Adelaide Mena

Adelaide Mena

Articles by Adelaide Mena

Worldwide protests push for human, religious rights in Iran

Jun 14, 2013 / 13:34 pm

Grassroots activists gathered at the Iranian Embassies across the world on June 13 to protest human rights violations in Iran, particularly the imprisonment of American citizen, Pastor Saeed Abedini.

Catholic groups slam Pelosi's claim that abortion is 'sacred ground'

Jun 14, 2013 / 12:16 pm

Prominent Catholics and members of the pro-life movement denounced statements by House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi that as a Catholic, she views the protection of late-term abortion as “sacred ground.”

Global religious freedom law is ineffective, panel says

Jun 13, 2013 / 16:32 pm

Speaking before a congressional subcommittee, religious liberty experts warned that a U.S. law passed 15 years ago to promote international religious freedom needs stronger enforcement.  

Lawmaker calls for concrete action to fight modern slave trade

Jun 12, 2013 / 16:04 pm

A U.S. congressman urged the international community to train transportation employees to identify and fight human trafficking situations, as well as to establish a hotline for trafficking victims.

IRS scandals raise doubts over HHS mandate judgment

Jun 11, 2013 / 16:34 pm

The targeting of conservative, pro-life and religious non-profits by the Internal Revenue Service is drawing concern over the agency’s authority to decide exemptions to the HHS mandate.

Critics decry decision to remove age limits for Plan B

Jun 11, 2013 / 13:07 pm

Citing the health and wellbeing of young girls, critics slammed the Obama administration’s decision to allow children of any age to purchase “emergency contraception” over-the-counter.

Gosnell case adds urgency to pro-life efforts, say legislators

Jun 7, 2013 / 17:31 pm

Pro-life lawmakers said at a recent event that legislative efforts to fight criminal activity and fraud in the abortion industry have a renewed importance in light of the recent Gosnell trial.

New pro-life coalition aims to 'Stop the Gosnells'

Jun 6, 2013 / 16:06 pm

A new group of pro-life organization across the country is working to expose and fight abuses such as infanticide and health violations in later-term abortion clinics.

US dioceses prepare for second Fortnight for Freedom

Jun 5, 2013 / 16:03 pm

Dioceses across the country are preparing for the upcoming Fortnight for Freedom – now in its second year – by organizing a variety of prayer and educational activities with a religious liberty theme.

Jesuit priest appointed to lead US bishops' doctrinal office

Jun 5, 2013 / 01:04 am

Fr. Peter Ryan, a Jesuit priest known for his defense of Church teaching, is slated to step up in August as the executive director of the U.S. Bishops' Secretariat of Doctrine and Canonical Affairs.

Professor says religion, private life are public concerns

Jun 4, 2013 / 16:01 pm

In a talk at the nation's capital, a U.S. scholar argued that so-called private entities – such as the family, religion and interpersonal interactions – involve and are in fact the core of public society.

Religious liberty is 'endangered,' warns Hispanic Christian leader

Jun 3, 2013 / 16:28 pm

Current threats to religious freedom in the United States demand that people of faith speak out in defense of their fundamental rights, said Rev. Samuel Rodriguez.

Political scholar says religious freedom unites society

Jun 1, 2013 / 15:12 pm

Through respect and healthy debate, society can find a balance in respecting the rule of law while accommodating the religious beliefs of different groups, said political scientist William Galston.

Religious freedom leader says threats in US are real

May 31, 2013 / 15:42 pm

The head of a federal commission that promotes religious liberty warned that while threats to religious freedom in the U.S. are not violent, they still pose a serious ‘moral test’ for the country.

Targeting of crisis pregnancy centers draws sharp criticism

May 31, 2013 / 01:02 am

A bill introduced in congress allowing the Federal Trade Commission to investigate crisis pregnancy centers has sparked a fiery reaction that abortion clinics warrant far greater scrutiny.

Study documents abortion's global health threat to women

May 30, 2013 / 23:02 pm

A new study released during the 66th annual World Health Assembly identified and exposed what it claimed to be the harmful and often overlooked impact that abortion has on women's health.

Religious differences compatible with freedom, Jewish leader says

May 30, 2013 / 17:12 pm

True religious liberty does not require religious individuals to minimize differences in the tenets of their faith, said Jewish Rabbi Meir Soloveichik.

Church in northern Arabia longs for 'place to worship'

May 30, 2013 / 03:05 am

As he oversees the missionary territory of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and Bahrain, apostolic vicar Camillo Ballin outlined Catholics' need for religious toleration as well as a physical home for ministry.

Holy See decries intolerance 'in the name of tolerance'

May 29, 2013 / 16:48 pm

A statement from the Holy See warned that prejudice against Christianity is growing in Europe, often under the guise of “tolerance.”

Iranian government arrests Christian pastor, closes church

May 28, 2013 / 16:46 pm

The pastor of a Pentecostal church in Iran was arrested last week during a religious service, and the church has now been closed by government officials, according to news reports.