Petition to preserve religious liberty in Chile launched

CNA Staff, Feb 23, 2021 / 08:01 pm (CNA).- Alliance Defending Freedom International has launched a petition addressed to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights to rule in favor of religious freedom in Chile.

The ruling will have ramifications for all member states of the Organization of American States.

The petition campaign addresses the case of Sandra Pavez, a lesbian and former nun. The Diocese of San Bernardo did not renew her certificate of suitability to continue teaching religion classes in 2007 because Pavez chose to cohabit with her female partner and go public with the relationship.

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Lagos archbishop urges Nigerian president to secure release of kidnapped girl

Lagos, Nigeria, Feb 23, 2021 / 07:49 pm (CNA).- Three years after Leah Sharibu was abducted from her school in Dapchi in Yobe State within Nigeria’s Diocese of Maiduguri, the Archbishop of Lagos has called on the country’s head of state to “do all in his power … to secure her release.”

In a Feb. 20 statement by the Director of Social Communications of Lagos Archdiocese, Fr. Anthony Godonu, Archbishop Alfred Adewale Martins says “it is sad” that the Nigerian school girl is still being held, three years after she was kidnapped by Boko Haram insurgents.

Archbishop Adewale urges President Muhammadu Buhari to “do all in his power as the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Nigeria, the one from whom all other security agencies take their orders, to secure her release.”

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Latino Catholic entrepreneur recognized among Chicago ‘40 under 40’

Chicago, Ill., Feb 23, 2021 / 07:13 pm (CNA).- A Latino Catholic entrepreneur and founder of a successful ministry for millennials was this month listed among the most influential Latinos in Chicago under age 40 by a national Hispanic business publication. 

 

Vicente Del Real, founder of a nonprofit organization called Iskali, was on Feb. 12 included on the list of Latinos 40 Under 40 Class of 2020, which recognizes the leadership of young Latinos in the Chicago metropolitan area.

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