The 7th Parliamentary Forum on Religious Freedom, hosted by David Anderson, MP focused on present implications for religious freedom in Canada, as well as a discussion on the role of faith and freedom of religion or belief in Canada’s future.
Saint Gerard was not born in Hungary, but fate connected his life to the Central European country. He was born in Venice in an island surrounded by marshes. He was five years old when he got severely sick, so he was moved to the island of San Giogro to be cured by the local monks. The family made a vow that if George– that was his name of birth – was healed by the prayers, the family would dedicate their life to the servitude of God.
A new study released by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health suggests that praticipation in spiritual practices during childhood can lead to better health and well-being during early adulthood. Researchers found that those who attended religious services or prayed daily throughout their upbringing reported greater positivity and more satisfaction in their lives in their 20s.
As North Korea prepares to celebrate its 70th anniversary this weekend with a military parade and “Mass Games”, its population lives in perpetual war (the 1953 Korean war has never officially ended), under government surveillance and with a propaganda machine controlled by the national leader’s personality cult. It actually is not unlike George Orwell’s classic book 1984, John Choi* comments, a Christian human rights advocate who escaped from North Korea and now lives in the UK.
The visit of the Holy Father to Ireland on the occasion of the World Meeting of Families was a welcome one. The four-day congress that began last Wednesday in Dublin was positive, the Saturday night Festival of Families in Croke Park was uplifting and the final Mass, held at the Papal Cross in the Phoenix Park was as poignant as it was powerful. The problem however of a Church plagued with past clerical sex abuse scandals unfortunately overshadowed the entire visit.
The 20th of August might well be the most important national holiday for Hungarians. This day commemorates the foundation of the Christian state that took place in 1,000 AD when Saint Stephen is celebrated— the first Hungarian king. Chronologically, the founding of the State is the next significant milestone which occurred after the land conquest in the Carpathian basin around 896 AD.
For over 60 years, Open Doors (OD) has worked in the world’s most oppressive countries, empowering Christians who are persecuted for their beliefs. Open Doors equips persecuted Christians in more than 60 countries through programs like Bible & Gospel Development, Women & Children Advancement and Christian Community Restoration.
Here is their summary of Christian persecution today.
The Hungarian Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó participated at the first-ever Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom, held last week in Washington DC. In his remarks on Thursday, he said it was very “important to represent Hungary at this conference” mentioning that he was “representing a country that has been actively involved in the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS.” He went on to say that “Hungary has two hundred troops on the ground and is currently tasked with advising and assisting in a training mission, and in giving aid to the local Christian communities.”
Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) Canada intends to make the plight of Nigerian Christians a priority in the coming year, says the pontifical charity’s Canadian director. “We are very worried about it,” said Marie-Claude Lalonde, Canada’s national director. “We know it’s going to be a priority for the coming year, without forgetting the needs of the Iraqis, and Syrians and Christians in the Middle East.”