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The Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference called on the Confederation of African Football to postpone the Africa Cup of Nations 2015 soccer tournament, scheduled for Jan. 17 to Feb. 8, because of the Ebola threat. • New light is shining on the Sistine Chapel after a state of the art LED lighting system donated by Osram, a German lighting company, was inaugurated on Oct. 29. • More than 50 members of the British Parliament have written to Pakistani authorities asking for an urgent review in the case of Asia Bibi, a Christian mother of five whose death sentence on blasphemy charges was recently reinstated by Pakistan’s high court. • The Catholic Bishops of Syria called on the international community on Oct. 29 to end the arms trade that fuels the civil war that is destroying their country and forcing thousands of Christians to flee. • The Archdiocese of New York announced on Nov. 2 that 112 parishes will be merged to create 55 new parishes and that by August in 31 of the new parishes one of the churches will no longer be used for regular services but will in effect be closed.

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