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On November 2, the Chilean Senate adopted a resolution urging the Bachelet administration to support the Vatican’s efforts to mediate the Venezuelan crisis, and to seek a special OAS session to evaluate Venezuela's compliance with the Inter-American…
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This morning Pope Francis delivered a pressing message on dignity before an audience that needed to hear it: the United States Congress.
 
 The pope referred to the US legislators before him as the “face of the people,” urging them that their work…
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Correa Cracks Down on Environmental Activism

During his visit to Ecuador last month, Pope Francis delivered a speech on environmental stewardship and urged the administration of President Rafael Correa to “open spaces for dialogue” on how to manage the country’s resources. The 4,000-square-mile…
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His Holiness
 The Pope
 The Apostolic Palace – VATICAN CITY
 
 Your Holiness,
 
 I am writing in advance of your upcoming meeting with President Nicolás Maduro, to be held on Sunday, June 7. We would like to share with Your…
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On February 7, Slovakia will put human rights to a vote. A referendum seeks to exclude same-sex couples from entering into marriage; restrict them from adopting or raising a family; and limit access to comprehensive sex education at school.
 
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Why Catholics must condemn anti-gay violence

The recent assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the Family has brought renewed attention to Catholic approaches to gay and lesbian persons. During the synod, church leaders discussed pastoral and theological perspectives regarding the place of homosexual…
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I went to Vatican City recently to talk to officials there about Pope Francis’ views on homosexuality. In that famous interview in July, Pope Francis answered a question about how he would deal with gay priests: “Who am I to judge”? We sent him a letter…
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Victim of Alleged Attack by AU Soldiers and Witnesses Harassed

(Nairobi) – Somali authorities should order a new, impartial, and transparent investigation into an alleged gang-rape by African Union (AU) soldiers. The case has been marred by mismanagement, opacity, and the harassment of the female rape survivor and…
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A Call to Pope Francis to Align Church Practice With Teachings

(New York) – Pope Francis should condemn violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to the Holy See. The pope should ensure that Catholic officials act in accordance…
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I am not Catholic. I am not a believer. And yet, as a South African, I am aware of the positive and negative roles the Catholic Church can play. It was outspoken against apartheid, and its liberation theology (controversial within the church) inspired a…
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In his short reign, Pope Francis has developed a reputation for frugality and humility in accordance with his commitment to a Catholic Church of and for the poor. He prefers a wooden chair above the ornate papal throne, plain vestments and an ordinary…
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Archdiocese Should Condemn Abuse of Protesters Expelled from Church

(Washington,DC) – The Cuban government should immediately halt repression aimed at silencing dissent before and during Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Cuba, Human Rights Watch said.
 
 Dissidents in Havana, Holguín, Guantanamo, Matanzas, Palma…
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End Abuses Against the Opposition Ahead of April 8 Elections

(London) - The government of Djibouti should immediately end its systematic crackdown on peaceful critics and the political opposition, Human Rights Watch said today.  Presidential elections are scheduled for April 8, 2011, but since February, the…
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Ask people what they know about Somalia and most will probably start talking about pirates, terrorists, and Black Hawk Down. Not many would think to mention democracy or free elections as well, but they should. Last month, Somaliland--an impoverished…