- Jun 5, 2020
Eritrea under President Isaias Afwerki is an old-style secular police state that tolerates religion when it’s perceived to be socially useful, but that represses it if it ever becomes a threat.
With global religious persecution increasingly thrust into the international spotlight, members of several Christian communities suffering violence and discrimination have said promises are no longer enough, but action is needed from governing authorities.
A Presidential Commission to investigate the Church’s sexual abuse scandals could be an alternative to a welter of secretive and sometimes politically driven grand juries.
British ambassador to the Holy See Sally Axworthy, an avid supporter of women in leadership, has said she believes the Vatican is making progress on the issue and finds the Catholic Church, particularly women religious, to be a key partner in fighting plagues such as slavery and human trafficking.