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Catholics urged to lobby on behalf of religious freedom commission

Catholic World News - December 13, 2011

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development is asking Catholics to urge their senators to reauthorize the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.

“The US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) is on life support, surviving only because it is included in a continuing resolution that expires on December 16, 2011,” the USCCB’s action alert states. “The need to raise the profile of religious freedom is urgent. Christians and other religious minorities face ongoing attacks in the Middle East and other parts of the world.”

“Violence against worshippers in Iraq and Coptic Christians in Egypt, killings of prominent officials calling for changes to blasphemy laws in Pakistan, and bombings of churches in Nigeria are examples of horrific acts perpetrated against believers,” the alert continues.

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  • Posted by: porcini - Dec. 14, 2011 1:45 AM ET USA

    Asking Catholics to urge their senators? Good thing to do. Why do the bishops never ask for prayer, like maybe a Rosary Crusade?

  • Posted by: sparch - Dec. 13, 2011 2:14 PM ET USA

    I wish the bishops would stay away from politics and only espouse opinions that support the church and it's beleivers. They always seem to be sold a bill of goods that in the end is decidedly anti-catholic.

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