- Jun 21, 2021
Rosario Livatino, 37 at the time of his death, will become the first Italian anti-mafia judge to be beatified, following in the footsteps of Father Giuseppe “Pino” Puglisi, the country’s best known anti-mafia priest, who was killed in 1993 and beatified shortly after Pope Francis’s election in 2013.
Nicaragua’s bishops are urging prayers for peace after the regime’s latest salvo in its war against the Catholic Church. The government of Daniel Ortega is cancelling the visas of foreign priests and closing Church formation centers.
Britain marked the one-year anniversary of the publication of groundbreaking report on the persecution of Christians by announcing the first wave of designations under the UK’s new sanctions regime for those involved in religious persecution.
Politicians around the world have called for a United Nations probe into a Chinese government birth control campaign targeting largely Muslim minorities in the far western region of Xinjiang, even as Beijing said it treats all ethnicities equally under the law.
A Nigerian priest is calling on Western nations to defend Christians in Nigeria.
As the world recognizes the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazis’ infamous Auschwitz concentration camp, the vows of “never again” after the Holocaust’s horrors became known threaten to be swallowed up by religious persecution against Christians, Muslims and other groups, said panelists at a Feb. 5 forum at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.
In fighting religious persecution as in any other walk of life, the trick is paying attention to the little things, so the big things will take care of themselves.
Bishop Robert P. Deeley of Portland Maine, called for the country to continue working to end “any form of religious prejudice” during a New Year’s Day Mass.