- Dec 10, 2019
Church leaders in Nigeria are calling on the government to do more to stop the ongoing conflict in the north of the country. One local bishop said there is “a deliberate policy of injustice designed to shut our people out from the scheme of things and deny us our rights.”
Bishop Oscar Cantu of Las Cruces, New Mexico, said he will advocate differently for Iraqi religious minorities with options other than the setting up of a safe corridor to leave the country. “We have to live in a secure but integrated community where Chaldean Catholics, Syriac Catholics, Sunni Muslims, etc., have relationships with each other,” he said.
The current regime in North Korea allows for Christmas displays but only if void of any religious significance, because it views foreign faiths as a very real threat. The country used to have a flourishing Catholic community once, but it has all but disappeared and today there are almost no practicing Christians left.
Pope Francis has chosen as cardinal an 88-year-old Albanian priest who for 28 years suffered appallingly for his refusal to renounce his faith.
Seventeen years ago, Father David Bedrossian had to flee Syria, leaving his home, his brothers and sisters and his parishioners. Since leaving, six of his family members were killed and his beloved church was ransacked. He now works at a parish in Los Angeles, where he welcomes refugees escaping the country he left behind.
Activists and leaders gathered for an early September conference in Washington organized by “In Defense of Christians” said they intended to press for the establishment of a province, or safe zone, for indigenous Christians and other minorities of the Ninevah Plain region in Iraq.