Posts Tagged ‘US State Department’

China increasing measures to repress religions

Thursday, June 18th, 2020

The communist government in China is increasing measures to repress religions, including its mass detention of people. These and other measures to repress religions are part of China’s accelerated sinicization that clamps down on freedom of religion, according to the US State Department’s 2019 International Religious Freedom Report. The annual report released last week, says Read more

US-Iraq deal sees many Chaldean Christians arrested

Thursday, June 15th, 2017

Dozens of Chaldean Christians were arrested by federal immigration officials over the weekend in the Detroit metropolitan area. The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) who carried out the arrests, said in negotiations with the U.S. Iraq had “agreed to accept” the individuals. ICE said those arrested had criminal convictions, including for murder, rape, assault, Read more

Vatican downplays controversy over US embassy move

Friday, November 29th, 2013

A Vatican spokesman said the decision of the US State Department to move the Vatican embassy to a compound shared with the US Embassy in Italy was well within the Holy See’s requirements for embassies, adding that relations with the United States are far from strained. Rev. Thomas Rosica, a Canadian priest who works with Read more

US State Department seeks more engagement with faith leaders

Friday, August 9th, 2013

The US State Department will be reaching out more to religious leaders and communities at home and abroad, news reports quoted Secretary of State John Kerry. Kerry announced on Wednesday the creation of a new “Office of Faith-Based Community Initiatives” within the State Department. “I want you to go out and engage religious leaders and Read more