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Global restrictions on religion

By Fr John Flynn LC TOWARDS the end of February the Pew Research Centre published a report on hostility and restrictions regarding religion: it covers the period of 2013. It found that social hostilities regarding religion declined in 2013, from a six-year peak the previous year. Nevertheless, a significant number of countries still suffer from high levels of social hostility, ... Read More »

Christianity cannot be selfish, Bo says

THERE are “seven swords that pierce Mary’s heart in Myanmar”, Cardinal Charles Maung Bo said. According to Fides, when speaking to a crowd of about 100,000 pilgrims while celebrating Mass at the National Marian Shrine in Nyaung Lay Bin, Cardinal Bo outlined the seven struggles facing the people of Myanmar. “The seven swords of Our Lady of Sorrows in Myanmar,” ... Read More »

‘Islamic State’ begins executing seized Christians

Syria evacuation

TERRORIST group Islamic State has started killing hostages seized after it took Assyrian Christian villages in Syria’s Hassake governorate, with reports that about 15 are dead. In a message sent to Catholic agencies working in the region, including Aid to the Church in Need, Archimandrite Emanuel Youkhana passed on news of the executions from a contact in Hassake city, and said the ... Read More »

Terror escalates for Syria’s Christians

Displaced Syrian girl

FEARS are growing for the safety of more than 100 people taken captive on Tuesday (February 24) as the extremist group Islamic State seized Christian villages in Hassake governorate, north-east Syria. Archimandrite Emanuel Youkhana, who works in support of persecuted Christians in the region, received a telephone update on the situation from a contact in Hassake city about midnight on Tuesday. Fr Youkhana relayed ... Read More »

Despite death threats, Bishop of Tripoli refuses to flee Libya

Bishop Giovanni Martinelli

DESPITE the Italian Government warning its citizens to leave Libya as violence escalates, the apostolic vicar of Tripoli says he would rather face martyrdom or risk being beheaded by Islamic extremists than abandon his community. In a telephone interview with Italy’s Corriere della Sera, Bishop Giovanni Martinelli vowed to stay in Tripoli, despite warnings from Rome to leave Libya. “My ... Read More »

Being good without God

By Fr John Flynn LC IN an essay published in December Peter Hitchens, brother of the late Christopher Hitchens, a renowned atheist, reflected on the importance of religion. In his essay, published on December 3 on the website of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Mr Hitchens acknowledged that atheists can arrive at some moral principles, such as the Golden Rule, or ... Read More »

Patriarchs plead on behalf of flock

THE patriarchs of the Middle East met recently to discuss the situations facing Christians in the region, particularly those who have been displaced due to conflict. Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai presided over the meeting which was held on January 27. It concluded with a statement in which the patriarchs urged the international community to help meet the needs of those ... Read More »

Research reveals heroic actions of bishops in Poland during war

ALMOST all Catholic diocesan bishops/administrators in Poland risked their lives helping Jewish people at the time of the Holocaust, according to the newest research. In 1939 in Poland, there were 21 Roman Catholic dioceses. Eight remained without diocesan bishops, who were murdered or exiled. Eleven out of 13 diocesan bishops/administrators in Poland who remained in their dioceses were helping Jewish ... Read More »

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