Vice President Mike Pence spoke with Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin about the situation in Nicaragua, expressing support for the Church’s efforts in that country.
US Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo hosted the Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom in Washington, the first-ever Ministerial to advance religious freedom around the world. This event focused on concrete outcomes that reaffirm international commitments to promote religious freedom and produce real, positive change.
Today, the first-ever conference on religious freedom to be held at ministerial level began in Washington D.C. It is organized by the US Department of State. Participants today heard speeches from both the US Vice President Mike Pence and the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Hungary is represented at the conference by a delegation led by Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó.
Administration escalated pressure after a court placed Andrew Brunson, on trial for terrorism charges, under house arrest. Donald Trump has threatened to slap “large sanctions” on Turkey unless Ankara frees an American pastor whose detention has further strained relations between the Nato allies. The Trump administration escalated its pressure campaign the day after a Turkish court allowed Andrew Brunson to be transferred to house arrest after 21 months in detention. He is on trial on terrorism charges.
Before 2003, some 1.4 million Christians lived in Iraq. Today nearly 9 in 10 are gone, thanks to chaos in the region and the murderous reign of Islamic State. The number of Yazidis, another ancient religious minority, has plummeted as well.
During the 2016 campaign, Donald Trump rightly railed against the Obama administration for not doing enough to help. Speaking at a dinner last October, Vice President Mike Pence said change was already on the way.