Global report warns of ‘dire’ religious freedom plight

Washington D.C., May 4, 2013 / 04:11 pm (CNA).- A recent report on international religious liberty cautioned that severe threats to freedom of religion exist in diverse communities through the world and should be discouraged through actions by the U.S. government.“The Annual Report ultimately is about people and how their governments treat them,” said Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett, chair of the commission that released the report.“Religious freedom is both a pivotal human … [Read more...]

Pastor’s move to solitary confinement in Iran sparks worry

Washington D.C., May 4, 2013 / 01:19 pm (CNA).- A U.S. citizen being held in an Iranian prison for his Christian activities has reportedly been moved to solitary confinement, prompting concerns over his health and safety.“We believe that he is being beaten in solitary confinement. We have no way of finding out about his health,” said Naghmeh Abedini, whose husband, Saeed, has been imprisoned in Iran since last fall. “There will be no more visitations allowed and we … [Read more...]

Pope: Mary helps us not be ‘teenagers for life’

Rome, Italy, May 4, 2013 / 11:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After praying the Rosary this evening, Pope Francis reflected on how Mary “gives us health” by helping Christians mature in their faith and not remain “teenagers for life.” “Dear brothers and sisters, how hard it is, in our time, to make the ultimate decisions! The temporary seduces us. We are victims of a trend that pushes us to the temporary ... as if we wanted to stay teenagers for life! We should not … [Read more...]

Pope: Mary helps us not be ‘teenagers for life’

Rome, Italy, May 4, 2013 / 11:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After praying the Rosary this evening, Pope Francis reflected on how Mary “gives us health” by helping Christians mature in their faith and not remain “teenagers for life.” “Dear brothers and sisters, how hard it is, in our time, to make the ultimate decisions! The temporary seduces us. We are victims of a trend that pushes us to the temporary ... as if we wanted to stay teenagers for life! We should not … [Read more...]

Benedict XVI needs new coat of arms, designer says

Vatican City, May 4, 2013 / 06:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The cardinal who designed Pope Benedict XVI's coat of arms says he needs a new one now that he is no longer the pontiff. “The problem now is whether the Pope Emeritus can keep that same coat of arms or not,” said Cardinal Andrea Cordero Lanza di Montezemolo. “And as a person who has always dedicated himself to this, I say ‘no,’” he told CNA during a May 2 interview. The cardinal, who served … [Read more...]


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