CNA Staff, Nov 15, 2020 / 05:01 pm (CNA).- Government restrictions on religion are at their highest since tracking began in 2007, the Pew Research Center has said in its new report, finding that 56 […]
CNA Staff, Nov 15, 2020 / 05:01 pm (CNA).- Government restrictions on religion are at their highest since tracking began in 2007, the Pew Research Center has said in its new report, finding that 56 countries reached “high” or “very high” levels of restrictions on religion in 2018.
“In 2018, the global median level of government restrictions on religion – that is, laws, policies and actions by officials that impinge on religious beliefs and practices – continued to climb, reaching an all-time high since Pew Research Center began tracking these trends in 2007,” Pew said Nov. 10. While the rise from 2017 was “relatively modest,” it continues the “substantial rise” in restrictions.
To track trends in religion, the Pew Research Center has created a Government Restrictions Index, a 10-point scale using 20 indicators. It has also created an index of social hostilities. While the coronavirus epidemic has prompted a wave of debate about restrictions on religious gatherings, Pew’s latest report concerns the year 2018.
Homily There is power in praise. We used to know the power of praise and then we stopped praising the Lord.
St. Peter’s Basilica Near the River Tiber
Grow in love, mature in your fear of the Lord, and reap the abundant riches of a faithful servant and child of God…..
The past few Sundays have featured the November theme of the Four Last Things: Death, Judgment, Heaven, and Hell. In today’s Gospel we are reminded that we will one day have to account for our use of the gifts and resources that God has given us. But today’s readings do more than that…
There’s no doubt that COVID-19 has turned life upside down for most people. Yet for those more vulnerable members of society, the changes have impacted their lives in a way we might not really appreciate. Thankfully, there are some out there who making sure those in need get a little boost.
Jesus is telling us today to stretch out our hand to the poor, Pope Francis said in his Angelus address Sunday. Speaking from a window overlooking St. Peter’s Square Nov. 15, the fourth World Day of the Poor, the pope urged Christians to discover Jesus in the needy.