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Vietnam president's visit shines spotlight on human rights

Jul 12, 2013 - 02:01 am .- As the leaders of the United States and Vietnam prepare to meet, one federal lawmaker is calling for stronger efforts to encourage respect for human rights in the Southeast Asian country.

Be not afraid of immigrants, Archbishop Gomez encourages

Jun 28, 2013 - 02:02 am .- In a new book marking Independence Day, the archbishop of Los Angeles addresses immigration reform in the context of the American Dream, seeking to stir the consciences of national Catholics.

Facing risk of death, Syrian priests remain faithful

Jun 26, 2013 - 04:02 am .- As civil war rages in Syria, priests are choosing to stay with their people and continue pastoring them, even as a monk was killed during a raid on a monastery in the north of the country on June 23.

LA archbishop says immigration tests America's identity

Jun 25, 2013 - 02:05 am .- The American Dream is at stake in the debate over immigration reform, Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles told a group of journalists, saying the issue provides a chance for the nation to renew its soul.

Zambian bishops encourage 'people-driven' constitution

Jun 13, 2013 - 02:01 am .- The Catholic bishops of Zambia have urged locals to be vigilant in calling for a new, “people-driven” constitution to help advance development in the country.

Britain urged to investigate murder of Irish human rights champion

May 16, 2013 - 02:13 am .- Witnesses and congressmen at a U.S. hearing renewed a call to the British government to launch a public inquiry into the 1989 murder of Northern Irish human rights leader Patrick Finucane.

Bangladesh tragedy sparks call for retail accountability

May 15, 2013 - 04:03 am .- After the collapse of a garment factory in Bangladesh which killed at least 1,127 workers, demands for better oversight from Western retailers as well as local manufacturers have been widespread.

Critics say Calif. infertility bill violates children's rights

May 1, 2013 - 02:07 am .- A California bill ensuring that health care coverage for infertility treatments would be provided to same-sex couples is a violation of the basic human right for a mother and a father, critics charge.

Murdered Guatemalan bishop remembered for peace efforts

Apr 30, 2013 - 01:12 pm .- During a Mass to commemorate the 15th anniversary of Bishop Juan Jose Gerardi’s death, Archbishop Oscar Julio Vian of Guatemala City recalled the late bishop as a “martyr of peace.”

Human rights include religious freedom, commission says

Apr 23, 2013 - 05:16 pm .- The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom has asked Secretary of State John Kerry to focus on religious liberty as a key human right during an upcoming U.N. Human Rights Council review.

Blind activist appeals to US over China's human rights abuses

Apr 11, 2013 - 04:34 pm .- Blind Chinese human rights activist and lawyer Chen Guangcheng criticized China for its human rights abuses and asked that the United States holds the foreign country responsible for its actions.

Anglican archbishop lands massive prize for peace efforts

Apr 5, 2013 - 02:05 am .- South African apartheid fighter Archbishop Desmond Tutu has been awarded the prestigious Templeton Prize in recognition of the Anglican churchman's work in advancing global peace.

UN harshly criticized for pushing abortion in Peru

Apr 2, 2013 - 04:20 pm .- Health and legal experts throughout Peru are denouncing a recent recommendation by the U.N. Human Rights Commission that the nation loosen its laws regarding abortion.  

Priest says modern slave trade rooted in abortion, contraception

Mar 3, 2013 - 04:03 pm .- Unprecedented rates of human trafficking can be traced to the rise of abortion, contraception and pornography in modern culture, says a Catholic priest who has researched the topic for nearly a decade.

Outcry over rape cases could mean change for India's women

Jan 19, 2013 - 04:01 pm .- Public admonishment of the brutal cases of gang rape in India could be the sign of changing views towards women in the world’s largest democracy, some experts say.

Legal reform emphasized during National Migration Week

Jan 8, 2013 - 12:03 am .- The U.S. bishops' migration committee is calling for prayer and action during National Migration Week to ease the struggles of immigrants coming to America.

Mexican cardinal warns of immigrants forced to transport drugs

Dec 17, 2012 - 03:02 pm .- A retired Mexican cardinal warned that drug traffickers are leveling death threats against immigrants from Central America to recruit them to carry drugs into the United States.

Cardinal says American Catholics should head battle for human rights

Dec 13, 2012 - 04:04 pm .- Cardinal Marc Ouellet, prefect of the Vatican's Congregation for Bishops, said the Catholics of America should be “on the front lines in the battle” for justice, peace and “authentic human rights.”

Vatican spokesman calls China's suspension of bishop 'serious'

Dec 11, 2012 - 03:56 pm .- The Chinese government has suspended a Catholic bishop who resigned from the government-run Catholic association, leading the Vatican's spokesman to describe the Holy See as deeply concerned.

New project allows Congress members to adopt conscience prisoners

Dec 11, 2012 - 02:06 am .- A new initiative in the nation’s capital invites members of Congress to “adopt” international prisoners of conscience to advocate for their release and to highlight the importance of human rights and religious liberty.

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