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Morning Catholic must-reads: 20/02/18

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Catholic Herald

Iceland's possible circumcision ban raises religious liberty questions

Reykjavik, Iceland, Feb 19, 2018 / 03:23 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An Icelandic bill that would bar circumcision for non-medical reasons has given rise to opposition from various religious groups, including..

Abortion bill on Isle of Man raises multiple concerns, critics say

Douglas, Isle of Man, Feb 19, 2018 / 02:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Amid efforts to legalize abortion on the Isle of Man, critics of a new abortion bill have spoken out in defense of human life, saying the..

Bermuda repeal of gay marriage to stand

Hamilton, Bermuda, Feb 19, 2018 / 01:13 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The British government has said it will not overrule a Bermudian law passed earlier this month which abolishes same-sex marriage, less than..

Bishops in Nigeria release books on marriage, family life

Ibadan, Nigeria, Feb 19, 2018 / 12:29 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The bishops of Nigeria's Ibadan ecclesial province recently launched two books addressing marriage and family life within the country, drawing..

Pope accepts resignation of disputed Nigerian bishop

Ahiara, Nigeria, Feb 19, 2018 / 11:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis accepted the resignation Monday of a Nigerian bishop who had been rejected by many of the priests of his diocese since his..
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Italian voters may be about to reject the Church’s words on immigration

The Church must address the difference between refugees and economic migrants
Catholic Herald

Archbishop of Erbil: Christians in Iraq are ‘scourged, wounded, but still there’

Washington D.C., Feb 19, 2018 / 04:30 am (CNA/EWTN News).- “Without an end to this persecution and violence, there is no future for religious pluralism in Iraq or anywhere else in the Middle East for..

Parish looted, hosts desecrated in Bangladesh (AsiaNews)

“The thieves not only hurt our parish priest, but also our Lord Jesus Christ,” said one Catholic laywoman.
Catholic Culture

Underground Catholic: We are excluded from dialogue between China and the Holy See (AsiaNews)

Catholic Culture

Newman teaches us a whole new way to look at history

He understood how the atheist view impoverishes our understanding of the rise of Christianity
Catholic Herald

Why we must protect the conscience rights of medical professionals

Is it really such a radical idea to think healthcare professionals should not be forced to help in procedures to which they morally object?
Catholic Herald

Massive data gaps leave refugee, migrant and displaced children in danger (UNICEF)

L’Osservatore Romano (February 17 Italian edition) devoted front-page coverage to this story.
Catholic Culture

Mysterious pool and fountain discovered at ancient Christian site in Israel (Fox News)

“We believe that some early Christian commentators identified Ein Hanniya as the site where the Ethiopian eunuch was baptized, as described in Acts 8:26-40,” said an archaeologist.
Catholic Culture

Trump administration proposes 'paradigm shift' in federal education policies (National Catholic Register)

Neither the federal nor state government “should supplant and take the place of the role that the parent has in the child’s education and the ability to choose the education that the parent knows..
Catholic Culture

Iranian Christian convert begins 3rd month of detention (World Watch Monitor)

Catholic Culture

Prepare yourselves for total fidelity to Christ and His Church, Pope tells seminarians (Vatican Press Office)

The Pope addressed members of the Pontifical Regional Seminary of Sardinia, which is celebrating its 90th anniversary.
Catholic Culture

Catholic mother sentenced to week in jail for contempt of court after having child baptized (Charlotte Observer)

The day before the baptism, a North Carolina judge had given her ex-boyfriend full custody of the child, including “decisions concerning religion.”
Catholic Culture

Syriac Orthodox patriarch decries Turkish incursion (National Catholic Register)

In this interview, Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II discusses the current situation of Christians in Syria and Iraq.
Catholic Culture

Vatican 'foreign minister' praises tolerance, respect for religious communities in Azerbaijan (MENAFN)

The nation of 10 million is 97% Muslim.
Catholic Culture

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