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Vatican Official, at UN,
Emphasizes ‘Right to Remain in One’s Homeland'
NEW YORK, July 25, 2017, (Catholic World News) A Vatican official addressed a UN meeting on migrants and development and emphasized “the right to remain in one’s homeland in dignity, peace, and security.”


Living Within the Truth:
Religious Liberty and Catholic Mission in the
New Order of the World
SPISSKE PODHRADIE, Slovakia, August 24th, 2010 -- "We live in a time when the Church is called to be a believing community of resistance," Archbishop Charles Chaput concludes in a stunning speech before the Canon Law Association of Slovakia. We need to call things by their true names. We need to fight the evils we see. And most importantly, we must not delude ourselves into thinking that by going along with the voices of secularism and de-Christianization we can somehow mitigate or change things. Only the Truth can set men free."


Pope Tells 'Haggard' Europe:
Human Dignity
Key to Renewal
- Pope Francis’ address to the European Parliament touched on a variety of issues, all of which, he said, ought to promote the “centrality” of the human person so that a true cultural renewal can be attained.


-- Children have the right to be raised by a mother and a father, Pope Francis said, emphasizing that “the family is the foundation of co-existence and a remedy against social fragmentation.”editor


Promoting the Dignity of the Person
Excerpted from the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Christifideles Laici of His Holiness John Paul II: On the Vocation and the Mission of the Lay Faithful in the Church and in the World.


Archbishop Charles Chaput

Why Faith Matters:
Belief as a Cornerstone of
What It Means to Be Human
LOS ANGELES, August 23, 2013 -- In a stunning talk at the National conference of CALL, the Catholic Association of Latino Leaders, Archbishop Charles Chaput said, "[If] there is no Creator, and nothing fundamental and distinct about human nature, and if 'nature’s God' is kicked out of the conversation, then our rights become the product of social convention.  And social conventions can change.  So can the definition of who is and who isn’t 'human.'"


Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone

Bishops Urge Catholics To Pray For
Life, Marriage, Religious Liberty

"Part of a Movement"
WASHINGTON, DC, December 6, 2012 —The U.S. Catholic bishops have launched a pastoral strategy addressing critical life, marriage and religious liberty concerns. The five-part strategy or call to prayer was approved by the bishops in November and is set to begin after Christmas. The overall focus is to invite Catholics to pray for rebuilding a culture favorable to life and marriage and for increased protections of religious liberty.


Archbishop Lori Kicks-Off
Fortnight for Freedom
with Call to Action
-- Catholics must fight against forces seeking to remove the influence of religion from American culture, Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore told over 1,000 Catholics at a Mass beginning a 14-day campaign for religious freedom.


Cardinal Dolan Contrasts True Freedom,
'Culture of Death' in New eBook

NEW YORK, NY, June 19, 2012  -- Society faces a choice between true human dignity, and a false concept of freedom culminating in the “culture of death,” New York's Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan explains in his new eBook.


Bishops Launch
Religious Liberty Campaign

Prayer, Fasting and Public Action
Government Abuses Listed
- The U.S. bishops have issued a statement alerting American Catholics that they are obligated to disobey unjust laws that infringe upon their fundamental liberties by forcing them to violate the core of their beliefs.


Rights and Responsibilities
Every human right has a corresponding responsibility for self and for the other.


Pope: Defend and Promote Right to Freedom
Message to Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences
VATICAN CITY, May 4, 2011 (VIS) - Today was made public the Pope's message to Mary Ann Glendon, president of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, and the members of that institution at the closure of their seventeenth plenary assembly held in Rome from 29 April to 3 May on the theme: "Universal Rights in a World of Diversity: The Case of Religious Freedom".




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