Prisoners of conscience remembered on Human Rights Day

Washington D.C., Dec 11, 2014 / 04:36 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On International Human Rights Day, advocates drew attention to prisoners of conscience around the world who are being detained for their beliefs. “The Defending Freedoms Project is about people who have been detained for who they are, what they believe, and how they have chosen to express their convictions,” said Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett, head of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. “We must … [Read more...]

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Vatican calls online harassment ‘violence,’ ups efforts to fight it

Vatican City, Dec 11, 2014 / 02:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Holy See joined efforts with other Catholic organizations in order to raise awareness of the increasing trend of Internet threats, which is one among many current forms of violence against youth. “The Pontifical Council of Justice and Peace wanted to give visibility to this new and very worrying form of violence against children and youth, which comes in addition to a long list of other forms of violence and enslavement that we … [Read more...]

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Palestinian nuns among newly advanced causes for sainthood

Vatican City, Dec 11, 2014 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Saturday approved the advancement in the causes for sainthood of eight men and women, including two Palestinian nuns and an 20th century Italian wife and mother. The Holy Father authorized the promulgation of the decrees for three Blesseds and five Servants of God during a Dec. 6 audience with the prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, Cardinal Angelo Amato. The promulgation declared miracles … [Read more...]

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Conscience rights for DC religious schools threatened by city vote

Washington D.C., Dec 10, 2014 / 07:10 pm (CNA).- The Washington D.C. city council has stripped religious schools of legal protection against certain discrimination lawsuits, voting unanimously to repeal an exemption that had been in place for decades. Under city rules, it is an “unlawful discriminatory practice” for a school to limit any use of facilities, services, or programs to someone based on “sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.” However, an … [Read more...]

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Consumers have a social responsibility regarding slavery, Pope says

Vatican City, Dec 10, 2014 / 12:42 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In his message for the 2015 World Day of Peace, released on Wednesday, Pope Francis has called for a global effort of fraternity rather than indifference to combat slavery and human trafficking. “We ought to recognize that we are facing a global phenomenon which exceeds the competence of any one community or country. In order to eliminate it, we need a mobilization comparable in size to that of the phenomenon itself,” the … [Read more...]

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Bishop condemns acts of torture detailed in damning Senate report

Washington D.C., Dec 10, 2014 / 12:36 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Beatings. Sleep deprivation. Death by hypothermia. Isolation. A Senate report released Tuesday exposed a dark underbelly of the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program that oversaw 119 detainees between 2001 and 2009. “The acts of torture described in the Senate Intelligence Committee's report violated the God-given human dignity inherent in all people and were unequivocally wrong,” stated Bishop Oscar Cantu of … [Read more...]

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Pope calls victims to be ‘prophetic voices’ against nuclear war

Vatican City, Dec 10, 2014 / 10:44 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a message to an international gathering on the impact of nuclear weapons, Pope Francis called on victims to be “prophetic voices” against the potential for destruction of persons and the planet. These victims, he said, “warn us not to commit the same irreparable mistakes which have devastated populations and creation.” The Pope's letter was addressed to Sebastian Kurz, Austrian foreign minister and … [Read more...]

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