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Young professional women walk along the street in Bangalore, India.

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

Public admonishment of the brutal cases of gang rape in India could be the sign of changing views towards women... Read more

Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles.

Legal reform emphasized during National Migration Week

The U.S. bishops' migration committee is calling for prayer and action during National Migration Week to ease the struggles of... Read more


Mexican cardinal warns of immigrants forced to transport drugs

A retired Mexican cardinal warned that drug traffickers are leveling death threats against immigrants from Central America to recruit them... Read more


Cardinal says American Catholics should head battle for human rights

Cardinal Marc Ouellet, prefect of the Vatican's Congregation for Bishops, said the Catholics of America should be “on the front... Read more

Fr. Federico Lombardi.

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

The Chinese government has suspended a Catholic bishop who resigned from the government-run Catholic association, leading the Vatican's spokesman to... Read more

Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett speaks at a Dec. 6, 2012 press conference to announce the Defending Freedoms project.

New project allows Congress members to adopt conscience prisoners

A new initiative in the nation’s capital invites members of Congress to “adopt” international prisoners of conscience to advocate for... Read more

House Speaker John Boehner greeting Chen Guangcheng.

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

A secular men's magazine has praised Chinese anti-abortion advocate Chen Guangcheng in its December 2012 issue, placing him on the... Read more


Spanish group calls for bolstering of disabled children's rights

On Universal Children's Day marked worldwide on Nov. 20, the organization Down Spain called for increased protection of the rights... Read more

A nurse holds an orphan with a cleft lip. Courtesy Little Flower Projects.

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

For the past decade and a half, an American couple living in China have cited total reliance on God as... Read more

Rep. Chris Smith (Center) listens during an Helsinki Commission hearing on sex trafficking and abuse of children, October 4, 2012.

Dutch leaders urged to investigate child trafficking case

Witnesses at an Oct. 4 Helsinki Commission briefing called for increased pressure on the Dutch government to look into numerous... Read more

Rep. Chris Smith speaks at an April 2012 press conference.

House passes bill to promote human rights in Vietnam

A bill to encourage freedom and respect for human rights, including religious liberty, in communist-run Vietnam was approved by the... Read more


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

In response to societal discrimination against those with disabilities, a blind Spanish advocate says people with handicaps have the right... Read more

Two more Iranian pastors imprisoned for Christian faith

Two Christian pastors in Iran have been put in prison and are “facing grave danger” due to their faith, said... Read more

Not Today Movie.

Christian film aims to curb human trafficking in India

A group of independent film makers is using media to put an end to the epidemic of human trafficking that... Read more

Speaker Boehner greeting Chen Guangcheng.

Congressional leaders support Chinese pro-life activist

Bipartisan leaders of Congress came together in the nation’s capital on Aug. 1 to meet with and offer their support... Read more


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

The government of Switzerland has sparked controversy by legalizing a new prenatal test that detects the presence of Down’s Syndrome... Read more

Pastor Matthew Cork of Friends Church in Yorba Linda, California.

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

Even in contemporary culture, India's Dalits or “untouchables” face oppression and persecution akin to slavery, an American pastor involved in... Read more

Jeevaline Kumar addresses Tarika graduates.

Christianity changing lives of India's 'untouchables'

A human rights group in India says Christianity has brought slow but lasting change to the country's Dalits or “untouchables,”... Read more

U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam David B. Shear.

Congressman wants ambassador to Vietnam fired over human rights issues

Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) has called for the firing of U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam David Shear, charging that he has... Read more

Hudson Institute senior fellow Nina Shea.

Human rights advocate says Washington Post distorted her views on Islam

Nina Shea, a prominent Catholic advocate for global religious freedom, says the Washington Post presented her as a “religious bigot”... Read more