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Bishops: Obama's Executive Order on Discrimination 'Implements Discrimination'
The bishop-Chairmen of two USCCB Committees responded with concern to President Obama’s July 21 executive order to prohibit federal government contractors from what the Administration deems “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” discrimination and to forbid “gender identity” discrimination in the employment of ...

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Soccer Players to Participate in "Match for Peace" in September in Rome
The Vatican has announced that some of the world’s most famous soccer players will participate in a sporting event in September aimed at uniting people of different religions. The proceeds of the event will go to charity. The “Interreligious Match for Peace” will be held on September 1 at 8.45 p.m. at the Olympic...

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Syria's Christian Exodus
An hour-long program documenting the extreme danger facing Syrian Christians in the midst of the country’s internal conflict is showing this week on EWTN. “Syria’s Christian Exodus” records the conditions of Syria's Christian refugees currently displaced in the neighbouring countries of Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, and...

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Papal Astronomer: Real Science Is Not the Realm of Atheists or Egoists
Catholics need to be more courageous in showing that religion and science co-exist says the papal astronomer who has just been awarded one of the world's most prestigious awards in science. Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno, who was honored last week with the Carl Sagan Medal for “outstanding communication by an act...

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Archbishop Sleiman: Real Actors in Iraq Are Foreign Governments and Big Oil
Latin rite Archbishop Jean Benjamin Sleiman of Baghdad has shared his views on the situation in Iraq and for its Christians. In addition to discussing the events of Iraq and Mosul with ZENIT Wednesday, he also discussed the roles of the Church, government, and other organizations in resolving the internal conflic...

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Pope Telephones Patriarch to Express Solidarity With Iraqi Christians
Pope Francis has called the Patriarch of the Syriac Catholic Church Ignatius Youssef III Younan to reassure him that he is following news out of Iraq with concern, especially the dramatic situation of Christians in Mosul. Pope Francis phoned Patriarch Younan shortly after reciting the Angelus on Sunday to express...

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Grand Chamber to Decide on Case of Iranian Convert to Christianity Seeking Asylum
On 2 June 2014, F.G. v. Sweden case (n° 43611/11), concerning the implementation of an expulsion order against a Christian convert, was referred to the Grand Chamber. The issue is whether the conversion to Christianity of an Iranian living in Iran creates a serious human rights violation. The President of the Court...

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Irish Bishops Plea for Peace in Middle East
Here is a statement released Tuesday by Bishop John McAreavey of Dromore, chairman of the Irish bishops' Council for Justice and Peace. * * * The death and destruction that we are witnessing in certain parts of the Middle East is truly shocking and heart-breaking. I encourage all Christians and all people of go...

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Holy See Addresses UN on Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Here is today's statement by Archbishop Silvano M. Tomasi, Permanent Representative of the Holy See to the United Nations in Geneva. He addressed the 21st Special Session of the Human Rights Council on the human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory including East Jerusalem. * * *  Mr. Presiden...

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Christians in Turkey: An Unmatched Legacy
As well as a program highlighting the exodus of Christians from Syria this week, the Catholic television network EWTN is currently airing a documentary by the same filmmaker on Turkey’s rich Christian history. Rome-based journalist and broadcaster Elisabetta Valgiusti takes the viewer through the beautiful and ri...

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