Tag: "persecution"

The Lonely Road of the Church's "New Minority"
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The Lonely Road of the Church’s “New Minority”

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A religious once said, “Being a missionary is like taking a pearl of inestimable value into a land where the people don’t want it, even as a gift.” The sad truth is that today, everyday faithful Catholics are called to be missionaries  in their own churches. Why? Because our fellow parishioners are often as in need of evangelization […]

Silence - Finger Over Mouth
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Bloodless Persecution

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10 steps to coerce Christians to abandon their beliefs.

Today's Holy Innocents
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Today’s Holy Innocents

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When one looks at the liturgical calendar, one sees a message the Church is attempting to instill within us.  Right after we erupt with jubilation over the birth of Christ, we meditate over the first martyr, St. Stephen.  He reminds us that this joy has a price, and that price is higher than we could […]

Keep the Faith in Syria
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Keep the Faith in Syria

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A Syrian prelate, ordained a bishop only last month, has spoken of his dismay at the country’s mass exodus of Christians, but he is convinced that the future of one of the world’s oldest Church communities is assured. Melkite Greek Catholic Bishop Nicolas Antiba of Bosra and Hauran described how his faithful in southern Syria […]

Calling all Catholics: Defend Your Brothers and Sisters in Syria
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Calling all Catholics: Defend Your Brothers and Sisters in Syria

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Catholics are supposed to be the champions of human rights. We are 25 percent of the U.S. population, yet Barack Obama was twice elected president and he wages numerous kinds of war both here and abroad. As Congress weighs Obama’s plan to bomb the Syrian people, Catholics and all Americans need to understand what’s at […]

A Call to Conscience
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A Call to Conscience

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“Theological courage calls the inner-man to ignore his buckling knees and take theologically driven stances that, while potentially controversial, are righteous in nature.”  So write Owen Strachen and Andrew Walker in a recent article discussing Hobby Lobby’s stance against Obamacare’s onerous trampling of religious liberty.   The idea of martyrdom, be it physical, social, or […]

Tough Religion and Evangelization
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Tough Religion and Evangelization

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Much has been said lately about how to do evangelization. I’ve contributed a bit to that myself. Now I begin to think that, instead of always stressing niceness, it might be good to give tough religion a try. That idea was inspired by a reading of Eric Metaxas’s biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the Lutheran theologian […]

Egypt: Kill a Christian, Collect a Reward
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Egypt: Kill a Christian, Collect a Reward

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Recently an Egyptian Muslim posted a YouTube videotape of himself cursing Islam, its holy book, the Koran, tearing the latter to pieces and throwing it in the garbage. Excerpts of what he said follow: There it is, Allah’s book, this is the basic catastrophe. I don’t know what day it is of this disgusting month […]

Christian Revolution Under Constantine: 1700th Anniversary Series, Part 1
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Christian Revolution Under Constantine: 1700th Anniversary Series, Part 1

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Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 The air of centuries ago is healthful to inhale, especially when it blows balmy and pristine.  Wafting from the past, the great Christian revolution of the 4th century has the capacity to ennoble modern hearts and uplift minds that have sunk like stones into what is seen […]

You Should Be Worried!
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You Should Be Worried!

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“He moved about freely with them in Jerusalem, and spoke out boldly in the name of the Lord.  He also spoke and debated with the Hellenists, but they tried to kill him.” (Acts 9:29, NAB) When St. Paul began traveling throughout the Roman Empire, truly going into the culture of death in order to proclaim […]

Muslim Persecution of Christians: February, 2012
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Muslim Persecution of Christians: February, 2012

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Half of Iraq’s indigenous Christians are gone due to the unleashed forces of jihad, many of them fleeing to nearby Syria; yet, as the Assad regime comes under attack by al-Qaeda and others, the jihad now seeps into Syria, where Christians are experiencing a level of persecution unprecedented in the nation’s modern history. Likewise, some […]

Muslim Persecution of Christians: November 2011
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Muslim Persecution of Christians: November 2011

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The so-called “Arab Spring” continues to transition into a “Christian Winter,” including in those nations undergoing democratic change, such as Egypt, where the Muslim Brotherhood and the Salafis dominated the elections—unsurprisingly so, considering the Obama administration has actually been training Islamists for elections. Arab regimes not overthrown by the “Arab Spring” are under mounting international […]

The Church: Hope for the Hopeless
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The Church: Hope for the Hopeless

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“The Church is a place of refuge and a sign of hope for the people.” With these words, a bishop in East Congo drew attention to the growing significance of the Church in this crisis region. Vincent de Paul Kwanga Njubu, Bishop of Manono in the south-east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo made […]

Muslim Persecution of Christians: October, 2011
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Muslim Persecution of Christians: October, 2011

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Egypt’s Maspero massacre—where the military killed dozens of Christians protesting the destruction of their churches—dominates October’s persecution headlines. Facts and details concerning the military’s “crimes against humanity” are documented in this report, and include videos of armored-vehicles running over civilians, a catalog of lies and deceitful tactics employed by Egypt’s rulers and state media, and […]

Iraqi Christians Live Between Fear and Hope
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Iraqi Christians Live Between Fear and Hope

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A year after the attack which left 58 Christians dead in Baghdad, the faithful in Iraq’s capital city continue to be scared of fresh violence. “Living in Iraq means living in fear. There’s no feeling safe and during the last two or three weeks the situation has got worse, because of tensions among political parties,” […]

Gerson Blows Whistle on Obama's Anti-Catholic Policy -- Time to Step Up
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Gerson Blows Whistle on Obama’s Anti-Catholic Policy — Time to Step Up

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A faith removed from lived experience is no faith at all (James 2:14ff). Our faith concerns the totality of the human person, the shape of culture, with a commitment to building a “civilization of love.”  The political arena is a very specific place we are called to “go into the world” (Matt. 28:19). So it was […]

Pakistan: Christians Suffer Discrimination in Prisons
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Pakistan: Christians Suffer Discrimination in Prisons

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Christian prisoners in Pakistan’s jails are suffering severe discrimination, according to a local Catholic lawyer. Moazzam Aslam Bhatti reported his claims of anti-Christian prejudice to staff from Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), who are currently visiting projects which the Catholic charity is supporting in the country. Mr. Bhatti said that Christians are marginalized […]

Top Muslim Declares All Christians 'Infidels'
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Top Muslim Declares All Christians ‘Infidels’

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To what extent was Egypt’s Maspero massacre, wherein the military literally mowed down Christian Copts protesting the ongoing destruction of their churches, a product of anti-Christian sentiment? A video of Egypt’s Grand Mufti, Sheikh Ali Gomaa (or Gom’a), which began circulating weeks before the massacre, helps elucidate. While holding that Muslims may coexist with Christians […]

Egypt – Christian Experience the Worst in Centuries
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Egypt – Christian Experience the Worst in Centuries

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According to a local Coptic leader in Egypt, “Christians are currently experiencing their worst time in recent centuries.” This statement was made by the Coptic Orthodox Bishop Stephanos of Beba and Elfashn to international Catholic pastoral charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN). As he described, Christians are being violently killed under the eyes […]

Activist Claims Crosses at Catholic U. are Sign of ‘Malice’ Towards Muslims
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Activist Claims Crosses at Catholic U. are Sign of ‘Malice’ Towards Muslims

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A DC-area legal activist has filed a federal human rights complaint against the Catholic University of America (CUA) for acting “probably with malice” against Muslim students for having Catholic imagery in all of its rooms that would hinder Muslim prayer – though the school says it has never heard a complaint from the students themselves. […]

The Arab Spring's Forgotten Freedom
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The Arab Spring’s Forgotten Freedom

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For at least one group of Middle-Easterners, the Arab Spring is turning out to be a decidedly wintery affair. And if confirmation was ever needed, just consider the escalation of naked violence against Christians throughout the region. The recent instance of Egyptian army vehicles crushing and killing Coptic Christians protesting against a church burning was […]

The Persecution Has Begun
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The Persecution Has Begun

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“What the Catholic Church in the United States really needs to stiffen its backbone is a good persecution.” How often, I wonder, have I heard somebody say something like that? How often have I said something like it myself? Be careful what you ask for—you may get it. The persecution of religion in America has […]

Muslim Persecution of Christians: September, 2011
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Muslim Persecution of Christians: September, 2011

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An especially busy month in the persecution of Christians in the Muslim world, September also witnessed Secretary of State Hillary Clinton release the Annual Report on International Religious Freedom. Ironically, aside from Iran and Sudan, none of the countries that habitually appear in this series were designated as “countries of particular concern,” defined by the […]

Islam's History of Forced Conversions
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Islam’s History of Forced Conversions

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Finding and connecting similar patterns of behavior throughout Islamic history is one of the most objective ways of determining whether something is or is not part of Muslim civilization. Consider the issue of forced conversion in Islam, a phenomenon that has a long history with ample precedents. Indeed, from its inception, most of those who […]

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