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The Pope sent a very special video message to the Canadian youth who participated in a nationally televised forum on the theme: Youth, Faith and Vocational Discernment, in preparation for the 2018 Synond of Bishops in Rome. In his message, the Pope called on young Canadians to fill the world with the joy that comes from the Gospel by "building bridges" through relationships marked "by trust, by sharing, by openness even to the ends of the world."  ...read more
another Catholic priest who was kidnapped, but this time in the African country of Nigeria. Italian priest Fr. Maurizio Pallu was travelling with a group of pilgrims, on their way to Mass in Benin City, on Oct. 12 when they were ambushed and kidnapped by several gunmen and held captive for nearly a week. ...read more
“This terrorist act deserves the fiercest condemnation because it falls on a population that is already suffering deeply”. The Pope said he is praying for the dead and wounded, for their families and for the whole people of Somalia. “I implore the conversion of those who are violent and send my encouragement to those, who with enormous difficulties, are working for peace in that tortured land”. ...read more
Kenyan Catholic bishops are urging citizens to guard the country's peace, as a prolonged election standoff is taking its toll on the country's economic and social conditions. ...read more
The Pope proclaimed 35 new saints, including the "Martyrs of Natal," a group of 30 priests, laymen, women and children who were killed in 1645 during a wave of anti-Catholic persecution in Brazil. Also among the new saints were the "Child Martyrs of Tlaxcala, three children who were among the first native converts in Mexico and who were killed for refusing to renounce their faith. ...read more
The catechism needs to be more explicit against capital punishment. The Pope insists that capital punishment is inadmissible under any circumstance. ...read more
The Declaration of Rome was the final document produced by participants at the ‘Child Dignity in the Digital World’, world congress that ended last week. This “first-of-its-kind” document is a comprehensive list of recommendations and action items what will be the starting point for a unified, global attack against online child sex abuse and exploitation: implemented by governments, industry, church and law-enforcement agencies alike. ...read more
Microsoft has been in the fight against online Child abuse for decades. Jacqueline Beauchere, the Chief Online Safety Officer at Microsoft shares some of policies and technologies they’ve developed, in response to this rapidly growing crisis while Antigone Davis, the Head of Global Safety Policy from Facebook, gives a stirring address, about some of the ethical and moral questions that underline their work. ...read more
Peter MacKay, Canada’s former Minister of Foreign Affairs under the Harper government is in Rome attending the conference and talks to us about why he's there, what he brings & what he hopes to take away from the conference. ...read more
In today’s extended edition of Perspectives, we’ll continue our highlight coverage of the “Child Dignity in the Digital World” congress, with some exclusive interviews with some leaders in the fight against child sex abuse. ...read more