• Church praying for peace in Nicaragua, Venezuela – highlights of Latin American Catholic news

    Latin America is still one of the most Catholic regions of the globe, and there is no shortage of Church news from “south of the border.” From bishops commenting on the political crises in places like Nicaragua and Venezuela to a beauty queen honoring the Virgin Mary in defiance of local... Read more
  • The drama of Kazakh Muslims in China: imprisoned, tortured, silenced

    As many or most who served in a representative capacity for the OSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe), I had an opportunity to visit Kazakhstan. It is a beautiful and ambitious country, very much active in the OSCE. I met the country’s president, Nursultan Nazarbayev, who... Read more
  • The bifurcation of Chinese family planning policy

    The one child policy has not turned out to be quite so beneficial to China as its planners had hoped. Headlines like this one: “China’s problem is not too many children but too few” sum up the issues facing the world’s most populous nation (for now). The natural growth rate in 2018 was,... Read more
  • Colombian churches help Venezuelan soldiers who have deserted

    CUCUTA, Colombia - Pvt. Andry Rosales hugged a Colombian soldier and broke into tears as he surrendered himself to this country’s military. The 21-year-old Venezuelan soldier had sneaked out of his army base across the border early in the morning and crossed into Colombia by walking on a... Read more
  • Ortega rep: ‘Every effort’ being made in Nicaragua talks

    MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — A representative of President Daniel Ortega said the government is working in good faith to find common ground with the opposition as talks on defusing Nicaragua’s political standoff finished a third day Friday without deals on key sticking points. The first... Read more
  • Iran: Mounting Persecution of Christians

    The persecution of Christians in Iran in 2018 increased to a new level, according to an in-depth report jointly released by Open Doors, Middle East Concern, Article 18, and Christian Solidarity Worldwide. "The end of 2018 saw an unprecedented wave of raids on private house gatherings,... Read more
  • Bishops ask for prayers for start of talks in Nicaragua

    The bishops of Nicaragua have asked the faithful to pray for the dialogue begun Wednesday between the government of President Daniel Ortega and the opposition Civic Alliance for Justice and Democracy. In a message posted on social media, Cardinal Leopoldo José Brenes Solorzano of Managua... Read more
  • Harass, assault, repeat

    This past Sunday in China, members of Chengdu’s Early Rain Covenant Church gathered inside living rooms for worship as they’ve done since the Chinese government shut down the church and arrested its leaders in December. But this week, police showed up at two homes, forcing... Read more
  • Censoring Pro-life Ireland

    On February 22, 2019, The Irish Times reported  that “a four-year-old child, who was found to have been injured at 20 weeks’ gestation, is to receive €45,000 damages for personal injury arising from an accident in a [supermarket] store.” The Irish Times went on to report that the... Read more
  • Judge Moghiseh’s Gavel Slams Hard Against Iranian Christians

    The title of Hajj does not come easily. It denotes a Muslim who has made a pilgrimage to Mecca, a challenging journey for Iranians who believe a different version of Islam than their Saudi counterparts. Mohammed Moghiseh has not only earned this prestigious title, but he is also a religious... Read more