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Poorest hit hardest by floods

PAKISTAN (ACN News): Local authorities in Pakistan decided against providing adequate flood protection to regions with high numbers of minority groups, according to a key Church figure, who says that the "poorest of the poor" are the worst victims of the current crisis.

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Pope highlights ongoing relevance of Newman in Britain

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Pope Benedict XVI's decision to travel to Great Britain to personally beatify Cardinal John Henry Newman has given him an opportunity to highlight Cardinal Newman's teaching about the relation between faith and reason, the role of conscience and the place of religion in society.

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Caritas helps among despair

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (Zenit.org): Thousands of homes have been reduced to mud after weeks of heavy flooding in Pakistan, but the families are still sticking by the mounds they once lived in, Caritas reported.

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Church in Germany works to overcome abuse issues

TRIER, Germany (CNS): The German Cath-olic Church will require all employees who work with young people to obtain police checks and undergo psychiatric tests when necessary, under new guidelines published on August 31.

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Catholics pray for 72 massacred migrants

MEXICO CITY (CNS): Catholics in the north-eastern Mexican state of Tamaulipas offered prayers for the 72 undocumented migrants from Central and South America whose bodies were discovered August 24 in what was possibly the largest mass slaying since the country began cracking down on drug cartels and organised crime.

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Troops make final Iraq exit

Chaldean Auxiliary Bishop Shlemon Warduni of Baghdad is "screaming" for long-awaited peace for the Iraqi people, with the withdrawal for the last of the United States' combat troops from Iraq. CAROL GLATZ reports for Catholic News Service

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