Category: International Issues

Syrian Bishop Cries Out: 'Help My People Stay'
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Syrian Bishop Cries Out: ‘Help My People Stay’

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“We are strong in our faith, rooted in our history. We have been here for 2000 years. We refuse to go!” Iraq and Syria are in turmoil. In Iraq, Islamic radicals of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) are threatening to plunge the country back into civil war. In Syria, a ruthless regime […]

What You Need To Know About ISIS Right Now: A Primer
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What You Need To Know About ISIS Right Now: A Primer

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It’s a sad fact that ISIS has become part of our vocabulary, but many of us still don’t know a lot about this terrorist movement. At Aleteia, news editor John Burger spent time with some people knowledgeable abaout this group, and created a top 10 list. Burger spoke to Father Elias D. Mallon, external Affairs […]

Iraq's Christians Facing a Human Catastrophe
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Iraq’s Christians Facing a Human Catastrophe

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“They are facing a human catastrophe and risk a real genocide. They need, water, food, shelter…” These were the words of the leader of Iraq’s biggest Catholic community as he made an impassioned plea for help to the international community following the fall of Iraq’s largest Christian town on the night of August 6th-7th. In […]

The Great War at 100
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The Great War at 100

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The lamps are lit again and Europe is at peace; but it is the peace of senescence.

Why Population Control is Bad Foreign Policy
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Why Population Control is Bad Foreign Policy

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Anne Roback Morse also contributed to this article. The language of the e-mails is hyperbolic and hate-filled. They come from population control groups that are indignant about the House of Representatives Billwhich would re-institute the Mexico City Policy. They call it a “Mean-spirited, anti-women agenda.” And they say it’s “Playing ping-pong politics with women’s lives,” “Out of […]

Targeted intimidation: First attack on Catholic nuns in Bangladesh
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Targeted intimidation: First attack on Catholic nuns in Bangladesh

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For the first time, Catholic nuns have been the target of a concerted, brutal attack in Bangladesh involving a late-night attack by dozens of men that lasted over an hour. “50 to 60 armed men attacked the Boldipukur mission on July 7 at 2 a.m., and specifically the presbytery, the convent and the hospital,” Bishop […]

Iraq: "We Fear a Civil War"
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Iraq: “We Fear a Civil War”

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“We fear a civil war. If the various different opposing internal parties do not succeed in finding an agreement, then we must expect the worst. Another war would mean the end, especially for us Christians.” This was the message from Chaldean Auxiliary Bishop Saad Syroub of Baghdad, speaking to Catholic charity Aid to the Church […]

Vladimir the Inscrutable: Shall We Savage or Salute Putin?
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Vladimir the Inscrutable: Shall We Savage or Salute Putin?

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[Editor's note: we know that there are very strong opinions on the other side and we are willing to publish the contrary view] Diversionary foreign policy, and/or wars intended for diversion, are old tactics instigated by governments to distract people from domestic problems.  Recent Western policy in promoting the overthrow of the elected Ukrainian President, […]

UN Official Says Catholic Teaching on Abortion May be a Form of ‘Torture’
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UN Official Says Catholic Teaching on Abortion May be a Form of ‘Torture’

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During hearings that one participant described as “surreal,” United Nations representatives this week suggested that the Catholic Church’s opposition to abortion in the case of rape and incest constitute a violation of the UN Charter Against Torture. The Vatican was called before a two-day hearing in Geneva so a UN committee could question whether its […]

Earth Day 2014: Chinese Conundrum
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Earth Day 2014: Chinese Conundrum

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Several years ago, in 2007, I wrote an account of my visit to Shanghai which focused, primarily, on the city’s and China’s astounding economic boom, then achieving 11 percent growth in GDP for the third straight quarter. This torrid pace has throttled back a bit to 7.4 percent. I noted that, with the economic growth, “A lot of pollution […]

The Koreas at Night, 30 January 2014
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Always Earth Hour

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Earth Hour: dumbest idea ever?

Prayers for Malaysian Airlines Flight 370
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The Disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370

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If this was a hijacking, time is critical.

Kidnapped Nuns Set Free in Syria
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Kidnapped Nuns Set Free in Syria

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Twelve nuns kidnapped by jihadists in Syria last December were set free yesterday (Sunday, March 9th). Patriarch Gregorios III, head of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church, broke the news to a team from Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), who had just arrived in Lebanon to visit projects supporting refugees from Syria. The Damascus-based […]

Winter Games in a Wintering Nation
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Winter Games in a Wintering Nation

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Reports of terrorist threats, human rights abuses, and general economic incompetency have already marred the opening of the 2014 winter Olympics. These failings in Russia represent the face of the greatest myth propagated this past half-century: that low-fertility creates a successful society. Population controllers lure countries into population control programs with the promise of nice […]

Globe
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Climate Change Deliberation

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We are asked to ignore the simplest hypothesis that the earth’s climate is ever changing.

Building the Wall in the Holy Land
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Building the Wall in the Holy Land

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A local Catholic expressed his hopes and concerns regarding the proposed building of a wall in the Holy Land that could result in Christian families losing their homes. Speaking on Monday, Jan. 27, with international Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), Auxiliary Bishop William Shomali of the Latin Patriarchate in Jerusalem hopes […]

Ukraine: Bishop Denounces Violence Against Protestors
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Ukraine: Bishop Denounces Violence Against Protestors

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According to a local bishop, the “brutal” crackdown on demonstrators in Ukraine is acting as a recruitment agent for the protest movement. “It is hard to imagine a more prayerful [protest] in 21st century Europe,” says Bishop Gudziak,describing the country as being engaged “in a battle for dignity.” Bishop Borys Gudziak, Eparch of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic […]

Kenyans Defeat Western Effort to Expand Abortion
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Kenyans Defeat Western Effort to Expand Abortion

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Rebecca Oas, Ph.D also contributed to this article. When Kenyans voted on a new constitution in 2010, a massive publicity campaign – heavily funded by the Obama administration – assured voters it would not legalize abortion. In fact, “Life begins at conception” is in the constitution. But the Constitution also allowed abortion in certain circumstances. […]

Appeal from Syria's Catholic Leader Ahead of Geneva Peace Conference
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Appeal from Syria’s Catholic Leader Ahead of Geneva Peace Conference

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The leader of Catholics in Syria has issued an urgent appeal to the faithful in Syria, and people throughout the world, to pray for the success of this week’s Geneva II peace conference to be held in Montreux, Switzerland. Damascus-based Melkite Greek Catholic Patriarch Gregorios III has called on every Syrian Catholic, whatever their circumstances, […]

Why the Baby Kidnapper Shouldn’t Die
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Why the Baby Kidnapper Shouldn’t Die

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An obstetrician in the Shaanxi province of China was sentenced to death for child trafficking this week. The 55 year old woman repeatedly told her patients that their new born infant was either deformed or sick. She persuaded the new parents to give up their children for adoption. Instead of adoption, however, the infants were sold to […]

Daily Hardship for Christians in Egypt
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Daily Hardship for Christians in Egypt

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Life is not easy for Christians in Egypt, and the strain is taking its toll. Beyond the reports of churches burned and homes attacked, there is also a more subtle hardship affecting ordinary families. While not universal, mistreatment and discrimination are unfortunately all too common. “Every day we leave our house, not knowing what will […]

Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium, The Joy of the Gospel
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Pope Francis: Espousing a Peronist or Marxist Liberation Theology?

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The role of the laity will be crucial.

Mt. Sinai, Egypt, Camel in Snow, 13 December 2013
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Remember Global Warming

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And Greens are getting rich.

Controlling Women’s Desires in Kenya
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Controlling Women’s Desires in Kenya

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The Kenyan government recently outlined a new brand of coercive population control. Unlike China’s policy which uses coercion to control the number of births, Kenya is trying to control population earlier in the reproductive process by changing women’s desires to have children. In the early 1980’s, the average woman in Kenya had 8 children. In […]

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