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Religious Freedom


The Hong Konger brings Catholic freedom hero Jimmy Lai to cinemas
FILM

The Hong Konger brings Catholic freedom hero Jimmy Lai to cinemas

Robert Sirico, co-founder of the Acton Institute recently presented the documentary The Hong Konger in Rome. The film recounts the story of Jimmy Lai, persecuted dissident, Catholic, former Hong Kong publishing magnate. And there is no hiding the disappointment with the Vatican's soft power towards China’s communist regime.


US bishops versus Biden's rainbow measures
THE 'DEVOUT' PRESIDENT

US bishops versus Biden's rainbow measures

The US Conference of Catholic Bishops has reacted strongly to Biden’s regulation limiting subsidies for failure to conform to transgender ideology in social and charitable services. It puts religious freedom at risk.


Woelki targeted by media, bishops and now the police
GERMANY

Woelki targeted by media, bishops and now the police

The Cardinal of Cologne is not only under 'friendly' fire from his confreres for his non-alignment to the Synodaler Weg. He is now also targeted by investigators, who suspect him of perjury. All under the gaze of media cameras.


Nicaragua, bishop Álvarez’s slow martyrdom in Ortega’s prison
PERSECUTION

Nicaragua, bishop Álvarez’s slow martyrdom in Ortega’s prison

The decision not to abandon his people and not to kowtow to the dictator Ortega, has cost the bishop of Matagalpa a long prison sentence in the most inhumane conditions in a maximum security prison. But, there is international silence on his imprisonment during the last four months.


Ireland: Catholic school stops state transgenderism
THE REACTION

Ireland: Catholic school stops state transgenderism

Children's Minister O'Gorman wants 5-year-olds taught what it means to be trans. The Catholic Primary Schools Management Association - which represents 89% of Irish primary schools - says "no".


"Forbidden to talk about Jesus": shock proposal in Israel
HOLY LAND

"Forbidden to talk about Jesus": shock proposal in Israel

An extreme right-wing Jewish party, in government, has proposed an anti-conversion law that specifically targets Christian missions. Immediate international protests, especially from the USA. Netanyahu promises to block it. But incidents of violence against Christians are growing.


Lineker-BBC dispute, freedom in the West is a farce
UNITED KINGDOM

Lineker-BBC dispute, freedom in the West is a farce

A ferocious tweet against the government on the issue of irregular immigration created a clash between a sports presenter and the BBC on freedom of speech, with a resounding victory for the former. But while newspapers and TV focused on this case, freedom of speech and thought was really taken away from those who fight to save children's lives and help mothers in need...


Thanks to the FBI, Catholics discover their role in resistance
UNITED STATES

Thanks to the FBI, Catholics discover their role in resistance

The "confidential" document of the American Federal Police which considers anyone who follows the Mass in the old rite and prays the Rosary "dangerous extremists" has worked to galvanise them. Now they know they are the true soldiers on the front line in the fight against the terrorism practiced by the very state bodies once the government of the United States.


Taiwanese minister: "China persecutes Christians, even after Vatican agreement"
INTERVIEW/JOSEPH WU

Taiwanese minister: "China persecutes Christians, even after Vatican agreement"

"Not only the Vatican but the entire international community must think about religious freedom in China," says Taiwanese Foreign Minister Jaushieh Joseph Wu in this exclusive interview for the Daily Compass. There is no sign the Vatican wants to break off relations with Taiwan. And the matter of religious freedom in China is a very serious issue because persecution continues, despite the agreement between Beijing and the Vatican.


Femen sacrilege in church: for ECHR is freedom of expression
SHOCK RULING

Femen sacrilege in church: for ECHR is freedom of expression

In Bouton v. France, the European Court of Human Rights unanimously ruled that the sacrilege committed by a Femen activist on 20 December 2013 falls under "freedom of expression". The woman, bare-breasted, in front of the tabernacle of the church of St Magdalene in Paris, simulated aborting Jesus and urinated. It’s the latest attack against the Catholic faith, justified on absurd grounds.


Irish teacher challenges LGBT  "war on pronouns"
THE CASE OF ENOCH BURKE

Irish teacher challenges LGBT "war on pronouns"

A Church of Ireland school teacher who refused to use gender neutral pronouns for a transgender student and went to school despite a court induction, has been jailed. "Religious freedom violated". The case will go to the High Court.


The Spanish government declares war on Crosses
LAICISM

The Spanish government declares war on Crosses

The new law on Democratic Memory also targets the tallest cross in the world, located in Valle de los Caidos, from which Francisco Franco's body was also moved three years ago. The Benedictine monks will also have to leave, to turn the place into a democratic symbol. But this is only part of a war on all crosses in Spain. Protests from the bishops.