Tag: Catholics

Duterte said over the weekend that he would not seek to stay in office beyond his term's end in 2022

Duterte Attacks God 24 Hours After Promising Not To, Says ‘Sorry, God’

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte once again warned on Tuesday that he would attack God if anyone invoked his name against him, less than a day after the president had come to an agreement with Philippine Catholic leaders to stop assailing the religion of most of his country.

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China Brainwashing Priests at ‘Patriotic’ Training Courses

The Chinese Communist Party, under Xi Jinping, has expanded its religious crackdown on Islam and Christianity to Taoism. In a column Friday, the Global Times cites a “patriotic” Taoist priest who insists the native Chinese religion is not Chinese enough without “core socialist values.”

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As Rodrigo Duterte Kisses Profanity Goodbye, Here Are Five of His Worst Tirades

Before Friday, Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte had established a reputation as the most potty-mouthed head of state in the world. Insulting diplomats, presidents, and priests in equal measure, Duterte had shown a complete lack of diplomatic tact during his short tenure, beginning in June.

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John Zmirak: Trump’s Immigration Stand Is More Catholic than Hillary’s

One of the crucial constituencies in the upcoming election is the Catholic vote, which could be decisive. Swing states such as Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Ohio could turn on how Catholics decide to pull the lever. Recent reports have shown that a surprising percentage of church-going Catholics are leaning toward Hillary Clinton—the most pro-abortion candidate in U.S. history, a woman who has actually called for Christians to be somehow reprogrammed out of our objections to abortion, and who has backed each of the Obama administration’s attacks on religious freedom.

French Priest Jacques Hamel

World Youth Day: Teach Children About Martyrs

Quite probably, the Islamic State-inspired assassins who cut the throat of Father Jacques Hamel in St. Étienne-du-Rouvray, France, on Tuesday did not know that one effect of their act would be to cast a pall over World Youth Day, but that’s nevertheless exactly what’s happened.

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Influential Catholic Group Condemns Donald Trump

An influential Catholic website has issued a lengthy manifesto condemning the candidacy of Donald Trump for the GOP nomination. Catholic Vote is run by Chicagoan Brian Burch and is a go-to place for conservative Catholics involved in Church and secular politics. The statement is a bill of indictment that faithful Catholics cannot and should not support Trump.

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Cuba’s War on Christianity: Evangelical Church Demolished Overnight

The pastor of an underground Evangelical church in Camagüey, Cuba, has denounced the communist government for leveling the building in which he holds religious services as a warning to others that openly practicing Christianity on the island will result in government persecution.

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Junipero Serra: Left Leaves Native, Black Latinos Behind for Pope Francis

The canonization of Fray Junipero Serra should have been a rallying cry for the Left. Pope Francis has given America its first saint–a man who dedicated his life to bringing Christianity to the native peoples of California. Many Native Americans see Serra as a conquerer who used violence to impose a religion. They have, selectively, spoken up, but the silence on the part of mainstream left media and white liberals is deafening.

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Chinese Christians Defend Rooftop Crosses, Prepare for Confrontation

Chinese officials in Wenzhou, a city of the Zhejiang province with a high concentration of Christians, have given Christian communities a deadline to remove rooftop crosses from their churches, but some of the local pastors have responded with defiance, placing guards at their churches to defend the crosses.

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Study: Christianity, Islam Booming Among Youth in Communist China

A new survey published in Chinese state-run newspaper, the Global Times, finds young Chinese nationals increasingly attracted to religion, with Islam the most popular religion among people under 30 and Protestantism the religion with the largest number of places of worship in the country.