• Burundi bishops call for national dialogue to avert renewed civil war

    Burundi bishops call for national dialogue to avert renewed civil war

    • Sep 21, 2017

    Earlier this month, a United Nations inquiry claimed that crimes against humanity are being committed in Burundi. The report said killings, torture, sexual violence, degrading treatment, enforced disappearances and arbitrary arrests have been taking place since the controversial 2015 election. The bishops said in a statement, “We want to once again insist on the inclusive dialogue that must be prioritized for the greater interest of the nation and with a view to blocking the way to all those who choose the path of war.”

  • By expanding sainthood, Francis reflects new realities of anti-Christian violence

    By expanding sainthood, Francis reflects new realities of anti-Christian violence

    • Jul 12, 2017

    By creating a new pathway to sainthood for the “offer of life,” meaning giving up one’s life for others, Pope Francis in effect has short-circuited a longstanding debate about many victims of contemporary anti-Christian persecution, which is whether their deaths were strictly for religious motives, and thus in keeping with the traditional test for martyrdom of being killed “in odium fidei,” or “hatred of the faith.”

  • Burundi Catholics called ‘terrorists’ for opposing president’s third term

    Burundi Catholics called ‘terrorists’ for opposing president’s third term

    • Apr 21, 2016

    A serious breakdown between the powerful Catholic Church and the government in Burundi is raising concerns over stability in the East African nation, as senior government officials accuse the church of sponsoring violence. Since April 2015, the country has been racked by chaos after President Pierre Nkurunziza agreed to run for