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At UN, calls for global response to Christian genocide

At UN, calls for global response to Christian genocide

NEW YORK CITY, N.Y., Apr 28, 2016–The plight of Christians and other Middle East minorities demands action from the international community, one leader in relief efforts said in a panel at the United Nations. “We have a unique opportunity to change things for the better,” said Carl Anderson, head of the Knights of Columbus. “Never [...]

KANSAS CITY, Mo., Apr 28, 2016–A new album from the chart-topping community of Benedictine nuns in rural Missouri has an intimate selection of the songs they sing when they gather for Eucharistic Adoration at their monastery. “We pray that the music on this album will contribute to a more profound belief, adoration, hope and love…in [...]

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WASHINGTON D.C., Apr 28, 2016–The denial of a playground resurfacing grant to a Lutheran school empowers religious discrimination, not constitutional principles, the U.S. Catholic bishops said in a Supreme Court brief. “Missouri’s religious discrimination not only contravenes the First Amendment, it is profoundly demeaning to people of faith,” the U.S. bishops said in their April [...]

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This statue of Mary was untouched by the devastating Ecuador earthquake

GUAYAQIL, Ecuador, April 23, 2016–Everything collapsed around it, but the glass case with the statue of our Lady of Light remained intact after the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Ecuador on April 16. The statue was housed at the Leonie Aviat school in the Tarqui administrative district in Manta Canton, Ecuador, one of the areas [...]

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WASHINGTON, DC, April 23, 2016–On the heels of the White House’s announcement that the United States has made its first $500 million contribution to the Green Climate Fund more than 120 faith-based organizations called on Congress to continue to support the effort in the fiscal year 2017 federal budget. In a letter to members of Congress April 11, the [...]

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ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla., Apr 21, 2016–A Florida priest who went missing last week has been lauded by his diocese as a humble and generous servant after his remains were found in Georgia on April 18. “He always saw the good in people he served reminding them that God created them for greatness with a good [...]

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When terrorism destroys religious cooperation – the Holy See’s message to the UN

VATICAN CITY, April 20, 2016–Terrorism in the name of religion is a lie, the head of the Holy See’s mission to the United Nations said last week.  “In the Middle East, in particular, terrorists must never be allowed to destroy centuries of peaceful co-existence of Muslims and Christians in the region,” Archbishop Bernardito Auza said [...]

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ROME, Italy, April 20, 2016–On April 29, the Trevi Fountain, one of the most popular and emblematic tourist spots in Rome, will be dyed red in recognition of all Christians who even today give their life for the faith.   The event is being organized by Aid to the Church in Need and seeks to [...]

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POZNAN, Poland, April 19, 2016–The power of Poland’s “invincible national spirit” and resilience to countless foreign invaders lies not with her government or military, but rather in the nation’s Christian identity, its president said on Friday. “The Baptism of Duke Mieszko I is the most important event in the entire history of the Polish state [...]

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LEGNICA, Poland, April 18, 2016–A bleeding Host that “has the hallmarks of a Eucharistic miracle” was approved for veneration in Poland over the weekend. The announcement was made by Bishop Zbigniew Kiernikowski of Legnica on April 17. On Christmas Day 2013, a consecrated Host fell to the floor, the bishop said. It was picked up [...]

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School sports transgender policy bad for students, say Nebraska’s bishops

LINCOLN, Neb., April 14, 2016–Nebraska’s body governing school athletics has failed to overturn a policy that will recognize gender identity rather than biological sex as a standard for student athletes, and last week the state’s bishops said they “deeply regret” the situation. “Recognizing the truth about each person’s biological sex, and basing policies upon that [...]

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WASHINGTON D.C., April 13, 2016–Asked whether there are ways for the government to provide contraceptive coverage that do not require them to violate their consciences, the Little Sisters of the Poor are saying “yes.” “These non-profits said ‘yes’ to the Supreme Court, just as they have been saying ‘yes’ to the federal government for many [...]

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NEWARK, N.J., April 13, 2016–For many Catholic families, the day their child receives the Sacrament of First Holy Communion marks a pivotal moment in their journey of faith.  The Archdiocese of Newark, New Jersey wants to make sure that financial hardship doesn’t stand in the way of that experience, by collecting First Communion outfits for [...]

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JACKSON, Miss., April 13, 2016–Mississippi’s new religious freedom law helps protect Catholic education and social services like adoption, said the Catholic Bishop of Jackson. The bishop said his diocese supported the bill out of these concerns. “We would like to continue to provide these services while remaining faithful to the teachings of the Catholic Church,” [...]

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‘You are not forgotten,’ Cardinal Dolan tells Iraq’s Christians and Yazidis

DOHUK, Iraq, April 10, 2016–On his second full day in Iraq, Cardinal Timothy Dolan traveled three hours to Dohuk, the city where the majority of those who fled Mosul, including the members of the minority Yazidi population, escaped to when ISIS overran the city. After the lengthy ride, Cardinal Dolan briefly visited a medical dispensary [...]

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STOCKHOLM, Sweden, April 9, 2016–Religious liberty advocates applauded a European court’s ruling in favor of asylum for an individual fleeing life-threatening anti-conversion laws in Iran, on the grounds that his security must be taken into account. “Asylum should be granted to individuals who are being persecuted and fear for their lives because of converting to [...]

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