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Religious Freedom Compromised in Majority of Countries

Last edited 4th November 2014

International Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need’s Religious Freedom in the World 2014 Report, compiled by journalists, academics and commentators, reveals worrying concerns for people of faith in 116 of the world’s 196 countries.


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My Catholic Story - Ashleigh Green on Interfaith Dialogue

Last edited 18th November 2014

In recent months, the situation for Muslims living in Australia has become dire. As appalling scenes continue to play out in the Middle East, many Australian Muslims are being associated with the actions of extremist groups like the Islamic State. On the front page of a recent Australian newspaper was the story of an Australian Muslim woman – born and bred on the Central Coast of NSW – who was abused in a doctor’s surgery for wearing the burqa.


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UN Must Act to Prevent Genocide of Christians

Last edited 2nd November 2014

Pointing to “the grave violations and abuses” committed by ISIS militants in the Middle East, Archbishop Auza, the Vatican’s nuncio to the United Nations (UN), called on the necessary UN agencies to take action “to prevent possible new genocides and to assist the increasing number of refugees”.


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Fifty Years of Ecumenical Dialogue Since Vatican II

Last edited 29th October 2014

Catherine Clifford is professor of Systemic and Historical theology at Saint Paul University, Ottawa. During an interview with Catholic Communications, Archdiocese of Sydney on Tuesday 28 October 2014, Prof. Clifford explained that most Catholics see Vatican II as the moment the liturgy changed. Although this was the most visibly experience of the people in the pews, Prof. Clifford explained that the change in the Church was more profound than that, particularly in the area of ecumenical dialogue.

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Asia Bibi to Pope Francis: Pray for Me, Your Daughter

Last edited 28th October 2014

A Catholic woman condemned to death in Pakistan for allegedly violating the country's blasphemy law has asked Pope Francis for his prayers, saying that she trusts in God’s plan for her life.


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'Don’t Abandon Us' - Church in Mosul, Iraq 'No Longer Exists'

Last edited 23rd October 2014

Reflecting on his recent trip to the Holy Land and to Iraqi Kurdistan, Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City said that for all practical purposes, the bishops of Mosul no longer have Churches to shepherd.


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Church to Appeal Asia Bibi Death Penalty

Last edited 21st October 2014

Catholic leaders in Pakistan will appeal to their country’s Supreme Court after a lower court upheld the death penalty for a blasphemy ruling against a Christian mother of five children.


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Pakistan to Execute Christian Sentenced for Blasphemy

Last edited 21st October 2014

A Pakistani court has upheld the death sentence of Asia Bibi, a Christian woman and mother of five children, whose 2010 conviction for blasphemy led to the assassination of two politicians who supported her, a defense lawyer said Friday.


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Vatican Publishes Synod Report. Includes List of Votes For and Against

Last edited 19th October 2014

With unprecedented transparency, the Pope called for the Synod's midterm report to be openly distributed. It includes a full list and the votes on the proposals being considered. The document is the edited and approved version of the midterm report presented by Cardinal Erdo, which had 470 proposals. As of now though, the votes don't have any weight as far as implementation.

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Synod Important for "Desperate" Christian Families in Iraq

Last edited 13th October 2014

The solidarity expressed by Synod currently being held in Rome towards Christian families in the Middle East who are experiencing a period of great "difficulty", in particular Iraq, is a very positive signal because it is "important to talk about this situation... and it gives us the strength to go forward", says Msgr. Emil Shimoun Nona, Chaldean archbishop of Mosul, the first Iraqi city to fall into the hands of the militia of the Islamic State.


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