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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.

GQ magazine names pro-life activist 'Rebel of the Year'

Nov 29, 2012 - 12:04 am .- A secular men's magazine has praised Chinese anti-abortion advocate Chen Guangcheng in its December 2012 issue, placing him on the list of “Man of the Year.”

Spanish group calls for bolstering of disabled children's rights

Nov 21, 2012 - 04:02 pm .- On Universal Children's Day marked worldwide on Nov. 20, the organization Down Spain called for increased protection of the rights of children with Down's Syndrome.

Catholic couple's 'apostolic hobby' assists 1,400 Chinese orphans

Oct 25, 2012 - 12:02 pm .- For the past decade and a half, an American couple living in China have cited total reliance on God as the source of their success in giving aid to hundreds of medically-fragile orphans.

Dutch leaders urged to investigate child trafficking case

Oct 7, 2012 - 06:04 pm .- Witnesses at an Oct. 4 Helsinki Commission briefing called for increased pressure on the Dutch government to look into numerous sexual abuse accusations against a high ranking government official.

House passes bill to promote human rights in Vietnam

Sep 19, 2012 - 12:09 am .- A bill to encourage freedom and respect for human rights, including religious liberty, in communist-run Vietnam was approved by the U.S. House of Representatives on Sept. 11.

Advocate says disabled have right to live, experience God's love

Aug 7, 2012 - 12:03 pm .- In response to societal discrimination against those with disabilities, a blind Spanish advocate says people with handicaps have the right to live and encounter the love of God and others.

Two more Iranian pastors imprisoned for Christian faith

Aug 7, 2012 - 11:45 am .- Two Christian pastors in Iran have been put in prison and are “facing grave danger” due to their faith, said the leader of a Washington, D.C.-based law center that advocates global religious freedom.

Christian film aims to curb human trafficking in India

Aug 4, 2012 - 07:13 am .- A group of independent film makers is using media to put an end to the epidemic of human trafficking that has plagued India's “untouchables” for centuries.

Congressional leaders support Chinese pro-life activist

Aug 3, 2012 - 04:07 am .- Bipartisan leaders of Congress came together in the nation’s capital on Aug. 1 to meet with and offer their support to Chinese pro-life activist Chen Guangcheng.

Switzerland approves controversial pre-natal test for Down's Syndrome

Jul 31, 2012 - 04:05 pm .- The government of Switzerland has sparked controversy by legalizing a new prenatal test that detects the presence of Down’s Syndrome – a move that could lead to an increase of abortions in the country.

Slavery is 'alive and well' in India, pastor says

Jul 15, 2012 - 05:11 pm .- Even in contemporary culture, India's Dalits or “untouchables” face oppression and persecution akin to slavery, an American pastor involved in humanitarian work said.

Christianity changing lives of India's 'untouchables'

Jul 12, 2012 - 04:07 am .- A human rights group in India says Christianity has brought slow but lasting change to the country's Dalits or “untouchables,” especially for the community's women who are often victims of prostitution and human trafficking.

Congressman wants ambassador to Vietnam fired over human rights issues

Jul 12, 2012 - 12:07 am .- Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) has called for the firing of U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam David Shear, charging that he has marginalized human rights and religious freedom concerns.

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