Indian youth recounts ‘great’ World Youth Day lunch with Pope

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 26, 2013 / 07:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Thomson Philip, a young India-born man who lives in New Zealand, can hardly believe he sat next to Pope Francis for lunch during World Youth Day 2013 in Rio de Janeiro. The 27 year-old communications engineer told CNA, “I don’t have enough words to describe what I feel. I felt so blessed and it was the best experience of my life. I have a lot of responsibility now with this.” During the Friday lunch, Pope … [Read more...]

US religious freedom commissioners urge foreign policy action

Washington D.C., Jul 26, 2013 / 06:05 pm (CNA).- Leaders of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom say that religious liberty is an “essential element” of human dignity and its protection deserves prominence in U.S. foreign policy. “Since America's founding, the country has honored this form of liberty,” Robert P. George, the newly elected commission chair, and commission vice-chair Katrina Lantos Swett, wrote in the Wall Street Journal July … [Read more...]