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My Father was a Stranger: Biblical Teaching on Migrants

My Father was a Stranger: Biblical Teaching on Migrants

by: Pietro Bovati, SJ - La Civilta Cattolica in JPIC News,

Looking back at the past, we acknowledge that there is nearly no region or nation which, in its history, has not seen the immigration of people moving though in caravans or even entire ethnic populations arriving with the intention to settle in lands distant from their homeland, considering them oases of refuge.

Combating a cycle of despair

Combating a cycle of despair

by: Ruth Gledhill - The Tablet in JPIC News,

A young girl, almost as soon as she is old enough to walk, goes out to work in the fields with her mother and sibling. It is unrelentingly hot and the work is grindingly monotonous. In tilling and hoeing a small patch of unforgiving land, the family expend more calories than they will ever gain back from any produce they manage to grow.

Pakistan acquits Asia Bibi on death row

Pakistan acquits Asia Bibi on death row

by: ucanews.com reporter, Islamabad in JPIC News,

Pakistan's Supreme Court has set aside the death sentence for blasphemy of Catholic woman Asia Bibi and ordered her release from prison. The mother of five was sentenced to death in 2010 on charges of making derogatory remarks about the Prophet Muhammad during an argument with a Muslim farm worker. A three-member court bench comprising Chief Justice Saqib Nisar, Justice Asif Saeed Khosa and Justice Mazhar Alam Khan announced the verdict on Oct. 31.

China bans minors in Tibet from religious events

China bans minors in Tibet from religious events

by: Song Jieja, Lhasa - UCAN in JPIC News,

Beijing tightens screws to keep young generations de-rooted from traditional culture while flooding province with Han Chinese. Over the years, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has adopted various means to instill the idea in native Tibetans that their traditional culture and religion are backwards, barbaric and based on superstitious beliefs.

World faith leaders eye 'middle path' to combat extremism

World faith leaders eye 'middle path' to combat extremism

by: Konradus Epa, Jakarta - UCAN in JPIC News,

 Religious leaders, scholars and activists from around the globe ended a three-day interfaith forum in Indonesia on Aug. 16 with a message for world leaders to use a "middle path" to overcome poverty, discrimination, and extremism. Values such as goodness, tolerance, justice, solidarity, charity, and equality were the central theme of the 7th World Peace Forum in Jakarta attended by 250 people from 43 countries. 

Catholic magazine "Famiglia Cristiana" compares Salvini to the devil

Catholic magazine "Famiglia Cristiana" compares Salvini to the devil

by: Christopher Lamb , Isabella Haberstock de Carvalho - The Tablet in JPIC News,

The magazine's front cover lit up social media in Italy soon after its release and has sparked a huge debate with some heavily criticising the cover headline while others have praised the editor for taking a courageous stand. Mr Salvini replied to Famiglia Cristiana via Twitter writing that while he is not a "perfect" Christian, "I do not think I deserve that."

Catholics injured as police suppress protests in Vietnam

Catholics injured as police suppress protests in Vietnam

by: ucanews.com reporter, Hanoi in JPIC News,

Catholics have been caught up in a police crackdown aimed at suppressing opposition to a proposed special economic development plan and the approval of a controversial cybersecurity law. In Ho Chi Minh City, activists estimated that some 200 protesters, many of whom were Catholics, attempted to congregate in the city's downtown area but were detained, beaten and interrogated by police on June 17. 

Another priest slaying rocks Philippine Church

Another priest slaying rocks Philippine Church

by: Jose Torres Jr- UCAN in JPIC News,

 Father Richmond Villaflor Nil, gunned down as he was about to celebrate Mass, was fourth priest shot in last six months. Police said the priest was shot while he was putting on his alb to start the Mass. At least three shots were fired through the chapel's window. Father Nilo became the fourth Catholic priest to be shot in the Philippines in the last six months and the second within a week.

Cardinal’s battle cry as Standard’s slavery campaign goes to Parliament

Cardinal’s battle cry as Standard’s slavery campaign goes to Parliament

by: Eleanor Rose - Evening Standard in JPIC News,

The Evening Standard’s special report on modern slavery, commissioned as part of this newspaper’s Slaves on Our Streets campaign, has been launched in Parliament. The report, which lays out 11 recommendations for governments and business to implement to combat slavery, is to be distributed to political and business leaders across Britain.

Christians refuse $10 million grant in Meghalaya, Indian state

Christians refuse $10 million grant in Meghalaya, Indian state

by: Bijay Kumar Minj, New Delhi - UCAN in JPIC News,

Catholic leaders in the state told ucanews.com on Jan. 23 that they will not apply for or accept the funding of 613 million rupees (US$10 million) for illuminations, landscaping, construction of parking lots and toilets among other infrastructure work at 37 churches. Federal tourism minister K.J. Alphons announced the grant on Jan. 8, just 10 days ahead of India's Election Commission declaring Feb. 27 as the date of provincial elections in the northeastern state.

Holocaust by Bullets

Holocaust by Bullets

by: Shared by Angela McGhin - Whitburn in JPIC News,

Holocaust by Bullets by Father Patrick Desbois is the odyssey of a French Roman Catholic priest who felt called by God to search for the lost graves of Holocaust victims in Eastern Europe. While the Nazi atrocities in Western Europe are well-documented, until the collapse of the former Soviet Union, there was little recorded about the murder of 1.5 million Jews in Ukraine and other parts of Eastern Europe.

Chinese officials demolish yet another church: in Shanxi

Chinese officials demolish yet another church: in Shanxi

by: ucanews.com reporters, Bangkok in JPIC News,

Authorities in China demolished a large church in the city of Linfen, Shanxi province on Jan. 9, despite efforts by worshippers to halt the demolition and who were then pressured to remain silent, according to witnesses. It was the third Christian church demolition or closure in China in just over two weeks and comes amid a broader crackdown on "Western" religions by the government of authoritarian leader Xi Jinping. Muslims groups, especially in the far flung province of Xinjiang have also been targeted.

Pope's official address to govt authorities, diplomatic corps in Myanmar

Pope's official address to govt authorities, diplomatic corps in Myanmar

by: Vatican. va in JPIC News,

 I can only express appreciation for the efforts of the Government to take up this challenge, especially through the Panglong Peace Conference, which brings together representatives of the various groups in an attempt to end violence, to build trust and to ensure respect for the rights of all who call this land their home. Indeed, the arduous process of peace building and national reconciliation can only advance through a commitment to justice and respect for human rights.

Home Office letter tells EU citizen to ‘go home or go elsewhere’

Home Office letter tells EU citizen to ‘go home or go elsewhere’

by: Mark Townsend-The Observer in JPIC News,

“If UK officials are acting in this way towards EU nationals now, the future of our relations with EU nationals and countries should be a concern to us all. The danger is that the divorce from the EU is becoming ever more acrimonious, and this is reflected in both the tone and the practice of the Home Office.”

The Truth about the murder of Oscar Romero may be approaching its conclusion.

The Truth about the murder of Oscar Romero may be approaching its conclusion.

by: Matt Eisenbrandt - The Tablet in JPIC News,

At first glance, it seems astonishing that the only trial ever held for Romero’s murder took place in a courtroom in the United States. But perhaps it should not be so surprising: El Salvador has never provided justice for the murder not only of Romero but of thousands of other civilians killed in decades past, most of them at the hands of government soldiers.