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Religious Freedom

 

In Pakistan, promises for equal rights for all

The hopes of Pakistan’s religious minorities for greater recognition in civil life have risen, following the statements of Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan, leader of ...

What are we doing for them?

In many societies today, the utterance of a simple phrase, “I am a Christian”, is a crime punishable by death. So widespread is this persecution ...

​From the darkness of terror to the light of hope

With prayer and “No more violence” events, the Christian community in India observed the seventh anniversary of the massacres that occurred in Kandhamal District, Odisha ...

The silence of the innocent

“Many times have I wanted to give voice to the the unspeakable, inhuman and inexplicable persecution of those who in many parts of the world ...

A courageous decision

“Under the new law, 'all forms of discrimination based on religion, caste, creed, doctrine, race, colour or ethnic origin' are outlawed. This means that in ...

An education against hate and weapons

Catholics in Iraq are 'challenging' the Islamic State not with weapons or violence but through education and teaching, thanks to the contribution and support of ...

The right to freedom of religion

Mr President, 1/. I would like to begin by expressing the Holy See’s appreciation to the Serbian Chairmanship for having organized this meeting forty years ...

Duty for all believers

In view of an upcoming conference on 8-9 September in Bosnia and Herzegovina at the initiative of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of ...

Dialogue before controversy

Dialogue and good sense. This was the appeal of the Catholic bishops of Indiana regarding the controversy surrounding the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The law, ...

In prayer for the innocent victims

A “Day of prayer for the innocent lives of martyrs” is how today the Christians of Pakistan are remembering the victims of Sunday's terrorist attacks ...

We are not afraid of anything

“They gave us the choice to be Christians or be killed” and “we had to flee from our lands with our Christ, with our faith ...

In memory of the martyrs of Orissa

The Christians of the village of Tiangia (Orissa) have built the first monument honouring the seven martyrs, victims of the anti-Christian pogrom of Kandhamal in ...

Christians and Muslims living in peace

Today Ethiopia is a model of peaceful coexistence between Christians and Muslims, who for centuries have lived next to each other, working together to fight ...

A genocide right under our eyes

“The continued persecution of Christians in several countries of the world, especially in the Middle East, is a matter of our Church’s meticulous attention. Using ...

No discrimination

The Turkish government has authorized the construction of a new Syriac Christian Church. Quoting official sources, the Andaolu Agency reported that the church will be ...

An end to violence in Pakistan

The bishops of Pakistan are pushing for immediate measures to put an end to the increasing violence and religious intolerance. This intolerance, they wrote in ...

An indescribable tragedy

In the face of the “indescribable tragedy” of the persecution of Christians in the Middle East, faith leaders cannot remain silent. These remarks were part ...

Religion cannot divide

“A crime committed in the name of religion is a crime against religion itself, because hate disguised as religion in order to introduce enmity to ...

Together with discriminated Christians

To better address the discrimination, persecution and violence that Christians face daily in many countries: this is a synthesis of the pact made by representatives ...

Meriam's courage

Pope Francis met Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag, the young Christian woman from Sudan who had been condemned to death in her country for apostasy but ...

Christians are not foreigners in the Middle East

“Violence must be overcome by peace”. This was the invocation of Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, Prefect of the Congregation for the Eastern Churches, who, from the ...

The situation of Christians in Iraq continues to worsen by the hour

The condition of Christians in Iraq continues to worsen by the hour. Hundreds of families have been forced to flee and abandon their villages and ...

Religious discrimination in India even in prisons

The high number of inmates in Indian prisons who belong to socio-religious minorities is due to the attitude of some who target the most vulnerable ...

Evangelical church attacked in Kenya

Four people were killed and 17 more were injured yesterday in attack on an Evangelical church in Likoni, a village in south eastern Kenya. According ...

A now global crisis

Since taking on my role in 2012 as the first ever UK Minister for faith, I have made the issue of religious freedom a personal ...

In defense of religious freedom

“ The Basilica is the embodiment of what it means to be both Catholic and American, the intersection of faith and public life that is ...

The right to express the faith

To respect the right of every believer to live their faith freely, and to recognize the role that Christianity has played in the formation of ...

The invitation to forgive even those who kill

On Wednesday morning, 20 February, in the Cathedral of St Joseph on the island of Zanzibar, Tanzania, the funeral of Fr Evarist Mushi was celebrated. ...

If relativism is taken as a norm

ROME, 16. “There is a real risk that moral relativism, which imposes itself as a new social norm, will come to undermine the foundations of ...

The foundation stone of religious freedom

“ Faced with the repetition throughout the world of acts of persecution, the history of the foundation of the United States of America and its ...

Attacks against Christians in Nigeria

Another bloody Sunday for Christians in the north of Nigeria. Two car bombs detonated by suicide attackers exploded in a church in a military compound ...

The first liberty to defend

The first liberty to defend: freedom of religion. It has long been a worry of bishops in the US and now, in lieu of the ...

In defense of freedom of all

Freedom, including that of expression, is defended with the respect for the dignity of others. This is was said with determination by Catholics and Muslims ...

Interfering in religious tradition

The controversy, which began in June after a district court in Cologne ruled religiously-motivated circumcision as bodily harm, has been reignited. Yesterday the Jewish community ...

The massacres will not stop the testimony of God’s love

Why is there so much violence against Christians in some parts of the world? Might it be merely for ideological motives? Or is it that ...

The firm's freedom out of respect for religion

A company managed by a Catholic family cannot be forced to violate its religious beliefs in the area of private insurance schemes. This was recently ...

Hands off  the Cross

The Russian Orthodox Church cannot stand by and watch while Christianity is persecuted in Europe, according to Fr Philip Ryabykh, a representative of the Patriarchate ...

Violence against Christians in Kenya

The Christian communities in Africa are the target of terrorist violence by various Islamic Fundamentalist Groups that in recent months have emphasized their strategy of ...

Necessary recourse in defence of religious freedom

The Archdioceses of New York, of Washington and of Saint Louis, along with 40 other dioceses, institutions and Catholic organizations (schools, universities, hospitals and charities) ...

The Nagasaki of martyrs

The history of Christianity – as recent events in Nigeria and Kenya remind us – is marked by massacres and persecutions, occurring not only in ...

Christians still under attack in Africa

The persecutions of Christians is never ending and Africa — a land where the presence of Christians is a sign of hope and openness — ...

Intolerance of Christians increasing in Europe

“The bishops in Europe are particularly conscious of these manifestations of religious discrimination and intolerance which actually confirm how some values and fundamental rights proper ...

Religious freedom at a crossroads

The decision taken by the Federal Department of Health and Human services on the topic of contraception “violates the constitutional limits on our government, and ...

Poverty and ignorance favour religious intolerance

“If we don't succeed in eradicating poverty and ignorance in our Country, then we will not be able to combat the the phenomenon of religious ...

For a peaceful coexistence in Egypt with respect for minorities

Distressed by the violent episodes targeting Coptic Christians which took place last Sunday, 9 October, in Egypt, the Pope expressed his profound sorrow for the ...

Greater protection for the Christian minority

Greater protection for the Christian minority, increased mutual understanding with other religions, support for the marginalized to assure them of an adequate education encouraging emancipation. ...

The cross at Ground Zero a symbol of hope

“The cross is a symbol of consolation and comfort for everyone who lost loved ones and of hope for those who survived”, is the reply ...

In the difficult crossroads of history

Twenty-five years have passed since the event in Assisi in 1986 and the world is much changed. Then, western culture considered religions a reality which ...

Freedom of religion a fundamental human right

In a message sent to participants in the Plenary Session of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, the Holy Father appealed again to all States ...

Wisdom of difference

Dialogue between religions should focus on “improving the quality of our disagreements” rather than on merely reaching agreement in specific issues, if it is to ...

The Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham

In accordance with the provisions of the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus of Pope Benedict XVI (4 November 2009) and after careful consultation with the Catholic ...

International Community must fight discrimination against Christians

Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, sdb, Secretary of State and Head of the Delegation of the Holy See gave the following discourse at the Summit of Heads ...

«Religious freedom, the path to peace»

“ Religious freedom, the path to peace”. This is the theme chosen by Pope Benedict XVI for the celebration of the 2011 World Day of ...

Lasting peace and freedom of religion for all

On Friday, 25 June, in the Vatican's Clementine Hall, the Holy Father spoke to the Members of the Assembly of Organizations for Aid to the ...

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