Church serves 'women the rest of the world has left behind'

Recent claims that the Catholic Church disregards women fail to acknowledge the Church’s critical work to support women and families around the world, say leaders in medicine, academia and global relief work.

“Anyone who thinks that the Catholic Church doesn’t support women doesn’t know much about the Church, its mission and its presence around the world,” said Joan Rosenhauer, Executive Vice President of US Operations for Catholic Relief Services.

“Every day, the Catholic community supports women with opportunities to strengthen their families, become better educated, and build their economic and food security. Our presence across the globe, including in some of the most remote places on earth, allows us to help many women the rest of the world has left behind,” she told CNA Aug. 27.

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Promoting Peace Through Sport

Legendary AFL player and coach Kevin Sheedy will participate in the launch of the Australian Bishops' Social Justice Statement for 2014 at St Mary's Cathedral on Wednesday, 17 September.

Presented one and a half weeks before Social Justice Sunday on 28 September, the Bishops' statement entitled, "A Crown for Australia: Striving for the Best in Our Sporting Nation," explores sport's potential to unite communities, overcome differences and be a force for social justice and reconciliation.

Kevin Sheedy knows a lot about sport and a lot about striving for the best. A former AFL premiership player and coach, firstly with Richmond and then a winning coach at Essendon, Sheedy is also a Hall of Fame inductee. More recently he was the first coach for Greater Western Sydney, the newest club in the AFL. He will join the Chair of the ACSJC Bishop Christopher Saunders for the launch of the social justice statement.

"The idea of promoting peace and education through sport is one that appeals strongly to Pope Francis," says John Ferguson, National Executive Officer of the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council (ACSJC) and applauds the first Interreligious Match for Peace which was held in Rome on Monday at the instigation of the Holy Father.

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Eastern Christian Bishops To Hold Three Days Of Fasting & Prayer In Unity With Middle East's Persecuted Christians

As the Western world reels in horror at the second shocking beheading of an American journalist posted on YouTube by ISIS overnight, Sydney's Assyrian, Maronite, Chaldean Coptic Christian and  Orthodox Churches are calling for three days of fasting and prayers for persecuted Christians across the Middle East.

The second barbaric execution of a US journalist was carried outby  a ISIS terrorist, dressed in black, his  face hidden by a balaclava and speaking with a British Accent.

Although the YouTube video has yet to verify last night's YouTube video, it is believed 31-year-old freelance journalist, Steven Sotloff's killer is former British Rapper, Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary, who was identified by UK intelligence as the cold-blooded Jihadist who beheaded video journalist, James Foley two weeks ago.

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Pope expresses closeness with Christians in Iraq and prays for WWII victims

Over 20,000 pilgrims packed St. Peter's Square for Pope Francis' weekly General Audience. 
The Pope talked about the Church as a mother, saying that it has the Virgin Mary as its model.
"Looking at Mary, we discover the beautiful and tender face of the Church. Looking at the Church, we recognize the sublime features of Mary. We Christians, we are not orphans, we have a mom, we have a mother and this is great! We are not orphans! The Church is a mother. Mary is a mother.”
The Pope explained that like a mother, the Church seeks to help Her children live a life full of joy and peace. The Church also has the courage to defend her children when they are in danger. 
"This is the Church! This is the Church that we all love. This is the Church that I love: a mother who has in Her heart the good of her own children. Who is capable of giving Her life for Her children. We must not forget that the Church is not just the priests, or us bishops. No, it is all of us, the Church is all of us. Agreed?”
The Pope greeted the pilgrims present especially those who cames from Iraq. He also assured his closeness to those suffering persecution.
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First Interreligious Match for Peace is a success

The first Interreligious Match for Peace, which took place in Rome, saw the participation of many soccer legends. Players from all over the world and from different religions did not want to miss the chance to play this unique event, which had many special moments. 
-Pope Francis, which one is Heaven's team?
-I don't know.
The emotion from meeting the Pope before the game was an energy boost for the players. Many of them couldn't contain their excitement. 
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