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Bishop condemns acts of torture detailed in damning Senate report

Dec 10, 2014

By Matt Hadro

Beatings. Sleep deprivation. Death by hypothermia. Isolation. A Senate report released Tuesday exposed a dark underbelly of the CIA’s Detention... Read more

Pope Francis speaks to journalists on the papal plane on his way to Strasbourg, France, Nov. 25, 2014.

Is dialogue with terrorists a lost cause? Pope Francis says no

Nov 25, 2014

By Elise Harris, Alan Holdren

Speaking to journalists in-flight on his way back from Strasbourg, Pope Francis touched on dialogue with extremist terrorists – saying... Read more

Sleeping Baby, by Vera Kratochvil (CC0 1.0).

UK pro-lifers throw rare legal punch against sex-selective abortion

Nov 12, 2014

By Adelaide Mena

Claiming that the government has turned a blind eye to sex-selective abortions, British pro-life activists are launching a rare private... Read more

Judges of the European Court of Human Rights.

Pro-euthanasia ruling axed due to plaintiff's secret suicide

Oct 1, 2014

A woman’s lawsuit aiming to change European law on assisted suicide has been thrown out after revelations that she had... Read more

JuiEn Cross.

Chinese leaders intensify push for 'national' Christianity

Aug 15, 2014

By Hillary Mast

The Chinese government recently announced that it will increase its efforts to promote and develop a national brand of Christian... Read more

Wedding Rings.

Human rights court: Europe cannot be forced to redefine marriage

Jul 18, 2014

By Adelaide Mena

The European Court of Human Rights ruled that the refusal to recognize same-sex “marriages” does not violate the European Convention... Read more

Bishops hold Mass and procession on US border in support of immigration reform.

Surge of 'desperate' migrant children leaves needs unmet

Jul 3, 2014

By Matt Hadro

As a wave of unaccompanied children adds to the already large numbers of immigrants entering the United States, humanitarian groups... Read more

Zhang Ruli (L) and Zhang Anni (R) speak with CNA on May 5, 2014

China's youngest detainee decries torture of father

May 8, 2014

By Elise Harris

Dubbed as “China’s youngest prisoner of conscience,” Zhang Anni and her sister Ruli have voiced their opposition to the government’s... Read more

Former Governor Sarah Palin of Alaska speaking at CPAC 2014 in National Harbor, Maryland, March 8, 2014.

Sarah Palin rebuked for comparing waterboarding to baptism

May 1, 2014

Catholics and other Christians have criticized Sarah Palin’s recent comments comparing waterboarding to baptism, calling them disrespectful, irreverent, and even... Read more

Participants at the opening of the plenary meeting of the World Health Assembly on May 19, 2009.

Lawyers warn of global push for 'gender identity' language

Apr 9, 2014

Attorneys working for human rights at the United Nations and other global organizations note a growing trend to introduce “sexual... Read more

Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett speaks at a press conference Dec 6, 2012.

Religious freedom essential for global human rights, panel says

Mar 4, 2014

By Adelaide Mena

Experts at a recent panel talk in Washington, D.C., suggested that while religious freedom has become a respectable component of... Read more

Reggie Littlejohn meets Pope Francis during the 2013 MaterCare International Conference in Rome

Women's rights activist among 'Top 10' of Vatican magazine

Feb 6, 2014

By Elise Harris

Reggie Littlejohn, known for her work opposing forced abortion and gendercide in China, has been named as one of “Inside... Read more

Anti-government protestors stand in Independence Square Jan. 28, 2014 in Kiev, Ukraine.

Ukraine protests seek to defend human rights, bishop reflects

Jan 29, 2014

A leading Ukrainian Greek Catholic bishop has denounced the “brutality” of government crackdowns on protests in the Ukraine, while urging... Read more

Vatican launches global campaign to fight 'scandal' of hunger

Dec 10, 2013

By Elise Harris

Caritas International has initiated their first global campaign to eradicate hunger, promoting the basic human right to food, and encouraging... Read more

Flag of China.

Reports of a more lax one-child policy in China 'misleading'

Nov 15, 2013

By Kevin J. Jones

Recent news that the Chinese government is easing its one child policy is “very misleading” because they do not address... Read more

Chen Guangcheng announces his new Catholic University of America fellowship on October 2, 2013.

Chinese pro-life activist awarded human rights fellowships

Oct 2, 2013

By Adelaide Mena

Chinese pro-life activist Chen Guangcheng has announced a new three-year partnership with the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.,... Read more

Reggie Littlejohn meets Pope Francis during the 2013 MaterCare International Conference in Rome.

One-child policy still a massive threat to women, expert warns

Sep 25, 2013

By Elise Harris

In wake of the 33rd anniversary of China's one-child policy, a women's rights activist has raised concern about those who... Read more


Spanish government criticized for silence on Asia Bibi

Aug 7, 2013

The Spanish civil liberties website MasLibres is criticizing the Spanish government for failing to advocate on behalf of Asia Bibi,... Read more

Rep. Frank R. Wolf, (R-Virginia).

Vietnam president's visit shines spotlight on human rights

Jul 12, 2013

By Adelaide Mena

As the leaders of the United States and Vietnam prepare to meet, one federal lawmaker is calling for stronger efforts... Read more

Archbishop Jose H. Gomez. (File photo/CNA).

Be not afraid of immigrants, Archbishop Gomez encourages

Jun 28, 2013

By Carl Bunderson

In a new book marking Independence Day, the archbishop of Los Angeles addresses immigration reform in the context of the... Read more