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Newt Gingrich, Hillary Clinton and Religious Freedom (10073)

Georgetown University scholar Thomas Farr discusses religious freedom and a host of issues — from the Obama administration's promotion of "gay rights" abroad to the recent skirmish on religious liberty in the New Hampshire primaries.

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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton: Human rights are gay rights.

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Thomas Farr is a visiting associate professor at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. He directs the Religious Freedom Project at Georgetown’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs and the task force on international religious freedom for the Witherspoon Institute in Princeton, N.J. A former diplomat, Farr was the State Department’s first director of the Office of International Religious Freedom.

He is widely published in a variety of secular and religious publications, including Foreign Affairs, First Things, The New York Times and The Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy. His book, World of Faith and Freedom: Why International Religious Liberty Is Vital...READ MORE

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Why Educating Youth on Morality Matters (2383)

Pope and Spanish bishop highlight need to teach young people the truth about justice, peace and love and sexuality.

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In a bid to end violence against Christians and other religions, Pope Benedict XVI used a Jan. 13 speech to Italian police to call for educating young people in the true meaning of justice and peace.

“Even the past year, unfortunately, was marked by violence and intolerance,” he said in the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace on Jan 13.

“Frequently, in different parts of the world, the object of reprisals and attacks were Christians, who paid with their lives for their adherence to Christ and to the Church.”

The Pope made his comments to a gathering of those Italian state police who are charged with patrolling and protecting St. Peter’s Square and the Vatican.

The Pope said that while young...READ MORE

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Did Gospels Evolve, Spiritual Warfare and Atom Bomb, Vatican Finances, and much more! (3743)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Spiritual Warfare and the Atom Bomb. Click on the link by Fr. Dwight Longenecker to learn more.

Did the Gospels Evolve? - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

Spiritual Warfare and the Atom Bomb - Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Standing on my Head

Beautiful Image from 1470 Anno Domini - Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

Solemn Mass, Legnano - Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

To Be a Gift - Amanda Castro, Ignitum Today

World Youth Day 2016 in London - Stephen Wang, Bridges and Tangents

Who Keeps a Check on the Vatican’s Finances? - Giacomo Galeazzi, La Stampa/Vatican Insider

Why Abortion Supporters Care More for Baby Animals than Baby Humans - Kristi Burton Brown, LifeSiteNews.com

SNAP’s Founder Wrote Letter For Child Porn Doc; Blasts Mother Teresa - Dave Pierre, TheMediaReport.com

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Bishops and Other Religious Leaders Warn Against Redefining Marriage (2088)

Letter urges support for 'the unique meaning of marriage and the precious gift of religious freedom.'

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WASHINGTON (EWTN News/CNA)—Several dozen religious leaders joined together against redefining marriage in America, warning that such a move would have “far-reaching consequences” for religious freedom.

In a Jan. 12 open letter to all Americans, the leaders described marriage and religious liberty as “fundamental goods that stand or fall together.”

They noted that if the civil definition of marriage is changed to include same-sex couples, the government “will compel special recognition of relationships” that many communities “cannot, in conscience, affirm.”

Those who signed the letter included Cardinal-designate Timothy Dolan of New York, president of the U.S. bishops’ conference, and...READ MORE

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Cuba's Ambassador on the Papal Visit (1256)

Eduardo Delgado refutes criticisms of his socialist country. Jan. 15 issue story.

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Pope Benedict XVI’s apostolic voyage to Cuba in March comes at a time when, according to the 2011 annual report of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, “serious religious-freedom violations continue in Cuba, despite some improvements.”

These violations include: “detention, sporadic arrests and harassment of clergy and religious leaders affiliated with unregistered religious groups, as well as the control and monitoring of religious belief and practices, including through surveillance, infiltration and legal restrictions prohibiting religious communities from operating without government permission. These conditions exist under the one-party rule of a communist government...READ MORE

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Catechism of Catholic Social Teaching, Catholic QB Philip Rivers, More Veil, and much more! (4180)

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Philip Rivers: an Inspiring Catholic NFL Quarterback. Click on the link by Yoseph M. Daviyd to read more.

Book Review: Citizens of the Heavenly City, A Catechism of Catholic Social Teaching - John M. DeJak, Catholic Lane

Philip Rivers: an Inspiring Catholic NFL Quarterback - Yoseph M. Daviyd, David L. Gray

More Thoughts on the Veil - Rachel Howell, Ignitum Today

Catholic School Principal Fired for Promoting 40 Days for Life Fights Back - Patrick B. Craine, LifeSiteNews.com

Leonardo Painting Destroyed by Louvre? - Jennifer Roche, Catholic Vote

Becoming Men of Christ - Jim Graves, Catholic World Report

The Only Catholic to Sign the U.S. Declaration of Independence - Saint Peter’s List

Theology: The Spiritual Danger of the Bella Figura - Fr. Robert Barron, The Word on Fire

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Site of Hindu Attacks on Christians Sees Conversions (6318)

Many of those who persecuted Christians in India are themselves becoming Christian. Kandhamal proves Tertullian right.

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Christians of Gadragam dance to the tune of hymns on the New Year Day. The burnt remnant of a house behind is where disabled Rasanand Pradhan, the first martyr of Kandhamal, was torched alive.

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GADRAGAM, India — Two dozen Christians were dancing excitedly to the tune of Christian hymns on New Year’s Day at Gadragam village in the Indian state of Orissa.

That may not be a surprise, considering the red-letter day. But this is the Kandhamal jungles of eastern Orissa state, where just a few years ago, fundamentalist Hindus let loose a severe attack on their Christian neighbors, taking the lives of more than 100 people.

Plus, the rejoicing was in front of the remains of a burnt-out house in which a disabled Christian youth had been burned to death during the widespread violence.
“Our people are no longer afraid; they are ready to profess their faith boldly,” exclaimed Rabindra...READ MORE

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Haiti Is Still Picking Up the Pieces 2 Years Later (1613)

Archbishop encourages Haitians as they rebuild their future.

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, (CNA/EWTN News)—Port-au-Prince Archbishop Guire Poulard marked the second anniversary of 2010’s earthquake with a call for Haitians to build a better future for themselves and their country.

“The reconstruction will be Haitian or will not be,” the archbishop proclaimed in a message carried by the news outlet Haiti Libre.

He said Haitians “cannot accept to live only from international begging,” but must take on the task of reconstruction in the same way that national independence was achieved: “by rolling up our sleeves.”

“Put your hope in God and in yourself,” the archbishop urged, saying the “other promises do not offer any guarantees” for the future.

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