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Matthew Olson here seeks to provide Catholic analysis of issues.
Matthew Olson here seeks to provide Catholic analysis of issues.

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"Unlike in the United States, the government funds religious schools in Ireland, and about 96 percent of elementary schools in the country are under the patronage of a religious group, and approximately 90 percent of these schools are run by the Catholic Church."
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"Luis Almagro, secretary general of the Organization of American States, which on Wednesday passed a resolution condemning human rights abuses by Nicaraguan security forces, tweeted that all sides must return to the dialogue mediated by Nicaragua’s Episcopal Conference."
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"The funding was managed by a committee of the Church of England – the state church in the country – and the report said the Cathedral Repairs Fund helped Catholic dioceses increase their confidence in applying for funds in the future. (Unlike in the United States, there are no legal barriers for Churches to apply for government funds to finance building maintenance.)"
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"We decided to convene a ministerial on religious freedom because we don’t think that enough attention has been given to the persecution of Christian minorities around the world. This will be a three-day event focused on building consensus and generating action. We want this to be a very result-based ministerial. We have more than 60 foreign delegations confirmed and almost 300 NGOs are participating."
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"A places of worship fund, or 'FEC', in the Italian Interior Ministry actually holds control over the Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence as well as Santa Maria sopra Minerva and Santa Andrea della Valle in Rome. In total, FEC manages over 820 churches on the boot-shaped peninsula. Ravasi said that the question regarding rundown or vacant churches also has a geographical aspect, since it concerns countries with different issues and challenges, but most of all it plays into the cultural and social context. 'The phenomenon is one of the mirrors of the decline of religious practice and the clergy, of the progress of secularization,' the Vatican culture czar said. The issue is especially relevant in Italy, Ravasi added, due to the sheer number of churches. There is a constellation of over 100,000 churches in Italy, though only about 65,000 continue to be managed by the bishops. The others are either under the FEC or owned by private entities."
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"From a realpolitik point of view, one could argue that he would have increased his leverage both with Rome and the rest of the Orthodox world by showing up; in terms of more idealistic considerations, one could also suggest that petty doctrinal differences should yield to the pressing cause of a united Christian witness in favor of Middle East peace. It should be said, by the way, that Kirill’s non-attendance doesn’t mean that Catholics and the Russian Orthodox can’t come together for the Middle East; in fact, the TASS news agency recently reported that the two sides will collaborate on rebuilding churches in Syria destroyed by ISIS."
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