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Health care for all isn't optional, Vatican tells UN

Health care access is a human right, not just a matter of philanthropy, the Holy See told the United Nations, Christian Telegraph reports according to Catholic News Agency. "All our efforts must be directed to ensure human dignity, quality of health and life and to the building of a better world for the generations to come," said Archbishop Ivan Jurkovic, the Holy See's permanent representative to the United Nations and other international organizations in Geneva.

Robert Jeffress: Why Is Gay Marriage Settled Law but Abortion Not?

Pastor Robert Jeffress thinks the U.S. Supreme Court can overturn legalized abortion, but cannot overturn same-sex "marriage." Enthusiastic Trump supporter and pastor of First Baptist Dallas, Jeffress claimed last week that conservative Christians should give up the fight to overturn the Surpeme Court's redefinition of marriage in Obergefell v. Hodges.

‘Castro’s Death won’t end Repression of Cuban Church’

The death of Cuba's revolutionary leader Fidel Castro will not reduce the harassment and surveillance to which the Church is already subjected, an analyst at the charity Open Doors has warned. Following Castro's death at the age of 90 on Saturday (26 Nov.), Paul Groen told World Watch Monitor: "Fidel's regime really has been a huge source of suffering for the Church," referring to the communist rule instigated by Castro and other revolutionaries in 1959 and continued by Fidel's brother Raul since 2006. "Many leaders don't expect any immediate change. Raúl Castro will continue governing the way his brother did. This means that the restrictions on the Church that existed before Fidel's death are likely to be maintained, at least until the elections in 2018 when Raúl, who will then be 87, has said he will resign as president."

2 Million Protesters Demand South Korean President Resign Over Major Shaman Cult Scandal

Around 2 million demonstrators in South Korea called for the resignation of President Park Geun-hye on Saturday over a major scandal involving her 60-year-old confidant, who is the daughter of a Shamanistic cult leader. The crowd gathered at the Blue House, the presidential residence, in Seoul to demand Park's resignation over allegations that she allowed Choi Soon-sil, who does not hold an official government post, to mastermind governmental policy and decision making and thereby accumulate millions of dollars in donations to her foundations, according to CNN.

Fidel Castro who Ruled Cuba as a One-Party State for almost Half a Century, has Died

HAVANA, CUBA (ANS - November 26, 2016)-- Former Cuban dictator, Fidel Castro, who led a rebel army to an improbable victory in Cuba, embraced Soviet-style communism and defied the power of 10 US presidents during his almost half-a-century rule, died on Friday, November 25, 2016, at the age 90, in Havana. His younger brother, Raul, who had succeeded him in 2006 as President of Cuba, announced his death late on Friday on state television. Castro came to power in 1959 and ushered in a Communist revolution. He defied the US for decades, surviving many assassination plots.

Sheikh Blames Saudi Arabia for Global Rise of Islamist Terrorism

A leading Islamic scholar has described attacks on Christians by violent Islamic extremists as "heart-breaking" and condemned Islamic extremism as being "exactly the opposite" of what Islam teaches. Sheikh Dr. Umar Al-Qadri argues that the "real offenders of blasphemy" are not people who draw cartoons of Muhammad, but those who commit atrocities in the name of God and Islam.

Victims of Boko Haram, Fulani Violence to Receive Trauma Counselling

A trauma care centre is being constructed in northern Nigeria to support Christians who have suffered religiously motivated violence or abuse at the hands of Boko Haram and Fulani herdsmen. The centre is being built by Open Doors International, a charity which supports Christians under pressure for their faith. In April, the charity took a group of UK-based church leaders to visit the parents of the kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls and Christians in internally displaced people (IDP) camps - in Yola in the north-eastern state of Adamawa, and Jos in the central state of Plateau.

Bulgarian Orthodox Leader Supports ‘Mum, Dad & Kids’ Natural Marriage Initiative in EU

SOFIA, Bulgaria, November 22, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) - The leader of Bulgaria's 4.3 million Orthodox Christians is strongly backing a definition of marriage as between one man and one woman. Pressure from more liberal countries in the European Union (EU) has prompted a "European Citizens' Initiative" dubbed the "Mum, Dad & Kids Initiative." Bulgarian Orthodox Church Patriarch Neophyte sent a letter of support for the initiative that insists on an official common definition of both "marriage" and "family" for the EU. In Patriarch Neophyte's encyclical, he states that Christianity "is the guardian of traditional marriage," and that the Orthodox Church gives her blessing to the initiativ

Supreme Court could be a new Justice or two away from Overturning Gay ‘Marriage’ Law: Christian Attorney

November 18, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) - Liberty Counsel chairman Mat Staver says that if Donald Trump appoints constitutional originalists like the late Antonin Scalia to the Supreme Court, the 2015 Obergefell v Hodges ruling that forced homosexual "marriage" on the states likely will be overturned. "f you nominate someone to the Supreme Court that has a judicial philosophy, not that they're political pro-life vs. pro-abortion, but that they're pro-life in the sense of they know that the Constitution has no basis for abortion," Staver told WND's Radio America in a November 14 interview. "That means that someone's viewing the Constitution based upon the written text. They're not activists.

MPs all Agree: Porn’s Effect on Public Health in Canada needs to be Addressed

OTTAWA, Ontario, November 16, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) - A Conservative member's motion to study the health impact of pornography won rare unanimous support of all parties and members in the House of Commons. Northern Alberta MP Arnold Viersen, the driving force behind M-47, told the House that "as a first-term MP, the impact of violent and sexually explicit material was not an issue I expected to bring forward when arriving here a year ago, nor was it on my radar."

Moldova - Striving to make a Difference Despite Corruption and Suspicion

Moldova is the poorest country in Europe. To the east, cushioned between the Ukraine and Romania, and currently in the process of applying for European Union membership, it has this weekend decided its new President will be the pro-Russian candidate, who wants to reverse integration into the EU. (The winner, Igor Dodon, didn't poll quite enough votes to win in the first election round at the end of October).

Update: Another Chibok schoolgirl escapes with baby

A Nigerian Government spokesman, Sani Usman, told media another girl, believed to be one of the nearly 300 Chibok school girls kidnapped by the radical Islamic group Boko Haram in April 2014, was discovered in Pulka in northern Borno State. Maryam Ali Maiyanga was found by soldiers screening escapees from Boko Haram's base in the Sambisa forest on Saturday morning (5 Nov). She was carrying a 10-month-old baby boy she named Ali when the soldiers found her. "She has been taken to the unit's medical facility for proper medical check-up," said Usman.

Update: Nigeria: Suspects in Blasphemy Case Released

A court in Nigeria's northern city of Kano has freed five people detained in relation with the killing of a pastor's wife who had been accused of blasphemy. Bridget Agbahime, 74, wife of Mike Agbahime, pastor of Deeper Life Bible Church in Kano, was ambushed by angry mob on 2 June 2016 for allegedly blaspheming against Islam's prophet. The freed suspects, Dauda Ahmed, Abdulmumeen Mustafa, Zubairu Abubakar, Abdullahi Abubakar and Musa Abdullahi were discharged on 3 Nov. at the directive of the Kano State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, who told the court that they have no case against the suspects.

Alqosh, the Last Christian Town in Iraq, is here to stay

For more than two years it lasted, just minutes away from Islamic State-held territory. The Iraqi town of Alqosh (50km north of Mosul) is the only Christian stronghold in the country that survived IS. Looking for signs of hope for the future of Christianity in Iraq? This town, with its four churches, two monasteries and 500 Christian families, is where it can be found.

The Cross Returned To The Christian Villages in Iraq After Being Deemed illegal by IS

There were tears, soldiers praying, priests singing. This was the moment thousands of Iraqi Christians had been waiting for: the Cross, symbol of Christ's victory over evil, deemed illegal by IS, had returned to the Christian villages in Iraq's Nineveh Plain. This came as news continues to emerge of more villages reclaimed from the Islamic State (IS), and more signs of destruction become apparent. As soon as it was remotely safe, the priests got into a car and were escorted back to their villages. In Christian villages like Karamles and Qaraqosh - half an hour's drive east of Mosul - they were among the first non-combatants to return now the villages have been liberated from IS occupation.

Fr. Pavone on US election: It’s ‘time for Repentance’ Over Abortion, not Just Debates

NEW YORK, September 28, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) - "It is time for repentance" more than political debates and polls, Priests for Life National Director Father Frank Pavone said before the first presidential debate Monday. "As debates about issues, policies, and polls dominate the airwaves today, we at Priests for Life want to raise the call for repentance," Pavone said. "In particular, Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party need to repent of their unmitigated support of abortion, which kills over a million babies in America every year."

Over 1 Million March in Mexico Against Same-Sex ‘Marriage’

MEXICO, September 12, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) - More than one million Mexicans across 122 cities marched in support of marriage and the natural family on Saturday in response to President Enrique Peña Nieto's moves to enshrine same-sex "marriage" in the nation's Constitution.