Synod: Young Indonesian auditor brings unique perspective

Synod: Young Indonesian auditor brings unique perspective

Vatican News—30-year-old Anastasia Indrawan comes from Indonesia and is a member of the Youth Commission of Indonesian Bishops’ Conference. She brings a unique perspective to the Synod of Bishops because she is among the Catholic minority in her country. Anastasia spoke with Devin Watkins about this experience. No need to be afraid of young people…
Islamic radicals against parish charity work in Yogyakarta

Islamic radicals against parish charity work in Yogyakarta

Earlier this year, but not an isolated incident, the ongoing persecution of Catholic and other Christians who try to alleviate the suffering of others, in Indonesia, regardless of religion, demands our ongoing prayers. The following news story captures the reality of the situation well.  Jakarta (AsiaNews) – Groups of hard-line Muslims have been protesting the…
Christian filmmakers threatened with fines and jail time for refusing to cover same sex weddings

Christian filmmakers threatened with fines and jail time for refusing to cover same sex weddings

Facing the threat of heavy fines and up to 90 days in prison, two Christian filmmakers appeared in court tomorrow to stop Minnesota from forcing them to produce and create films supporting same sex marriage. Filmmakers Carl and Angel Larsen assert that doing so would violate their religious beliefs. Jeremy Tedesco – Senior Counsel at Alliance Defending Freedom – believes the…
U.S. Supreme Court rulings on “Compelled Speech”

U.S. Supreme Court rulings on “Compelled Speech”

ADF—We all know that the First Amendment protects us from censorship of what we say, but we often don’t think about the flipside. Our constitutionally protected freedom of speech also means that no one can force us to say things we do not want to say—especially things that violate our deepest beliefs. Forced or “compelled…
Meet our Seven Newly Canonized Saints

Meet our Seven Newly Canonized Saints

CNA—Below are brief biographies on the lives of each of the seven new saints canonized by Pope Francis Sunday, as well as photos of each saint’s banner currently on display at the Vatican. Blessed Pope Paul VI Born Giovanni Battista Montini in 1897 and ordained a priest in 1920, he did graduate studies in literature,…
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