Bishops urge people to pray for those who face religious persecution

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Leaders of the U.S. bishops’ conference invited people to pray for “those facing the stark reality of religious persecution in the Middle East and elsewhere.” In a statement, the bishops’ Administrative Committee also called on people to work to protect those who are marginalized and persecuted. The committee urged Catholics to use…

Israeli president cites Pope Francis in address to Christian leaders

JERUSALEM (CNS) — In his first public address to Christian religious leaders, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin said he was particularly encouraged “by the strong and clear voice of Pope Francis that the corruption of the spiritual position is a desecration of God’s name.” During the traditional presidential holiday reception Dec. 30, Rivlin expressed concern over…

Archbishop Stefan Soroka to invite families persecuted for faith to 2015 gathering

July 11, 2014 PHILADELPHIA (CNS) — Archbishop Stefan Soroka of the Ukrainian Archeparchy of Philadelphia plans to invite families who have endured religious persecution to attend the World Meeting of Families being held in Philadelphia in September 2015. “The Ukrainian Catholic Church has experienced religious persecution for centuries and from this experience, it is our…