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This Insights eNewsletter was sent to subscribers on April 8, 2014.

eNewsletter Subject: Hostility and Persecution

A recent daily homily by Pope Francis was very timely, since we are approaching Holy Week and considering the rise of the persecution of Christians throughout the world. The headline of our news report tells the story: Hostility, persecution are natural for Christians, Pope says in homily.

Such hostility is evident around the world. For example, it may very well have caused Sr. Jane Dominic, OP to stop giving lectures and take a sabbatical after the notorious flare-up in Charlotte. Phil Lawler closes out this episode in Sister Jane Dominic: one strike and she’s out?

This hostility is certainly at work in the case of the latest Christians to be sentenced to death for alleged blasphemy in Islamic countries: Pakistani Christian couple sentenced to death on blasphemy charges.

Offering a more comprehensive view, last month the head of the Pontifical Council of Justice and Peace, Cardinal Peter Turkson, addressed the Slovak Bishops' Conference on the matter religious liberty: The Catholic Church and Human Rights. Cardinal Turkson made the important point that “violence against religion is suffered disproportionately by Christians.”...

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