• World must respond to ISIS genocide, U.N. conference hears

    World must respond to ISIS genocide, U.N. conference hears

    • Apr 30, 2016

    The U.N. estimates that more than half of Syria’s pre-civil war population of about 22.1 million people are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance. Four million Syrian refugees now live outside of their homeland. Overall, at least 8 million people have been displaced throughout the region, human rights organizations estimate.

  • Pope Francis leads the charge against 21st century slavery

    Pope Francis leads the charge against 21st century slavery

    • Apr 20, 2016

    If slavery makes you think of the 18th and 19th centuries, think again. Think the 21st Century. Think today. An estimated 27 million people live in slavery today. That’s more than twice the number of men and women taken from Africa during the transatlantic slave trade. In fact, more people live – and too often die – in bondage today than at any

  • Pope Francis praises ‘historic’ Paris climate change agreement

    Pope Francis praises ‘historic’ Paris climate change agreement

    • Dec 14, 2015

    ROME — Pope Francis on Sunday praised what he called an “historic” agreement reached at a United Nations climate change summit in Paris and called for a global commitment to implement it, including special attention to the poorest populations. “Its implementation will require unanimous commitment and generous dedication by everyone,”