Pope urges Catholic doctors to refuse abortions

U.S. House OKs religious liberty envoy

Sudanese Woman Faces Ordeal as Convert from Islam

Pro-Life Event At UN General Assembly | Turtle Bay and Beyond (UN Web TV)

Thought Policy Proposal Welcomed At European Parliament’s “Civil Liberties” Committee

Christian street preacher arrested in Scotland

B&B Christians suffer hate in name of tolerance, says writer

Assad regime says conflict has reached stalemate, plans to call for ceasefire

Gendercide in the Caucasus

Scotland: Church attacked for pro-marriage message – to itself

What About Jailed American Pastor, Supporters Ask, As Iran Frees Political Prisoners

Nigeria: Catholic Bishops Reject Anti-Life Laws

Pakistani Muslim Cites ‘Blasphemy’ in Slaughter of Christian Rival in Business

China: When will five-fold state-backed religious monopoly end?

    Forum 18: In a system established by China’s communist rulers in the 1950s, five state-backed religious headquarter bodies have an official monopoly over all legal religious activity in the country. Only Buddhist, Catholic (independent of the Vatican), Daoist, Islamic and Protestant Christian groups under these headquarter bodies can gain legal status. Yet while this monopoly is gradually being eroded, Forum 18 News Service notes that other religious communities wonder if, when and how the Chinese government will open up to allow any religious community that wants it to gain legal status.


  • Posted: 09/20/2013
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  • Category: Global: Religious Liberty
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Pope Blasts Abortion After Decrying Focus On Rules

Vote for Me Or Else: Islamists’ Latest Excuse to Kill Minorities

Lost in Translation: The Failure of the International Reproductive Rights Norm

“Putin takes on critics of Kremlin homophobia”

NI gay adoption case goes to UK Supreme Court

UK: Christians put B&B up for sale after death threats

With Mideast Christians in Peril, Administration’s Opposition to Special Envoy Post Called ‘Indefensible’

“Thailand May Lead Most of Asian-Pacific on Same-Sex Partners” | WSJ

Sweden: “Christian faith could ‘haunt’ minister: expert”

“Putin Says No Discrimination Of Gays In Russia”

Human Rights Violations in North Korea are “Large-Scale” and “Shocking”

Al-qaida Gunmen Seize Town In Northern Syria

More than 100,000 displaced by fighting in southern Philippines

Seminar at UN to push for pro-life, pro-family development efforts

Tasmanian Archbishop says no to women altar servers, gov’t minister says unlawful discrimination

    ABC.Net.AU: But Tasmania’s Anti-Discrimination Commissioner is suggesting the Archbishop’s position on women as alter servers may not comply with the Act . . . “There’s a defence that says a religious institution can discriminate on the basis of gender if it’s required by the doctrines of the religion,” Ms Banks said. “It gets down to the question of is it consistent with the doctrines of the religion to exclude people on the basis of gender. If it’s not then the exception wouldn’t apply.”


  • Posted: 09/19/2013
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  • Category: Featured
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Bishops Condemn Foreign Efforts To Legalize Abortion And Same-sex Marriage In Nigeria

Zanzibar: priest’s condition remains serious after acid attack

“Homophobia In Nigeria: The Dangers, The Law And The Reality [VIDEO]” | Int. Bus. Times

France moves to ban child beauty pageants

Australia: ‘Zoe’s law’ stalemate: women fearing abortion consequences fail to sway MP

Calls For Debate On Muslim Veil Mount In Britain

Many Countries Impose Restrictions On Muslim Veils

European bishops warned of growing restrictions on religion

UK: Senior MP says Christians forced to hide their faith

Egyptian authorities recapture Islamist-held town

British Judge Says Muslim Woman Must Remove Full-Face Veil For Her Testimony, But With Accommodations

Advocacy Group Cites Turkey Press Freedom Crisis

Egypt Muslim Brotherhood Spokesman Arrested

Scotland: Church hit over marriage notice in community hall

Tiptoeing around Islam and a ban on Muslim women wearing the veil

Muslim Herdsmen, Soldiers in Nigeria Kill Three Christians, Wound Mother

Australian Capital Territory to redefine marriage by end of year

“Christians urge overrule of gay marriage law”

Opposition Tories demand Manitoba define ‘bullying’ in new bill

India Gender Crisis: Mortality Rate for Girls 75% Higher Than Boys

Wide-ranging political and religious groups condemn Quebec’s values charter

Expert: 2% of Russia’s Population Aborted Every Year, Nation Falling Apart

British college drops Muslim veil ban amid outcry

Qatar Accuses Christian Parents of Harvesting Organs from Adopted African Daughter

UK: “Christians may take action over gender abortions”

Scotland: “Call for parental choice over gay marriage lessons”

Tanzania: Roman Catholic priest injured in Zanzibar acid attack

Clashes Erupt In Egypt As Islamists Stage Protests

Uzbekistan: Religious books “only allowed to be read within registered religious communities’ buildings”

Belarus: Imprisoned Catholic priest “Polish spy” or religious freedom victim?

Ireland: “Gay and unmarried adoption battle set for Supreme Court”

British Judge Allows Niquab At Arraignment Under Compromise Arrangement

China billionaire businessman detained for ‘dissent’

Chilean lawmakers establish day for unborn children

Since When Did Abortion Trump the Rule of Law? | Peter Smith at Bell Towers

‘A violation of the right to have a religion’: Montreal Archbishop slams Quebec’s proposed charter

Ontario tribunal bans Bible distribution unless school board also gives out atheist texts

German court rules Muslim girls must join swim classes

Nun Reveals Rebel Atrocities In Syria: Girl Dismembered Alive With Saw

U.S. Military Confirms Rebels Had Sarin

Christians in Egypt Targeted With Charges of ‘Religious Defamation’

Christian Widows in India Beaten for Refusing to ‘Reconvert’ to Hinduism

UK Decision to Allow Creation of Three-Parent Human Embryos is Problematic

US lawmakers examine gender imbalance in India

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood to Coptic Christians: Convert to Islam, or pay ‘jizya’ tax