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    'Forced to endure hell' – A severe new report on human trafficking

    June 30th, 2016 by Hostess

    Washington D.C., Jun 30, 2016 / 05:36 pm (CNA).- The U.S. government released its annual human trafficking report Thursday, drawing praise but also some criticism for allegedly giving some offending countries a political pass.

    “When we talk about ‘human trafficking,’ we’re talking about slavery – modern-day slavery that still today claims more than 20 million victims on any given time,” Secretary of State John Kerry stated at the report’s ceremony on June 30.

    “And all 20 million are people just like everybody here. They have names. They have or had families in many cases,” he continued. “And they are forced …read more

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    U.S. military repeals ban on transgender service members

    June 30th, 2016 by Hostess

    By Worthy News Staff

    (Worthy News) – The Pentagon on Thursday ended its ban on openly transgender people serving in the U.S. military, formally removing the risk to an estimated thousands of U.S. troops who once could have been kicked out of the armed forces due to gender identity.

    The repeal, which ends one of the last barriers to serving in the military, comes after a 2011 decision to end the U.S. military’s ban on openly gay and lesbian people serving, despite concerns – which proved unfounded – that such a move could be too great a burden in wartime and would …read more

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    Commentary: A Crack in the Liberty Bell: Why Freedom Cannot Ring

    June 30th, 2016 by Hostess

    By Traci Blackmon

    In 1751 the Speaker of the Pennsylvania Assembly, Isaac Norris, ordered a bell from London to be hung in the tower of the Pennsylvania State House.

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    ACLU sues to block federal funding for agencies that help refugees but do not support abortion

    June 30th, 2016 by Hostess

    The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed suit against the federal government, seeking to block public funding for agencies that care for refugees but do not provide abortions.

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    Pope drops plan to speak at Auschwitz; will offer silent prayer

    June 30th, 2016 by Hostess

    Pope Francis has decided not to deliver a public address when he visits Auschwitz death camp.

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    Chinese Catholics puzzled by Bishop Ma's reversal, leery of Vatican stand

    June 30th, 2016 by Hostess

    Chinese Catholics continue to question the reversal of Bishop Thaddeus Ma Daqin of Shanghai, who has indicated his support for the government-backed Catholic Patriotic Association, after serving four years of house arrest for publically renouncing his membership in the same group.

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    Vatican delegate names new leaders for troubled Guam archdiocese

    June 30th, 2016 by Hostess

    Continuing a leadership shake-up in the troubled Archdiocese of Agana, Guam, Archbishop Savio Hon Tai Fai has named a new delegate– the equivalent of a vicar general– and chancellor.

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    Coptic priest killed in Egypt; Islamic State suspected

    June 30th, 2016 by Hostess

    A Coptic Orthodox priest and two security officials were shot and killed, apparently by Islamic State gunmen, in Arish, Egypt.

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    Prayer intentions of Pope Francis for July 2016

    June 30th, 2016 by Hostess

    The Vatican has announced the prayer intentions of Pope Francis for July 2016.

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    French Cardinal Barbarin suspends four priests, restricts others, after sex-abuse complaints

    June 30th, 2016 by Hostess

    Cardinal Philippe Barbarin of Lyon, France, has suspended four priests from ministry and placed restrictions on several others, in response to sex-abuse complaints.

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