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Is Europe Doing Enough to Protect Persecuted Christians? EWTN NEWS - WORLD CATHOLIC NEWS - December 1, 2016 Vienna, Austria, Dec 1, 2016 / 02:08 am ( EWTN News/CNA ).- European leaders gathered this week at a conference in Vienna to discuss Christian persecution and its resounding effect on Europe, particularly emphasizing the need to seriously address religious discrimination and genocide around the world.http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/EwtnNews-World/~3/ZGKTdDs9R0w/new.php

Ethos Determines the Approach to Religious and Ethics Teaching CLERICAL WHISPERS - November 29, 2016 The time allocation for religious education, which may include ethics, in primary schools is 30 minutes a day. This accounts for 10pc of the school week, more than double the international average, and is the second highest allocation for religion anywhere in the developed world, apart from Israel. Primary schooling in Ireland is organised along religious lines. About 95pc of schools are under denominational control, overwhelmingly Catholic (90pc). Patrons ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2016/11/ethos-determines-approach-to-religious.html

U.S. Religious Knowledge Survey - What We (or at Least Americans) Know About Religious Beliefs WHERE THE RUBBER HITS THE ROAD - November 28, 2016 U.S. Religious Knowledge Survey Pew Research Centerhttp://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blogspot/oOuOI/~3/ujOVD9zD-1M/us-religious-knowledge-survey-what-we.html

Christianity at Risk in Vietnam Amid Restrictions on Religious Freedom CLERICAL WHISPERS - November 28, 2016 Religious freedom in Vietnam is at serious risk following the passing of the country's first ever Law on Belief and Religion almost 2 weeks ago. The law passed on 18 November, despite concerns that it does not conform to international standards on freedom of religion or belief, Christian Solidarity Worldwide has warned. "Although the final text has not yet been made public, it is not expected to have altered significantly from previous drafts," the charity reported. "The ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2016/11/christianity-at-risk-in-vietnam-amid.html

Religious Freedom Under Threat, Says ACN Report CLERICAL WHISPERS - November 28, 2016 There are significant violations of religious freedom in 38 of 196 countries surveyed by Aid to the Church in Need (ACN).* Bishop John McAreavey of Dromore launched ACN's report on 'Religious Freedom in the World – 2016' in Ireland on Friday. It assesses the situation of many faith communities that are under attack, including Yazidis, Jews, Ahmadiyya Muslims and, of course, Christians. "The report is a comprehensive piece of work," said the bishop. ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2016/11/religious-freedom-under-threat-says-acn.html

Scientists Play a Key Role in Solving Global Problems, Pope Francis Says EWTN NEWS - VATICAN NEWS - November 28, 2016 Vatican City, Nov 28, 2016 / 06:30 am ( EWTN News/CNA ).- Pope Francis told a group of scientists Monday that their role in finding creative solutions to the world's problems is more urgent than ever, and praised increasing collaboration between scientific and religious communities.http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/EwtnNews-Vatican/~3/X_1ZNs4oF7w/new.php

Former Labour Minister to Head Up BBC's Religious Affairs Programming CLERICAL WHISPERS - November 27, 2016 A former Labour minister James Purnell will take over responsibility for the BBC's religious affairs programming - as the corporation continues to search for a long-term strategy for covering religion in the UK. Purnell, who was a minister in both Tony Blair and Gordon Brown's administrations, will also keep responsibility for his current role as head of radio and education, which he took on in September. Earlier this month the BBC announced the departure of Aaqil Ahmed, ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2016/11/former-labour-minister-to-head-up-bbcs.html

Quiz: Only 1 in 50 Catholics Can Ace This Religious Test. Can You? I Did!! WHERE THE RUBBER HITS THE ROAD - November 26, 2016 Quiz: Only 1 In 50 Catholics Can Ace This Religious Test. Can You? - Women.comhttp://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blogspot/oOuOI/~3/CrwRNMyPosI/quiz-only-1-in-50-catholics-can-ace.html

Nov 27 Homily Prep THE MATADOR WORD - November 26, 2016 ... fancy word that means "changing the direction in which we were looking for happiness". In what direction have you been looking for happiness? How successful has your search for happiness been? Do you see on the horizon a new direction in which you might find true happiness? Maybe it is a direction which you have resisted in the past because it appears too difficult, to radical, to pious, too religious, too disruptive to your life? That resistance is precisely the powerful ...http://thematadorword.blogspot.com/2016/11/nov-27-homily-prep.html

ASIA/PAKISTAN - The Bishops: Population Census Is Urgently Needed CLERICAL WHISPERS - November 26, 2016 A population census in Pakistan is urgently needed, to also update the data related to religious minorities: is the request raised by the Pakistani Bishops gathered in recent days in Lahore in their annual assembly. The census is important for the good governance of the State and for better management of social services and equitable distribution of resources, they said in a statement sent to Fides. Furthermore, Christians and other religious communities ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2016/11/asiapakistan-bishops-population-census.html

AFRICA/CAMEROON - Destruction of the Cross on the Ngock Lituba "Holy Mountain": First Act of a New Traditional Fundament CLERICAL WHISPERS - November 26, 2016 ... beginning of the activities of a fundamentalist movement that wants to return to local religious traditions. According to the Cameroonian newspaper "Le Messager" the establishment of this movement called Mbog Bassa intends to eradicate all other beliefs which do not belong to tradition. The destruction of the Ngock Lituba cross (which means "pierced rock") is a highly symbolic gesture, because this mountain is considered sacred in the local tradition, and not everyone had ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2016/11/africacameroon-destruction-of-cross-on.html

What I Think About Castro's DEATH CATHOLICISM FOR EVERYONE - November 26, 2016 http://holymotherchurch.blogspot.com/2016/11/what-i-think-about-castros-death.html

The Catholic Union of Great Britain... AUNTIE JOANNA WRITES - November 25, 2016 ... freedom, alluding to the Red Wednesday witness of the previous day, and a major gathering in Parliament that had followed that very morning. Christians are being persecuted on a significant scale in various parts of the world, and the importance of true religious freedom needs to be promoted with vigour... Sir Edward also spoke of the popularity and value of Church schools - noted recently by the Government which is giving encouragement to their development and removing ...http://joannabogle.blogspot.com/2016/11/the-catholic-union-of-great-britain.html

For Religious Freedom Advocates, a 'Muslim Registry' Is Anathema EWTN NEWS - US CATHOLIC NEWS - November 24, 2016 Washington D.C., Nov 24, 2016 / 08:01 am ( EWTN News/CNA ).- The incoming Trump administration's immigration policy must avoid a religious registry or any "stigmatizing" of religious groups, religious freedom advocates insist.http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/EwtnNews-US/~3/J7a2DZ14lhs/new.php

ASIA/PAKISTAN - Five Death Sentences for the Murder of a Christian Couple Burned Alive for Blasphemy CLERICAL WHISPERS - November 24, 2016 ... for each of the convicted and imposed a-two- year imprisonment sentence to eight other defendants involved. The couple, who were working in a brick kiln, were first kidnapped and tortured and then burnt alive in the furnace. The lynching had an international resonance and sparked reactions of outrage in Pakistan and abroad. The two left three children who are now living with their maternal grandfather. The Catholic Michelle Chaudhry, president of the "Cecil Chaudhry & Iris Foundation", an ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2016/11/asiapakistan-five-death-sentences-for.html

The True Story of Thanksgiving TEA AT TRIANON - November 24, 2016 Squanto, the pilgrims and the pope . (Via Esther .) To quote: The Puritan Pilgrims were not always considered the survivors of religious persecution American history made them out to be. Writer, H.L. Mencken described Puritanism as "the haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy." And G.K. Chesterton once famously remarked: "In America, they have a feast to celebrate the arrival of the Pilgrims. Here in England, we should have a feast to celebrate their departure." ...http://teaattrianon.blogspot.com/2016/11/the-true-story-of-thanksgiving.html

Spiritual, Not Religious THE NEW BEGINNING - November 22, 2016 http://cantate-domino.blogspot.com/2016/11/spiritual-not-religious.html

Religious Art THE NEW BEGINNING - November 22, 2016 http://cantate-domino.blogspot.com/2016/11/religious-art.html

Diocese of Kerry Conference to Discuss the Teaching of Religion in Post Primary Schools CLERICAL WHISPERS - November 22, 2016 The Diocese of Kerry will host a special gathering to explore and support the vital function of post primary religious education next week. On Wednesday 30 November, principals, religious education co-ordinators and chaplains will gather in the Brehon Hotel, Killarney, County Kerry to discuss the teaching of religion on both the Junior Certificate and Leaving Certificate programmes. According to the Diocese of Kerry, the Junior and Leaving Cycle ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2016/11/diocese-of-kerry-conference-to-discuss.html

Pope Recalls Day of Prayer for Cloistered Religious CLERICAL WHISPERS - November 22, 2016 ... Pro Orantibus Day, which will be celebrated tomorrow," he said at the conclusion of Mass in St. Peter's Square. "I encourage everyone to have a special remembrance for these, our sisters, who are totally dedicated to prayer and need spiritual and material solidarity." +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Disclaimer No responsibility or liability shall attach itself to either myself or to the blogspot 'Clerical Whispers' for any or all of the articles placed here. The placing of ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2016/11/pope-recalls-day-of-prayer-for.html

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