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A year of tightening screws on freedom

HONG KONG (SE): The year 2015 opened with an appeal from Pope Francis to use shopping habits to help make peace. He pointed out that a modern form of slavery exists in the sweatshop, which sows the seeds of tension across the world and discerning shopping is part of addressing this.

While the topic of climate change and protection of the natural environment has been on the world agenda for years, it had never raised much more than a ripple in the Church.

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China frees opponents of cross-removals

HONG KONG (UCAN): Four pastors and two lawyers, who were arrested and jailed for opposing the government campaign to demolish or remove crosses from Church buildings in Wenzhou, China.

The most recent one to have been picked up, Pastor Wang Yunxian, from the Longwan Church in coastal Zhejiang province, was released on December 11 by authorities in Wenzhou.

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Freedom of religion for a Church in chains

HONG KONG (SE): By its very nature cyberspace transcends borders, which makes drawing territorial demarcation lines designating control over content, access or usage an almost contradictory task.

However, the United States of America (US) holds most of the keys to the doors that can lock, monitor and block, as it possesses the 13 facilities that allocate IP address, which gives it a head start in the manipulation game.

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Vietnam’s draft law on religion bereft of progress

LONDON (Agencies): What is religious freedom? This is the question posed in a documentary recently posted on Facebook, which includes interviews with members of the public, as well as religious leaders, lawyers and rights advocates.

Remarkably, the video was made in Vietnam, a country that continues to restrict freedom of expression and freedom of religion or belief.

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What is religious liberty?

WASHINGTON (Agencies): In an almost unprecedented move, five federal judges issued an opinion sharply criticising their court’s refusal to correct its recent decision that would force the Little Sisters of the Poor in the United States of America to assist the federal government with its contraception distribution scheme.

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