Category: World Report

India is failing to protect religious minorities – report

Religious tolerance is steadily deteriorating in India and violations of freedom of religion are rising, a new report has found. Sponsored by the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), ‘Constitutional and Legal Challenges Faced by Religious Minorities in India’ examined state laws across the nation and found that, while India’s constitution guarantees equal rights…

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Catholic samurai beatified Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Vatican’s ‎Congregation for the Causes of Saints has led the beatification Mass for Justo Takayama Ukon, the so-called ‘Samurai saint’ of 17th-Century Japan. During the ceremony in Osaka, the life of Ukon was recalled, from his birth in 1552 to his death in exile as a…

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Cardinal Müller criticises ‘local interpretations’ of Amoris Laetitia The head of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has taken to task bishops who are choosing to interpret Pope Francis’ Amoris Laetitia exhortation on the family in ways which are not in keeping with Church doctrine. In an interview with Italian media, Cardinal…

Christian leaders condemn Trump’s refugee plan

Christian leaders in the Middle East have condemned as “divisive” moves by US President Donald Trump to prioritise Christian refugees while barring others from entry to America. Responding to the president’s executive order against seven Muslim-majority nations and his signalling of preferential treatment of Christian refugees, Bishop Antoine Audo of Aleppo in Syria said any…

Hungary pledges coordinated action on Christian persecution

The government of Hungary has said it aims to make the country a hub for and supporter of organisations tackling Christian persecution worldwide. In an address to a conference in Budapest attended by Christian advocacy groups, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Ministry for Human Resources, Bence Rétvári, pointed out that Hungary was the first nation…

Anti-Semitic crimes in Britain have surged to their highest levels on record, new figures from a monitoring group have revealed. According to records compiled by the Community Security Trust (CST), there were 1,309 incidents of anti-Semitism across 2016, a figure which surpassed the previous record of 1,182 recorded in 2014. The majority of crimes against…

Vatican Roundup

Religious orders ‘haemorrhaging’ members, cardinal reveals The secretary of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life has sounded a warning on the “haemorrhaging” of people from religious life. Interviewed by L’Osservatore Romano, Cardinal José Rodríguez Carballo revealed that between 2015 and 2016, some 2,300 monks and nuns had left their…

On Roman posters, papal blowback, and parallels with Trump

On Saturday morning, Rome woke up to discover its walls and sidewalks festooned with anti-Pope Francis posters asking, “Where’s your mercy?” Under a dour shot of the Pontiff, the poster cited crackdowns on groups and individuals perceived as conservative-to-traditionalist. A few hours later, I got a phone call from a veteran Italian Vatican writer I’ve known for…