Tag: religious freedom

Archbishop Wenski named acting chair of bishops’ religious freedom efforts

WASHINGTON | Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami has been appointed the acting chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee for Religious Liberty. The appointment by Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, came June 22. He assumes leadership of the committee from Bishop George V. Murry of… Read more »

China makes preaching patriotism compulsory to reopen churches

BEIJING | Catholics are upset about a directive from China’s communist government asking priests to “preach on patriotism” as a condition for reopening liturgical services, suspended earlier this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Ucanews.com reported the Catholic Patriotic Association and the Chinese Catholic educational administration committee of Zhejiang province jointly issued a notice May… Read more »

New rules in China target unregistered Catholic, Protestant churches

SIEM REAP, Cambodia | The Chinese government has targeted unregistered Catholic and Protestant churches with a new expansion of rules and regulations governing religious organizations. It will institute another raft of laws covering 41 religion-related topics Feb. 1, two years after the implementation of another set of restrictive laws for religious groups in the country…. Read more »

Turkish planes bomb Syria, causing panic among Christians, others

AMMAN, Jordan | Turkish warplanes have begun attacking northeastern Syria, causing widespread panic among Christian and other religious communities caught up in the aerial bombardments. “Christians and others are extremely worried,” Syriac Christian political leader Bassam Ishak told Catholic News Service by phone Oct. 9. “The Turkish bombing seems designed to push people out of… Read more »

Global leaders address religious freedom

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WASHINGTON | The rabbi of a Pittsburgh Jewish community where 11 people were killed by a gunman in October told a worldwide meeting of religious freedom activists that only by rejecting racism and bigotry can violence in the name of religion be overcome. “More of humanity desires to live at peace,” Rabbi Jeffry Myers of… Read more »

Religious freedom is basis of all other freedoms in U.S., cardinal says

OREM, Utah | The nation’s Bill of Rights guaranteed freedom of religion, not freedom from religion, New York Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan told a crowd of more than 3,000 gathered in Orem for a patriotic event held each year around the Fourth of July. The defense of religious freedom is the “quintessential American cause, the… Read more »

Four Catholics die in latest Burkina Faso church attack

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso | Suspected Muslim extremists attacked another Catholic church in Burkina Faso, killing four people and raising the death toll among Christians to 20 in wave of violence in the West Africa nation. The worshippers were killed when armed assailants broke into Our Lady of All Joy Church in the village of Toulfe… Read more »

Christians concerned about religious freedom if Turkey enters Syria

AMMAN, Jordan | Growing numbers of Christians in North America and Europe are joining Christians in Syria’s northeast in expressing concern for the future of religious minorities and Kurds in that region should the U.S. give Turkey the “green light” to take over the fight against Islamic State. “News of any Turkish military involvement in… Read more »

International religious freedom report cites 28 nations falling short

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The U.S. International Commission on Religious Freedom singled out 28 countries for their repression of religious liberty in its annual report, issued Aug. 29. Sixteen countries were designated in the 228-page report as Tier 1 — the harshest level of repression: Myanmar, Central African Republic, China, Eritrea, Iran, Nigeria, North Korea, Pakistan,… Read more »

Religious Freedom Week begins

Venice | The Feast of Sts. Thomas More and John Fisher on June 22 marks the start of Religious Freedom Week, a national call for all Catholics across the United States to pray and act in support of religious liberty in our country and abroad. It is appropriate that standing up for religious freedom begins… Read more »