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Pope Francis calls for universal respect for human rights

The fundamental rights of all human beings, especially the most vulnerable, must be respected and protected in every situation, Pope Francis wrote on Dec. 10 in a message marking Human Rights Day. “While a part of humanity lives in opulence, another part sees their dignity denied, ignored or infringed upon, and their fundamental rights ignored or violated,” he wrote. Such …

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(The Philippines) Christians campaign for Muslim region in Mindanao

Christians in the southern Philippines are throwing their support behind a campaign for the ratification of a law that will pave the way for the creation of an autonomous Muslim region in Mindanao. Father Clifford Baira, social action director of Cotabato Archdiocese, said Christian communities would not oppose the creation of the proposed Bangsamoro region. “Our simple formula is to …

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