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Church addresses the rise in piracy

VATICAN CITY (CNS): The rising incidence of piracy on the high seas and the hijacking of ships calls for improved spiritual counselling to help crew members prepare for the possibility of and to recover from such tragedies, participants at a Vatican conference said.

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Stop the fighting in Sudan

SUDAN (ACN News): Calls for a fresh drive to stop a guerilla commander terrorising South Sudan have come from a senior bishop who fears renewed violence may derail progress in a region preparing for independence.

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New hope building in Iraq

IRAQ (ACN News): Fresh plans for a university and a hospital in northern Iraq are intended as "symbols of hope" enabling Christians to build a future away from the violence and intimidation that have caused so many to flee the country.

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AIDS on the agenda

VATICAN CITY (CNS): The Vatican will host international scientists at a conference on AIDS in late May, an encounter Church officials hope will help clarify Pope Benedict XVI's recent comments on condom use in AIDS prevention, a Vatican official said.

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God answers unspoken prayers

A Melbourne couple placed their complete trust in God when their fifth child came hastily into the world, journalist SELINA VENIER shared in their joy

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Protesters take to the streets of Egypt

ROME (CNS): Police and military officials will not be able to stop demonstrators in Egypt or other countries of North Africa, said the former rector of Rome's Pontifical Institute for Arabic and Islamic Studies.

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SVDP channels flood response

As the flood crisis hit Brisbane and South East Queensland, volunteer groups swung into action, journalist PAUL DOBBYN spoke to a worker on the front lines

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