• 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

  • Francis strives to give peace a chance in battle-worn Bosnia

    • Jun 6, 2015

    If any place on earth, and certainly any place in Europe, can be said to need a “Pope Francis effect” in terms of promoting peace and healing, it’s undoubtedly Bosnia-Herzegovina. Bosnia today is a country of 3.8 million people with the highest youth unemployment rate in the world, as well