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We must be more outspoken in seeking peace

We must be more outspoken in seeking peace

by: Sophia Lizares Bodegon - UCAnews in JPIC News,

It is relentless, the news about the wars. The pictures that stream into our living rooms and coffee shops through televisions and tablets are of beheadings, masked men ranting, 200,000 Syrians murdered, millions displaced fleeing for their lives under the cover of dust and horror. Filipinos and Fijians in the UN peacekeeping forces briefly figure in the news when they are attacked on the buffer zone between Israel and Syria.

A free man demands freedom for all

A free man demands freedom for all

by: Reporters-ucanews.com in JPIC News,

"You (the Chinese communists) can tie me up, can take me away, chop my head off, but not as a slave," said the cardinal in an online radio program yesterday evening. Hong Kong people should "not succumb to fate but maintain one's own dignity," the cardinal said.

Blessed are the peacemakers

Blessed are the peacemakers

by: Josephine McKenna & Inna Lazareva- The Telegrpah in JPIC News,

Pope Francis calls for 'new journey towards peace' in unprecedented prayer meeting at the Vatican between Israeli and Palestinian presidents, Shimon Peres and Mahmoud Abbas.

Iranian killer's execution halted at last minute by victim's parents

Iranian killer's execution halted at last minute by victim's parents

by: Saeed Kamali Dehghan - The Guardian in JPIC News,
The victim's mother hugged the grieving mother of the man her son had killed. The two women sobbed in each other's arms – one because she had lost her son, the other because hers had been saved. The action by Hosseinzadeh's mother was all the more extraordinary as it emerged that this was not the first son she had lost.
Worldwide Christian persecution a growing trend, report shows

Worldwide Christian persecution a growing trend, report shows

by: Carl Bunderson - CNA in JPIC News,

The persecution of Christians “has increased over the last 10 to 15 years,” said Ed Clancy, director of evangelization and outreach at Aid to the Church in Need, in an interview with CNA last month, adding that “persecution has many faces, unfortunately, and many places.”

Archbishop: 'Christianity faces extinction in Middle East'

Archbishop: 'Christianity faces extinction in Middle East'

by: Ben Riley-Smith - The Telegraph in JPIC News,

The head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales has warned that Christianity could become extinct in the Middle East. The Archbishop of Westminster, the Most Reverend Vincent Nichols, said that it was "probably true" that the religion could cease to exist in the area, which has seen an exodus of Christians according to some reports.

Poor are hated in Britain, says former master-general of the Dominicans

Poor are hated in Britain, says former master-general of the Dominicans

by: Reporter - Catholic Herald in JPIC News,

The life of Archbishop Oscar Romero’s is relevant to modern Britain, Fr Timothy Radcliffe has said at a speech in Westminster Abbey. At his Romero Lecture the former master-general of the Dominicans drew a comparison between the Salvadorean regime of the late 1980s and the anti-poor mood in Britain today.

Former underground bishops’ head dies

Former underground bishops’ head dies

by: UCA News in JPIC News,

 Peter Liu Guandong lived last 16 years of his life in hiding. Retired Bishop Peter Liu Guandong of Yixian, former acting president of the “underground” Church community’s bishops’ conference, died on October 28 at the age of 94.

Coventry Cathedral: Enduring testament to peace, reconciliation and hope.

Coventry Cathedral: Enduring testament to peace, reconciliation and hope.

by: Kim Lawton - Religion & Ethics in JPIC News,

At its heart is the challenge to heal the wounds of history, wounds of conflict, wounds of division, North-south, poverty, rich, poor, but—and that still remains a big part of what many of its partners do—but also it’s about learning to live with difference and to celebrate the diversity that is built into our human relationships.

Council of Europe hailed for religious freedom resolution

Council of Europe hailed for religious freedom resolution

by: Carl Bunderson - CNA in JPIC News,

A resolution passed by the Council of Europe's Parliamentary Assembly is being lauded as an important – although limited – recognition of religious and conscience rights in the public sphere. “The important step with this resolution is the mention of the right to conscientious objection and the enlargement of its scope of application,”

Our cathedrals can pull Britain out of depression

Our cathedrals can pull Britain out of depression

by: Francis Davis and Elizabeth Berridge - Catholic Herald in JPIC News,

Since the banking crash and in the face of the restructuring of our national debt many from the churches have had a lot to say about the future of capitalism and the morality of our economy. At St Paul’s Cathedral the “Occupy” demonstrators made a good deal of noise. Archbishop Vincent Nichols launched an important initiative to encourage business leaders to discuss the ethics of their firms and the Anglican Church will be using its shareholdings in banks to block excessive bonuses.

Saudis execute maid for infant's death

Saudis execute maid for infant's death

by: UCA News in JPIC News,

The Ministry of External Affairs confirmed that Rizana Nafeek, who was imprisoned at Saudi Arabia's Dawad-mi Prison since 2005, was executed around 11:40 am local time yesterday. Before her execution, Nafeek retracted a confession that she said was made under duress, and said the infant died from choking while feeding from a bottle.

Traditional Values Resolution Hijacked at Human Rights Council in Geneva

Traditional Values Resolution Hijacked at Human Rights Council in Geneva

by: Stefano Gennarini, J.D in JPIC News,

The new draft makes the case that traditional values undermine the rights of women and minorities. It finds that certain traditions and religions spread “stereotypes about femininity, sexual orientation and the role and status of women in society.” It also lists some “best practices” to show how, in some circumstances, traditional values can reinforce human rights.