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Religious Opposition Continues Against Philippines’ Reproductive Health Law, Efforts To Provide Free Contraception

GroundTruth Project/PRI: Catholic leaders battle against free birth control in the Philippines “…[T]he unmet need for birth control may become a thing of the past as the Philippines begins to roll out free contraception under its new reproductive health law. … The path to free family planning services for the…

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MSF Resumes Humanitarian Operations In Myanmar’s Rakhine State After 9-Month Government Ban

Reuters: MSF resumes work in Myanmar state after government ban “An international medical group has resumed work in an area of northwest Myanmar after a nine-month government ban on its presence in one of the poorest parts of the country over allegations of bias. Médecins Sans Frontières-Holland (MSF) said Tuesday…

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Unfair Economic System, Not Large Families, To Blame For Poverty, Pope Clarifies After Contraception Comments

Agence France-Presse: Pope rows back from ‘rabbits’ comments, praises large families “Pope Francis on Wednesday described large families as a ‘gift from God,’ just days after he said Catholics did not need to ‘breed like rabbits.’ In an apparent row back from comments he made on his way back from…

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Many Women Worldwide Prefer Contraception Use Over Natural Family Planning

The Guardian: Why I agree with the Pope on family planning — up to a point Faustina Fynn Nyame, country director of Marie Stopes Kenya “…[I]n a lot of ways Pope Francis and I are in complete agreement. We both want to see happy children raised in happy homes: children…

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Catholic Church’s Stance Against Contraception Not License For Large Families, Pope Says

International Business Times: Pope Francis Suggests Natural Family Planning Instead Of Breeding ‘Like Rabbits’ “Pope Francis doesn’t want members of the Catholic faith to feel they have to ‘breed like rabbits’ because of the church’s contraception ban. Instead, he suggested natural family planning strategies…” (Elise, 1/19). Reuters: Pope says birth…

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Catholics In Philippines Increasingly Support Contraception Use, As Pope Visits Country

Wall Street Journal: Pope Faces Changing Attitudes on Birth Control in Philippines “Pope Francis lands in the Philippines Thursday facing a rapidly changing society where Catholicism remains strong, but where some Catholics dismiss the Church’s line on sex and birth control as outdated. … Last year, the Philippine Supreme Court…

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‘Medicalization’ Of FGM Causing Religious Leaders, Activists To Increase Efforts Against Practice

Religion News Service/Washington Post: African church leaders worry about the ‘medicalization’ of female genital mutilation “International rights groups, churches, and activists are escalating campaigns against female genital mutilation now that a new practice has emerged in which girls are checking into hospitals to have the procedure. In what is being…

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Vatican Increases Response To Ebola Through Donation To Catholic Institutions Operating In Affected Nations

The Hill: Vatican adds funds to Ebola fight “The Vatican is seeking to bolster its response to Ebola in West Africa by increasing money spent on Catholic institutions in the countries most affected. The donation, announced Wednesday in a Vatican news bulletin, will support parishes’ purchase of protective gear, transportation…

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Friends Of Global Fight Report Highlights Role Of FBOs In HIV, TB, Malaria Efforts

Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria: New Friends Report Highlights the Role of the Faith Community in the Fight Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria “Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria today released ‘A Critical Partnership: The Lifesaving Collaboration Between the Global Fund…

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Ebola Epidemic Illustrates Why Water, Sanitation Key To Global Health, Development

The Hill: Ebola’s missing solution James Kowalski, dean of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City “…Without the resources to maintain basic personal hygiene, the foundational building block to health security is missing. The global water and sanitation crisis, ever-present in tens of thousands of villages…

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