In a series of videos, the first of which accompanies this blog post, we are sending a message to the co-chairs of the U.S. House of Representatives Congressional Caucus on Sudan and South Sudan: U.S. Representatives Michael McCaul (R-Texas), Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), Michael Capuano (D-Mass.), and Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.) from four bishops of the Episcopal Church of South Sudan and Sudan.
Sudanese bishop Rt. Reverend Andudu Adam Elnail (Kadugli and Nuba Mountains), and South Sudanese bishops, Rt. Reverend Joseph Garang Atem (Renk), Rt. Reverend Moses Deng Bol (Wau), and Rt. Reverend Samuel Peni (Nzara) were special guests at the annual conference of the American Friends of the Episcopal Church of Sudan and South Sudan (AFRECS) late last month. I took advantage of the opportunity to ask if they would help appeal to the Sudan Caucus to sponsor a letter from members of Congress to Attorney General Loretta Lynch.
A full explanation of why I asked the bishops to appeal to the Sudan Caucus can be found on the website Sudan Community Compensation, along with actions that you can take to join Bishops Andudu, Atem, Bol, and Peni and to help the suffering people of Sudan and South Sudan to receive justice and compensation for the atrocities committed against them by the Sudanese government. more >>
North Korea's government is reportedly earning billions by forcing tens of thousands of its citizens to work abroad under slave-like conditions, the United Nations has said.
Marzuki Darusman, the U.N. special rapporteur on human rights in North Korea, said at a news conference on Wednesday that Kim Jong Un's regime is forcing more and more people to go work abroad to countries like Russia and China.
Hundreds of Christian fighters from across Syria have united to defend a biblical Syrian Christian town from being conquered by the Islamic State terrorist organization, the head of the Syriac Orthodox church has said.
As IS militants continue to push west toward the Syrian capital of Damascus, the jihadi group began an offensive in the ancient Assyrian heartlands on Oct. 31. Although IS has already captured the town of Maheen, Christians are coming from all over the country to prevent IS from conquering the town of Sadad, which lies about 4 miles from Maheen.
Sadad, which is referred to in the book of Numbers and the book of Ezekiel as "Zedad," is seen as a strategic town that lies on a highway that connects Damascus and the town of Homs. more >>
Cardinal Bechara Boutros Rai of Lebanon has claimed that Muslims plan to use their rising birthrate to conquer Europe and the West.
The cardinal, who heads the Maronite Church, spoke to Italian magazine Famiglia Christiana a few days after the conclusion of the Roman Catholic Synod on the Family at the Vatican late last month.
"I've heard several times by Muslims that their goal is to conquer Europe with two weapons: faith and the birthrate," Rai asserted. "For them, the practice of the faith is essential and fundamental." more >>
One year after the burning deaths of a Pakistani Christian couple for their alleged desecration of a Quran, fear still runs rampant within Christian communities of Punjab province since no assailants of the crime have been convicted and the vast majority remain at-large.
In November of last year, Shama and Shahzad Masih, a married couple with four children living in a community near Lahore, were attacked and murdered by a Muslim mob after witnesses claimed they found pages of the Quran in their trash.
On the anniversary of the murders, many within the community have expressed frustration with local officials regarding the progress of the investigation — or lack thereof. more >>
WASHINGTON — Hundreds of Catholic students from across the United States met Monday with members of Congress and urged them to stand with Pope Francis on climate change, immigration reform, and human rights in Central America.
An estimated 1,200 concerned individuals, mostly college and high school students representing 90 Catholic institutions from 25 states, Canada, El Salvador and Mexico, gathered in Washington D.C. over the weekend for the annual Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice conference.
To cap off the weekend-long conference, the liberal-leaning Ignatian Solidarity Network hosted a day of advocacy on Capitol Hill Monday morning, which marked the largest Catholic advocacy day of the year. more >>