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Pope Francis shouldn’t risk going to Myanmar

(RNS) — Next week Pope Francis will visit Myanmar, where he risks either compromising his moral authority or putting in danger the Christians of that country. I have great admiration for the pope and his abilities, but someone should have talked him out of making this visit.

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Empower women by standing for religious freedom

(RNS) On Human Rights Day — as we commemorate the U.N. General Assembly’s adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights — we call for the release of six female prisoners of conscience and for governments to honor religious freedom.