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The high incidence of rape in Congo is not destroying only women; it is destroying the nation’s society, said the general secretary of the church’s national justice and peace commission, Marie-Bernard Alima, a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Kalemie, during a visit in October to Washington. • The French consul in the Gaza Strip, Majdi Jameel Yaseen Shaqqoura, 44, his wife and two children were wounded by glass and shrapnel in an Israeli attack in northern Gaza on Nov. 14 on the Palestinian Navy site there. The consul’s wife suffered a hemorrhage that led to a miscarriage. • The story of the life and the assassination in 2005 of Dorothy Stang, of the Sisters of Notre Dame, is being told in a new American opera, “The Angel of the Amazon,” composed by Evan Mack. • Columban missionaries have joined the Catholic solidarity movement in South Korea opposing the construction of a military base on Jeju, the “Island of Peace.” • On Nov. 15 Palestinian activists inspired by the freedom rides of the U.S. Civil Rights movement in the American South boarded segregated Israeli public transportation in the West Bank to travel to occupied East Jerusalem.

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