All Christians have as their roots, Roman Catholicism, the Faith of the Fathers. With over 2,000 years of teaching, tradition, and as the Deposit of Faith, The Catholic Church has taught the Christian faithful, preached Christ Jesus and His Gospel.
U.S. and Chinese officials are ironing out a deal to secure American asylum for a blind Chinese legal activist who fled house arrest, with an agreement likely before Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrives this week, a U.S. rights campaigner said Monday.
Bob Fu of the Texas-based rights group ChinaAid said that China and the U.S. want to reach agreement on the fate of Chen Guangcheng before the annual high-level talks with Clinton and other U.S. officials begin in Beijing on Thursday.
"The Chinese top leaders are deliberating a decision to be made very soon,
maybe in the next 24 to 48 hours," Fu said, citing a source close to the U.S. and Chinese governments. Both sides are "eager to solve this issue," said Fu, a former teacher at a Communist Party academy in Beijing whose advocacy group focuses on the rights of Christians in China and who maintains a network of contacts in the country.
"It really depends on China's willingness to facilitate Chen's exit," Fu said.
Cardinal Renato Raffaele
Martino, Honorary President of the Rome-based Dignitatis Humanae
Institute and Lord Alton, Chairman of the British Parliament's
Cross-Party Working Group on Human Dignity, today met to discuss the
situation of blind Chinese lawyer Chen Guangcheng.
The self-taught lawyer,
who sought sanctuary in the US Embassy in Beijing over the weekend
after escaping six years of house imprisonment, remains separated
from his family, members of whom have been taken into custody.
As talks between Chinese
and US officials continue, Lord Alton urged China to show compassion
on humanitarian grounds for Chen and his family, and asked for them
all to be allowed to leave for the United States, to receive medical
treatment (as previously happened with the case of Fang Lizhi):
Lord Alton said: "Chen
Guangcheng and his family have a number of well-known medical issues
that would reasonably justify a decision, on humanitarian grounds, to
allow them to travel to the United States or Europe for medical
Despite losing his sight
at an early age, Chen Guangcheng managed to teach himself law and has
become an international icon in his native China, and around the
world. After a period in prison ended in 2010, Chen remained under
house arrest until he fled to the US Embassy for sanctuary on 22
Cardinal Martino added:
"With a decision on Chen's future likely to be decided in the
next week, the Dignitatis Humanae Institute appeals for compassion
and mercy for Chen and his family."
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The following is from The Washington Post blog "The Fix" by Chris Cillizza:
Forget Mormonism; the real story in the Republican Party right now is the rise of the Catholics.
Republicans, who according to Smart Politics have put a Catholic on the ticket just once before (vice presidential candidate William Miller in 1964), seem to be experiencing something of a Catholic renaissance.
First, a pair of Catholics in Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum gave Mitt Romney a run for his money in the nominating contest, and now, four of the five politicians seen as most likely to join Romney on the ticket are Catholic as well.
In the final installment of this series of videos Bishop Michael Burbidge of the Diocese of Raleigh talks about the importance of traditional marriage and of the proper attitude toward people of different viewpoints.
The following excerpt is from TownHall.com columnist Steve Deace:
“It seems the Oklahoma GOP leadership is trying to fill the Romney Republican mold, which is a lot of pro-life speech but no pro-life action,” Personhood USA’s Keith Mason said. “What’s happening in Oklahoma begs a question pro-lifers must ask themselves: if the Republican leadership won’t vote pro-life why should we vote for them?”
The following excerpts
are from the National Catholic Register. The emphases are mine:
he nears retirement, Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz of Lincoln, Neb.,
reflected on the importance of the laity in modern culture, observing
that well-formed men and women can bring Christ into the
workplace and other areas where clergy cannot.
have to face seeing people where they are and bringing Christ to
people where they are,” the bishop told CNA in Rome March 14.
a recent ad limina visit with Pope Benedict, the 76-year-old bishop
noted in an interview that Catholic laity have an irreplaceable
duty in sanctifying the world.
also had pointed remarks for those who identify as Catholics in
the U.S. but work to advance policies that harm the Church and
morality. “They have to realize that what they are doing is very
serious, and very seriously wrong.”
In a further sign of Christian unity against President Obama's compulsory birth control mandate, Cardinal Raymond Burke has called on all Catholics to bravely oppose this unprecedented attack on freedom of conscience and religious liberty.
The following excerpt is
from Catholic World News at Catholic Culture:
Raymond Burke has stated that employers who provide contraceptive
coverage for their workers are guilty of both formal and material
cooperation in contraception.
cardinal--who is now one of the top-ranking Americans at the Vatican,
where he serves as head of the Apostolic Signatura—said that there
is “no way to justify” a health-care program that includes
contraceptive coverage. He urged resistance against the Obama
administration’s drive to make such coverage mandatory.
In a meeting with international Catholic pastoral charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), the Chaldean Bishop of Tehran, Ramzi Garmou, had a message for Christians in the West, saying, “Be aware of the value of the freedom that you enjoy.”
He then challenged Western Christians to “make good use of their freedom,” asking, “How do you use it in your countries?”
In Eidgah Colony, Sarghoda District, fanatics defaced signs and sacred images belonging to the minority. Police refuse to file a report on the incident, tell complainants to leave the station. Human rights activists file a writ before the Lahore High Court for violation of religious freedom.