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United States government making chilling attack on religious freedom

HONG KONG (SE): Two newspapers in the United States of America (US) have sprung to the defence of the bishops in their standoff with the president, Barack Obama, over compulsory facilitation and supply of contraceptives by religious employers, which is being imposed by the Health and Human Services Department.

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Is Twitter becoming dictator-friendly?

BANGKOK (SE): The term Twitter Revolution has been in wide use during the Arab Spring, with walls of Middle East capital cities covered with messages thanking the network for its support during troubled times.

However, Reporters Without Borders is asking if these notes of thanks may already obsolete, as the site has announced that it is introducing country-specific censorship in order to satisfy local laws.

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Nuclear power is a threat to world security

HONG KONG (SE): A paper released by the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns in New York, the United States of America (US), immediately prior to the March 11 anniversary of the nuclear disaster that still plagues Japan in Fukushima, states that we need to move away from the tried and trusted ways of seeking security, as they simply do not work.

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Government is violating separation of Church and state bishops say

CHICAGO (CWNews.com): As the government of Barack Obama in the United States of America (US) continues to push its compulsory facilitation and supply of contraceptives on religious employers through the Health and Human Services Department, two bishops have hit out, saying that it could well spell the end of religious freedom as we have come to know it in the nation.

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Holy See-Vietnam confab 
satisfactory communiqué says

VATICAN (SE): “The Vietnam-Holy-See relationship has attained positive developments on the basis of good will and constructive dialogue, as well as respect for principles in the relationship,” a joint communiqué released at the conclusion of a two-day meeting of the Vietnam-Holy See Joint Working Group held in Hanoi on February 27 and 28.

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Letter from Vatican archive vindicates Pope Pius XII

Rome (CathNews): Documents released from the Vatican’s secret archives as part of the exhibition, Lux in Arcana: The Vatican Secret Archives Reveals Itself, appear to vindicate the much maligned Pope Pius XII.

The wartime pope was praised by former Jewish prisoners for preventing their deportation to death camps, the British newspaper, The Telegraph, reported on March 2.

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Religious groups defy student union move to dictate speakers

London (CathNews): Students at University College London will defy a student union motion which forces student groups to invite pro-abortion advocates to pro-life talks, The Catholic Herald reported on February 16.

Earlier in February, the university’s student union endorsed a motion which officially affiliated it with abortion rights and said that societies, such as the Catholic Society, must invite pro-abortion speakers to future pro-life discussions.

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Militant secularism has traits similar to totalitarianism says British minister

MANCHESTER (CNS): “A militant secularisation is taking hold of our societies,” said Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, Britain’s first female Muslim peer and the first to serve in government.

“We see it in any number of things: when signs of religion cannot be displayed or worn in government buildings; when states won’t fund faith schools; and where religion is sidelined, marginalised and downgraded in the public sphere.” she said. 

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Priest complains he cannot go to jail

JEJU (UCAN): The District Court in Jeju, South Korea, found Father Bartholomew Mun Jung-hyun guilty on February 23 of obstructing police in the execution of their duties in a standoff near aimed at preventing the construction site of a military base on Jeju island.

Father Mun received an eight-month suspended sentence, but requested the court to allow him to do the time behind bars.

His sentence is suspended for two years.

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Matteo Ricci’s spirit of respect and dialogue still relevant today says bishop

Taipei (UCAN): Father Matteo Ricci’s legacy lives on to this day, Bishop Claudio Giuliodori, from the great 16th century Jesuit missionary’s hometown of Macerata, Italy, said.

Father Ricci is one of the most important founding figures of the Church in China.

Bishop Giuliodori was speaking at a meeting with leaders of the Taiwanese Church at the curia of the Taipei archdiocese.

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