and human trafficking. It has found that the vast majority of enslaved people are in Asia.

For a world free of nuclear weapons

For a world free of nuclear weapons

by: L’Osservatore Romano in World Issues,

We publish here is  the intervention given on 26 September  in New York by the Archbishop Secretary for Relations with States, during the High-Level Meeting of the United Nations  General Assembly on Nuclear Disarmament. It represent the Holy See views on nuclear arms.

Syria: Pope warns Barack Obama that military strike would be 'futile'

Syria: Pope warns Barack Obama that military strike would be 'futile'

by: Tom Kington - The Telegraph in World Issues,

The Pope has warned US president Barack Obama that targeting Syria with military strikes would be a "futile pursuit".  Foreign ambassadors were summoned to a briefing by Dominique Mamberti, the Vatican's foreign secretary, on Thursday, on the Pope's appeals to halt hostilities in Syria. The Pope's push for a peaceful solution in Syria includes a four-hour vigil to be held in St Peter's Square on Saturday evening.

Pope Francis: renewed appeal for peace

Pope Francis: renewed appeal for peace

by: Romereports.com in World Issues,

 Pope Francis renewed his appeal for peace in Syria and throughout the world inviting Christians of every denomination, believers of every religious tradition and all people of good will to take part in the  worldwide fast and vigil of prayer and penance for peace. He has written a letter to President Vladimir Putin of Russia and all leaders of this year's G20 summit in St. Petersburg.

Pope denounces 'multiplication of massacres,' atrocities in Syria

Pope denounces 'multiplication of massacres,' atrocities in Syria

by: Cindy Wooden - Catholic News Service in World Issues,

Pope Francis said the "terrible images" of the dead, including children, "push me once again to raise a voice so that the roar of the weapons would stop." "It is not clashes, but an ability to meet and to dialogue that offers prospects for a hope of resolving the problems," the pope said after reciting the Angelus with visitors in St. Peter's Square.

Goal of Economics and Politics is to Serve Humanity.

Goal of Economics and Politics is to Serve Humanity.

by: V.I.S. in World Issues,

In the letter, the Holy Father emphasized that, for the theme “to attain its broadest and deepest resonance, it is necessary to ensure that all political and economic activity, whether national or international,” makes reference to humanity. 

Cult of money is today's golden calf

Cult of money is today's golden calf

by: The Tablet in World Issues,

Cult of money is today's golden calf, warns Francis. Pope Francis yesterday gave his first major analysis on the causes of the global financial crisis. In a speech to ambassadors he said:

Bangladesh factory collapse: Pope hits out at 'slave labour' amid May Day protests

Bangladesh factory collapse: Pope hits out at 'slave labour' amid May Day protests

by: The Telegraph - Dean Nelson, David Bergman and Muktadir Rashid in World Issues,

Pope Francis made a passionate attack on the “slave labour” conditions endured by workers inside the eight-storey building in Bangladesh which collapsed last week, claiming at least 384 lives. According to Vatican Radio, he condemned the “selfish profit” motive of the companies whose search for low prices meant “slave conditions” for workers.

Britain is in the depths of an economic depression, Archbishop warns

Britain is in the depths of an economic depression, Archbishop warns

by: John Bingham - The Telegraph in World Issues,

The Most Rev Justin Welby, a former City oil trader, called for a radical overhaul of the financial system including the break-up of at least one major state controlled bank and a return to smaller, regional banks, curbing the dominance of London. He also called for banking itself to be turned into a proper profession with its own set of professional standards rather than being “something that people drift into”.

The strange status of 16-year-olds

The strange status of 16-year-olds

by: BBC - Steven Brocklehurst in World Issues,

The age of 18 is widely accepted as the start of adulthood but those one or two years younger occupy a strange twilight zone where they are given many freedoms and responsibilities but denied others.