Pompeo announces new alliance for religious freedom

Washington D.C., Feb 6, 2020 / 05:00 pm (CNA).- A new International Religious Freedom Alliance with 27 member states was announced on Wednesday by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Pompeo said that the alliance would include “like-minded partners who treasure, and fight for, international religious freedom for every human being.”

According to the alliance’s official description, it “will advocate for freedom of religion or belief for all, which includes the right of individuals to hold any belief or none, to change religion or belief and to manifest religion or belief, either alone or in community with others, in worship, observance, practice and teaching.”

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NGO releases ‘Baker’s Dozen’ list of contributors to sexual exploitation

Washington D.C., Feb 6, 2020 / 04:39 pm (CNA).- The National Center on Sexual Exploitation has updated its annual “Dirty Dozen” ranking of mainstream companies or entities that it says are not doing enough to stop the spread of sexual exploitation.

This year, the “Dirty Dozen” has been expanded to include 13 companies–a “Baker’s Dozen” List. This is the first time more than 12 companies have been added to the list. The NCOSE has released a “Dirty Dozen” list each year since 2013.

“In today’s world, corporations drive our culture,” says the NCOSE’s website. “They influence how people communicate, how they dress, and what information they receive. When a company makes a positive change to stop promoting sexploitation, it has a ripple effect that influences countless lives.”

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Pope Releases Video to Accompany February Prayer Intention

Pope Francis on February 6, 2020, released a video message accompanying his prayer intention for February, which is “Hear the cries of migrants”.

In his prayer intention for the month of February 2020, Pope Francis calls the entire world to hear the cries of migrants, many of whom are victims of criminal human trafficking.

It has become the custom of Pope Francis to release a video message detailing his prayer intention for each month.

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Catholic leaders warn Philippine divorce bill lacks sufficient debate

Manila, Philippines, Feb 6, 2020 / 03:21 pm (CNA).- Catholic leaders in the Philippines have voiced concern that a bill aiming to legalize divorce is progressing without significant debate.

“I was expecting exhaustive deliberations and discussions would be conducted on the measure,” said Father Jerome Secillano, executive secretary for public affairs at the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines.

“I was surprised at the speed at which the committee accepted the bill,” he said, according to UCA News.

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Germans go to the zoo. Synod (“walking together”) and heresy. Wherein Fr. Z rants.

Weird German bishop (tautology?) of Osnabrück, Franz-Josef Bode, is for pretty everything that would tear the Church apart and remake her in the secularist image so hotly desired by the Left.

At katolisch.de we find that Bode, emerging puffed up from the Synod (“walking together”) has said that – I am not making this up

Christus sei “für uns Mensch, nicht Mann geworden”.

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