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Caring for "Our Kids" Is a Faith Challenge

14 Apr 2014  |  News and Press - Related News

Katherine Marshall
Senior Fellow, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University

Posted: 04/14/2014 2:40 pm EDT Updated: 04/14/2014 6:59 pm EDT

Robert Putnam, the Harvard professor renowned for his challenging analysis of social trends, lectured Thursday night at Washington's Kennedy Center to an audience that included two Catholic cardinals and a motley group of very religious and distinctly non-religious people. He presented slides showing graph after graph that looked like gaping sharks' jaws. Again and again the lines that show trends in America between rich and poor open wider and wider. The gaps get larger. That's true for education, nutrition, participation in sports, and teen pregnancy. Putnam's message is that inequality is unmistakable and it is getting worse.

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Pope Francis asks pardon for sex abuse by priests

11 Apr 2014  |  News and Press - Related News

By The Associated Press
on April 11, 2014 at 9:11 AM, updated April 11, 2014 at 9:14 AM

NICOLE WINFIELD
Associated Press

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis asked for forgiveness Friday from people who were sexually abused by priests, and vowed that there will be no going back in the church's fight to protect children.

Francis made the off-the-cuff remarks after coming under criticism from victims' advocacy groups for a perceived lack of attention to the problem and ongoing demands that he sanction bishops who covered up for pedophiles.

 

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This Woman Went From Being An Abused Child Bride To A Mayor Fighting For Women's Rights

11 Apr 2014  |  News and Press - Related News

The Huffington Post | by Eleanor Goldberg

After enduring 13 years of physical and psychological torture, Berivan Elif Kilic decided to leave the husband she was forced to marry and commit her life to protecting other young girls from enduring the same horror.

When Kilic was just 15, she was taken out of school, married off to a cousin and gave birth to two children soon after, the Daily Beast reported. Though the legal age to marry in her home country of Turkey is now 17, the practice of marrying girls off is still rampant.

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Up to 50,000 children may die in S. Sudan without urgent help - UN

11 Apr 2014  |  News and Press - Related News

Author: Megan Rowling

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Up to 50,000 undernourished children below the age of five are likely to die in war-torn South Sudan unless they receive urgent treatment, the U.N. Children's Fund has warned.

Nearly a quarter of a million children will suffer severe acute malnutrition by the end of the year if more is not done now to tackle hunger, UNICEF said on Friday. "The youngest citizens of the world's newest nation are on the verge of a nutrition crisis," it added. 

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Emergency coalition to get all children in school launched at 2015 Countdown Summit

10 Apr 2014  |  News and Press - Related News

A high-powered group of global leaders, campaigners and celebrities joined forces today to get 57 million children into school and learning.

The Emergency Coalition for Global Education Action was announced at the 2015 Countdown Summit in Washington, DC, to pressure the international community to take action on behalf of children across the world.

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