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Attackers in Mexico blow up nine electrical plants

October 30, 2013

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Oct 28 – McClatchy-Tribune Regional News – Tracy Wilkinson Los Angeles Times Oct 28 – McClatchy-Tribune Regional News – Tracy Wilkinson Los Angeles Times Assailants early Sunday blew up at least nine electrical power plants in one of Mexico’s largest states, triggering blackouts that gunmen then used as cover to torch gasoline stations, residents and […]

Vatican unworried by reports of NSA monitoring cardinals’ phones

October 30, 2013

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CWN – October 30, 2013 An Italian magazine has reported that the US National Security Agency (NSA) monitored the phone conversations of Vatican officials. But the director of the Vatican press office has told reporters that “we have nothing to worry about.” “There are no concerns on this matter,” said Father Federico Lombardi, in a […]

Modern-Day Hermits: Answering the Call to Solitude, Prayer

October 29, 2013

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October 28, 2013 While we might think of hermits as relics of the Church’s medieval past, today there are many who devote their lives entirely to solitary prayer. When Sister Mary Diana, 83, of Springfield, Oregon, became a consecrated hermit almost 40 years ago, she was among the first in the US. “There were some, […]

Putin to meet with Pope Francis?

October 29, 2013

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CWN – October 29, 2013 Russian President Vladimir Putin may meet with Pope Francis at the Vatican late in November, according to rumors circulating in Rome. A spokesman for the Kremlin declined to comment on the rumors of a meeting with the Pontiff, saying only that Putin’s schedule for a visit to Italy “has not […]

Syrian Islamic leader says kidnapped Orthodox bishops are alive and in Turkey

October 29, 2013

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CWN – October 29, 2013 Two Orthodox bishops who were kidnapped in April by rebel forces in Syria are alive, and are now being held in Turkey, according to the Grand Mufti of Syria. Ahmad Hassoun Badreddin said that the abduction of the two prelates– Syriac Orthodox Archbishop Yohanna Ibrahim and Greek Orthodox Archbishop Paul […]

Book burning of Bibles and Christian books

October 26, 2013

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ASIA/SYRIA – Christian book burning in Raqqa Raqqa (Agenzia Fides) – The militia of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), the faction that in several regions of Syria monopolized the armed insurrection against the regime in Damascus in recent days have organized a book burning of Bibles and Christian books in front […]