The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom included India on its list of Tier 2 countries, worthy of close monitoring due to religious freedom violations within their borders.
Robert P. George
In today's Republican Party, a number of factors have forged a new religious identity that supersedes familiar old categories.
The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) has strongly condemned the death sentence against Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag, a Sudanese Christian woman accused of apostasy. Ibrahim was sentenced to death by hanging on May 15 after she refused to recant her faith. She also was sentenced to 100 lashes for adultery because although she was raised a Christian, the court considers her a Muslim and therefore not married to her Christian husband.
The Boston cardinal recalled his early years of ordained ministry at the Spanish Catholic Center in Washington, "an uplifting experience in my life."