UK Denies asylum to Iranian convert to Christianity, saying the religion is not 'peaceful'

The U.K. government agency in charge of immigration has come under fire for denying political asylum to an Iranian convert to Christianity and explaining its decision on its contention that the religion is not peaceful. ☩ Elizabeth Llorente at Fox News

US Bishops: Equality Act Will Hurt More Than Help

Legislation would add anti-discrimination protections for sexual orientation and gender identity, but the USCCB expressed concern about threats to freedom and safety. ☩ Catholic News Agency via National Catholic Register

Financial worries? Here’s some powerful Scripture to help allay your fears

When times get tough, the Bible can add a lot of helpful perspective. ☩ Cerith Gardiner at Aleteia

American Pope? Rare, Report from Pope Francis’s election reveals who got votes

A rare, leaked report about a papal election revealed great uncertainty in the 2013 picking of Pope Francis. . .for the first time top spots for an American & a Canadian. ☩ Michelle Boorstein at The Washington Post

Catholic Priest Stabbed During Mass at St. Joseph’s Oratory in Montreal

Fr. Claude Grou was taken to a local hospital in an ambulance and is in stable condition. ☩ Catholic News Agency via National Catholic Register

Pope accepts the resignation of Chilean cardinal who faces abuse cover-up probe

As was the case with the previous seven Chilean bishops whose resignations Francis accepted in the past year, the Vatican failed to provide an official explanation for Ezzati’s departure ☩ Inés San Martín at Crux

Prayers for Cardinal Pell

☩ Deborah Gyapong at The Anglicanorum Coetibus Society

Your Closet: More Chant Less Chaos

☩ Meghan Ashley Styling

Pope Leo XIII Teaches Fundraising

☩ Brice Sokolowski at

Knockin’ on Heaven’s Doors: Peter Kreeft Points to the Good, True & Beautiful

Book Pick: Doors in the Walls of the World: Signs of Transcendence in the Human Story ☩ Timothy D. Lusch at National Catholic Register

Abortion Kills More Than Babies

Abortion Corrupts the Nature of Women and Men ☩ Jennifer Hartline at The Stream

A Victim of Catholic Clergy Sexual Assault Speaks Out

Commentary: Let us unite in bringing the darkness to light and healing to all. ☩ Krista Keil at National Catholic Register

The Danger of Conflating Sexual Abuse With Abuse of Power

Commentary: The February summit of bishops at the Vatican signaled a turning point in how the Church is framing sexual abuse. ☩ Fr. Raymond J. de Souza at National Catholic Register

San Antonio Calls Chick-Fil-A Store a “Symbol of Hate,” Bans Christian Business From Airport

The persecution of Christian businesses continues. ☩ Steven Ertelt at Life News

Archbishop Chaput to College Students: Following God’s Will Is Answer to Dark Times

‘There’s some good in the world, and it’s worth fighting for,’ he told them, quoting The Lord of the Rings. ☩ Catholic News Agency via National Catholic Register

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