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Saudi women risk ovary damage by driving, says top cleric

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One of Saudi Arabia’s top conservative clerics has said women who drive risk damaging their ovaries and bearing children with clinical problems, countering activists who are trying to end the Islamic kingdom’s male-only driving rules. A campaign calling for women to defy the ban in a protest drive on October 26 has spread rapidly online [...]


One in four men admit committing rape

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Almost a quarter of men surveyed in a UN report looking at violence against women in parts of Asia have admitted to committing at least one rape. Rape was particularly common within relationships. However, one in 10 men admitted raping a woman who was not their partner. Ten thousand men from six countries took part [...]


Does the Catholic Church really respect women, or the men who support them?

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After serving as Roman Catholic priest for 40 years, nine months ago I was expelled from the priesthood and my Maryknoll community because of my public support for the ordination of women. While being expelled from my religious community that I loved was incredibly painful, that pain doesn’t compare to the hurt endured by women [...]


UN chief calls for girls’ education

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United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday reiterated his commitment to promote global education, especially for girls. “I want all children and young people to have equal learning opportunities. This is why I launched my Global Education First Initiative last year,” Ban Ki-moon told a gathering at Islamabad College for Girls during his two-day visit [...]


Will ‘Francis the reformer’ tackle the tough ‘women’s issues’?

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Pope Francis has created a new environment in the church. Beginning with asking all the people in St Peter’s Square to bless him, living in a humble apartment and not the papal palace, placing his own phone calls, paying his own bills, giving simple daily homilies, having conversations with many people, and joyfully mingling with [...]


The pain of breaking the silence

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Like the breaking of hearts and bodies, breaking silence is painful. Those who have walked alongside survivors of sexual abuse in Philippine churches say it often takes years until a woman presents a complaint, makes a full disclosure and even longer for her to get over it. Liza Lamis, a Filipina theologian and advocate against [...]


Investing in RH, women’s health yields economic dividends – World Bank

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Global experts on Tuesday urged governments and the global community to invest in girls and women’s programs, including reproductive health, as this leads to major economic returns and other benefits. “Investing in reproductive health pays off. It leads to financial benefits for the family. Maternal health helps future generations, and countries can benefit economically,” said Jeni [...]


Kentucky woman ordained as priest in defiance of Roman Catholic Church

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In an emotional ceremony filled with tears and applause, a 70-year-old Kentucky woman was ordained a priest on Saturday as part of a dissident group operating outside of official Roman Catholic Church authority. Rosemarie Smead is one of about 150 women around the world who have decided not to wait for the Roman Catholic Church [...]


Pope: Women fundamentally important to Catholic Church

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Pope Francis stressed the fundamental importance of women in the Catholic Church yesterday, a message hailed as a significant shift from the position of his predecessor Benedict. Supporters of liberal reform of the Church have called on it to give a greater voice to women and recognise their importance to the largest religious denomination in [...]


Pakistan: Life is getting worse for women, says report

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An upsurge in militancy and poor governance are major factors behind increased violence against women and a growing gender imbalance in the country, according to a report on women’s rights in Pakistan. The report, “Obstructing Progress: Growing Talibanization and Poor Governance in Pakistan” was released on Monday by Shirkat Gah, a women’s resource center based [...]


Women march for US troop clearout

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Women’s groups called for the expulsion of US troops from the country in a series of protest marches to mark International Women’s Day on Friday. At least two people were injured as members of the Gabriela women’s group clashed with riot police outside the US embassy in Manila shortly before noon. Last December, the US [...]


Vatican resists new UN move to protect women

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The Vatican, Iran and other religious states are resisting efforts by a UN conference, which started Monday, to demand tougher global standards to prevent violence against women and children. More than 6,000 non-government groups are registered at the annual UN Commission on the Status of Women, one of the biggest events held at the UN headquarters, which regularly turns [...]


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  1. On September 20, speaking to a gathering of gynecologists, Pope Francis said: "E...
    Said FrSeanCoyle on 2013-10-09 16:05:00
  2. Here is what Pope Benedict said to the bishops of Switzerland on November 9, 200...
    Said FrSeanCoyle on 2013-10-09 16:02:00
  3. stop RHbill for Gods sake!!!...
    Said joy on 2013-07-17 20:03:00
  4. a woman who agree this RH bill has no heart. God forgive her she do'nt know what...
    Said joy on 2013-07-17 20:02:00
  5. It is very hard to trust a muslim. They worship a false god and will break the ...
    Said on 2013-07-17 12:23:00
  6. Assuredly, thus said the LORD GOD ALMIGHTY YISRAEL to Roman Christian Catholic B...
    Said Angel Santie on 2013-06-28 19:39:00
  7. God let man or as we say permit man to create this way of comunication, why we w...
    Said joy on 2013-06-26 20:46:00
  8. Pray for the victims of clergy sexual abuse....
    Said on 2013-06-06 08:01:00
  9. 'Activist priest Robert Reyes is in the minority among the clergy when it comes ...
    Said on 2013-04-24 15:04:00
  10. 90-year-old Fr Emmanuel Non SJ had a letter in last Monday's Philippine Daily In...
    Said on 2013-04-18 10:41:00
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