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USAID can maximize help to Middle East religious minorities

By Andrea Picciotti-Bayer The Trump administration will begin directing U.S. dollars away from ineffective UN relief projects to on-the ground projects run by faith-based and private organizations approved by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) for persecuted religious minorities in the Middle East….

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Judged for Being Catholic

By Ashley McGuire and Andrea Picciotti-Bayer US News and World Report   So much for the sisterhood. In a confirmation hearing for Prof. Amy Barrett’s nomination to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, Sen. Diane Feinstein, D-Calif., ripped into Barrett for her Roman Catholic beliefs….

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What a papal visit means to Colombians

By Andrea Picciotti-Bayer Pope Francis has arrived in Colombia for an unprecedented four-day trip. The press is highlighting the peace accord between the country’s president Manuel Santos and leftist guerrillas, but for most Colombians who will attend the Pope’s gatherings and Masses, this visit is…

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Trump’s new religious freedom chief has his work cut out for him

BY ANDREA PICCIOTTI-BAYER The nomination of Governor Sam Brownback for ambassador at-large for international religious freedom (IRF) provides a bright light of hope for those suffering religious persecution throughout the world. In Governor Brownback, President Trump has nominated a superbly qualified champion of international religious freedom possessing…

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Book Review: Religious Liberty vs. Anti-Discrimination

By ANDREA PICCIOTTI-BAYER In a new book, three scholars make the argument that a pluralistic society can be both pragmatic and principled. Thanks to the work of three young American scholars, a new and invaluable primer is the latest tool helping to make sense of the…

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Book Review: Cardinal Sarah against the dictatorship of noise

By Andrea Picciotti-Bayer Cardinal Robert Sarah, in his new book The Power of Silence: Against the Dictatorship of Noise, offers a profound examination of the silence that “leads us toward God and others so as to place ourselves humbly and generously at their service.” The initial inspiration…

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Philly’s Archbishop Chaput looks at living faith in America

What happens when religion is no longer part of our shared common culture in America?  In his new book, Strangers in a Strange Land: Living the Catholic Faith in a Post-Christian World, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia provides a candid diagnosis of the ills…

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Andrea Picciotti-Bayer Reviews “Littlest Suffering Souls”

By Andrea Picciotti-Bayer Rather than taking on complex political or moral issues of the day as he is so skillfully able to do, Austen Ruse, President of the Center for Family and Human Rights, in his new book Littlest Suffering Souls recounts the lives of three saintly children…

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TCA Files Amicus Brief in Pregnancy Center Case

On April 3, The Catholic Association, in conjunction with Baltimore attorney Jack Terziu, filed its first-ever friend of the court brief in the case of Greater Baltimore Center for Pregnancy Concerns v. Mayor and City Council of Baltimore. At the crux of the case is…

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Trump, global religious freedom needs US ambassador to lead

By Andrea Picciotti-Bayer The University of Notre Dame’s Center for Ethics and Culture and the Religious Freedom Institute just held a day-long symposium on the persecution of Christians world-wide. Government officials, business leaders, academics, human-rights and religious leaders gathered at the National Press Club to…

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