• Four years later, memories of 2011 massacre still haunt Egypt’s Christians

    • Jun 24, 2015

    CAIRO, Egypt — Andraous Oweida, a 44-year-old construction worker and father of two, has vivid memories of the night of Oct. 9, 2011, when the Egyptian army assaulted a massive crowd of Christian protestors in the Maspero neighborhood of Cairo, killing 22 people and leaving dozens severely wounded. Oweida was

  • Francis talks women, clericalism, and Catholic-on-Catholic fights

    • Jun 12, 2015

    ROME — In an off-the-cuff Q&A Friday, Pope Francis urged priests to avoid clericalism and hypocrisy, said the value of women in the Church reflects Mary’s greater importance than Jesus’ apostles, and shrugged off tensions that pit Catholics against one another by joking that the only place with no arguments

  • The personal stories of Christianity’s new martyrs

    • May 31, 2015

    BOGOTÁ, Colombia — Anti-Christian persecution is unquestionably a premier human rights challenge in the early 21st century. It’s happening not just in the Middle East but around the world, including nations where Christians are a strong majority. Compassionate concern over that stark reality should not short-circuit legitimate debate over the