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First world day against human trafficking set for February

November 26, 2014 VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The first International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking has been announced for Feb. 8, the feast of St. Josephine Bakhita, a Sudanese slave who eventually was freed and became a Canossian nun. The day is intended to raise awareness and to encourage reflection on “the…

Demonstrators hold signs in Oakland, Calif., following Missouri grand jury decision in shooting death of unarmed black teenager

Catholics should ‘rekindle’ commitment to end racism, bishop says

November 25, 2014 WASHINGTON (CNS) — The scenes of chaos and violence in Ferguson, Missouri, Nov. 24 following the grand jury’s decision not to indict the white police officer in the shooting death of Michael Brown, an African-American teenager, reveal deeper issues going on in the country, said one of the country’s black Catholic bishops….

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