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Pompeo: Religious freedom is ‘a universal human right’

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The government of Burma forced 700,000 of the Rohingya Muslim minority to flee their country. Here Rohingya people try to cross the border into Bangladesh in 2017. (© Stringer/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)   By : Mark Trainer   Secretary of State Mike Pompeo describes religious freedom as “a right belonging to every …

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Pope Francis speaks of religion as a uniting force

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Pope Francis lights candles at the Vatican before leaving for the United Arab Emirates. (© Gregorio Borgia/AP Images)   By :  ShareAmerica / IENA-NEWS   During his visit to Abu Dhabi on February 4, Pope Francis asked, “How, in short, can religions be channels of fraternity rather than barriers of separation?”

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Who are the Uighurs?

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Uighur man in Hotan, Xinjiang, China. Like many other cities with Uighur populations, Hotan is under severe police monitoring. (© Elizabeth Dalziel/AP Images)   By : Leigh Hartman .   The Uighurs are a Muslim ethnic group who have lived in northwest China for centuries. Uighurs predominantly live in Xinjiang, the …

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A declaration of religious freedom [video]

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Jamie Powell holds a picture of her husband, Pastor Cao “John” Sanqiang, who is imprisoned in China. (ShareAmerica)   By :  IENA-NEWS/ ShareAmerica   The Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom, held at the U.S. State Department July 24–26, brought together government officials, religious leaders and members of civil society organizations, as …

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Jehovah’s Witnesses: Champions of religious freedom

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A woman in Russia reads the Bible during a Jehovah’s Witness meeting in 2015. Meetings like this are more difficult since the government banned the group’s religious practice in 2017. (© Alexander Aksakov/The Washington Post/Getty Images)   By : Emily Louise Bowman.   Russia has criminalized the activity of Jehovah’s …

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An iconic Pakistani mosque’s plaza is public once more

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The eastern façade of Pakistan’s Wazir Khan Mosque and its refurbished Chowk (Aga Khan Cultural Service)   By : Lauren Monsen / ShareAmerica.   The 17th-century Wazir Khan Mosque in Lahore is one of Pakistan’s architectural gems, a masterpiece from the Mughal era. But for years the Chowk, or public square, …

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Pompeo: Religious freedom is ‘a universal human right’

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The government of Burma has forced 700,000 of the Rohingya Muslim minority to flee their country. Here Rohingya people try to cross the border into Bangladesh in 2017. (© Stringer/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)   By : Mark Trainer / ShareAmerica.   Secretary of State Pompeo called religious freedom “a right belonging to …

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Where ISIS is defeated, freedom of worship returns

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Iraqi Christians attend a Christmas Eve service on December 24, 2017. (© Safin Hamed/AFP/Getty Images)   By : Mark Trainer / ShareAmerica.   In 2014, ISIS looted and burned St. George’s, a Chaldean Catholic church in the Ninewa Plains of Iraq, beheading members of its congregation on the altar. Three years …

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