LEBANON: Patriarch – Christians will be extinct if West does nothing

October 25th, 2021 by Vox Cervi 1

October 20, 2021 ▪Fionn Shiner With image of Syriac Catholic Patriarch Ignatius Joseph III Younan (© Aid to the Church in Need) Amid a spiraling economic crisis and an upsurge in violence, a Middle Eastern Patriarch says that if the West fails to help the Christians in Lebanon the community could soon be extinct. During a visit to the international headquarters of the Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), Syriac Catholic Patriarch …Read More

The ‘staggering’ scale of persecution in the 21st century and how it can be addressed

October 15th, 2021 by Vox Cervi 1

Millions of people live in places where there are restrictions on belief.(Photo: Unsplash/Temitayo Aina) Christian Parliamentarians and leaders have re-committed to tackling the “huge” problem of persecution around the world. Fiona Bruce MP, the Prime Minister’s Special Envoy on Freedom of Religion or Belief (FoRB), told a fringe event at the Conservative Party Conference that an estimated 83% of people around the world are living in countries where there is some kind of restriction on beliefs. …Read More

Pope Francis Decries Abortion and Euthanasia as Treating Human Life Like ‘Waste’

September 29th, 2021 by Vox Cervi 1

The Pope added that both abortion and euthanasia “deny hope” by negating “the hope of children who bring us the life that keeps us going and the hope that is in the roots that the elderly give us.” Pope Francis addresses participants in the plenary assembly of the Pontifical Academy for Life in the Vatican’s Clementine Hall, Sept. 27, 2021. (photo: Vatican Media. / Vatican Media) Courtney Mares/CNAVaticanSeptember 27, 2021 VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis …Read More

Pope Francis Urges Catholic Lawmakers to Protect Human Dignity Online

August 30th, 2021 by Vox Cervi 1

Speaking to the International Catholic Legislators Network, the Pope encouraged the politicians to “make every effort to undertake serious and in-depth moral reflection on the risks and possibilities associated with scientific and technological advances.” Pope Francis greets participants in a meeting promoted by the International Catholic Legislators Network in the Vatican’s Clementine Hall, Aug. 27, 2021. (photo: Vatican Media. / Vatican Media) Courtney Mares/CNAVaticanAugust 27, 2021 VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis urged Catholic lawmakers Friday …Read More

The Scottish government is determined to advance trans ideology – and it’s our children who will suffer

August 17th, 2021 by Vox Cervi 1

(Photo: Unsplash) The cynical would suggest that it’s not often that a politician or government keeps their promises. But sometimes they do. In 2018 the Scottish Government Deputy First Minister John Swinney announced that Scotland would become the first country in the world to have LGBT inclusive education embedded in the curriculum. He was following up on the priority stated in 2014 by his boss Nicola Sturgeon who declared that “it is trans issues that …Read More

Why protections for animals but not the unborn, asks peer

August 9th, 2021 by Vox Cervi 1

The government has introduced a Bill to formally recognise animals as sentient beings.(Photo: Unsplash) Human rights campaigner and Member of the House of Lords, David Alton, has highlighted the double standards of the Animal Welfare (Sentience) Bill currently being considered by the House of Lords. As explained in the piece, “If enacted, the [The Animal Welfare (Sentience)] bill would formally recognise animals as sentient beings, and create an Animal Sentience Committee to evaluate policy changes regarding animal …Read More

HATING OUR OWN SPECIES by David Alton

August 9th, 2021 by Vox Cervi 1

C. S. Lewis loved the animal kingdom. In his space trilogy, he missed no opportunity to demonstrate his profound distaste for animal cruelty. As Lewis scholar Gerald Root has examined, he often linked such cruelty to evil characters—such as Professor Weston, a vivisectionist described in the books as “the unman.” In the Chronicles of Narnia series, Lewis illustrated how mistreating animals often leads to mistreating human beings. Recall that in The Magician’s Nephew, the callous …Read More

EU bishops’ commission urges action to protect religious freedom

August 9th, 2021 by Vox Cervi 1

European Union flags flutter outside the EU headquarters in Brussels July 15, 2021. (Credit: CNS photo/Yves Herman, Reuters.) BRUSSELS — European bishops called on the European Union to do more to protect religious freedom in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic as part of efforts to strengthen the bloc’s role as a “global humanitarian, development, economic and peace actor.” “Vulnerable religious communities are experiencing discrimination, intolerance and, in some cases, persecution as victims of genocide, …Read More

48 Christian Churches in Canada Have Been Burned Down or Vandalized as Persecution Continues

August 9th, 2021 by Vox Cervi 1

Video footage shows a woman attempting to light a Canadian church on fire days before the church burned to the ground. Surrey Royal Canadian Mounted Police said in a press release that St. George Coptic Orthodox Church was destroyed in an early Monday morning fire, the cause of which is still under investigation. The fire is being treated as “suspicious,” particularly in light of video surveillance footage obtained by CTV Vancouvershowing a woman attempting to …Read More

How the Irish, and Many Others, Lost Their Religious Freedom to COVID Restrictions

June 7th, 2021 by Vox Cervi 1

A visitor prays during mass at a Roman Catholic church in Knock, Ireland, in 2010. (Cathal McNaughton/Reuters) Around the world, religious institutions bore the brunt of coronavirus rules. We can’t let this happen again. In Ireland, you can face six months behind bars for forging a drug prescription. Or for stealing€20,000 from your employer for luxury holidays. Or, until recently, for attending church. Even in a year that has turned societal norms on its head, it’s surely a surprise that the Emerald …Read More