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“ A KNIGHT there was, and such a gentleman,
Who from the moment that he first began
To ride about the world loved chivalry
Truth, honour, freedom and all courtesy.”
( General Prologue, The Canterbury Tales)
Andrew Walther, president of EWTN News died in New Haven, Connecticut on the Feast of All Saints after a brief battle with leukemia. He was 45 years old. An ardent Catholic and dedicated family man, Andrew's death came one day after the beatification of the founder of Fr. Michael, McGivney, the Founder of the Knights of Columbus, whose cause he had done everything in his power to advance. Faith and family were the twin forces that animated everything that Andrew did and was.
Andrew’s devastating diagnosis came only a few weeks after his appointment to EWTN in June of this year, following a distinguished career of over 15 years at the Knights of Columbus where he was Vice President of Communications and Strategic Planning. To all these roles, Andrew brought not just immense organizational skills but also an extraordinary creativity, opening up transcendence towards God and people in all his undertakings.
It was however in the persecution of Christians, particularly in the Middle East, where Andrew found his special mission. He saw in the suffering of the Christian survivors of ISIS genocide in Iraq, the suffering of the Body of Christ, and became their devoted defender and advocate. At the Knights of Columbus, he not only raised millions of dollars on their behalf, ensuring their survival at a time when they were largely abandoned by the the US and the UN, but he also raised awareness of their dire situation. The millions he raised through the Knights gave these Christians the means to rebuild their villages and maintain their community’s presence in the cradle of Christianity.
Andrew was a uniquely inspirational figure, who brought vision, energy and efficaciousness to the task of touching hearts and minds in Congress. His considerable organizational skills -including relentless energy and dedication - resulted in a pivotal fact-finding report which led to Secretary of State John Kerry including Nineveh Christians in the US genocide designation against ISIS. Working closely with other heroic advocates like Nina Shea of the Center for Religious Freedom at the Hudson Institute, his actions resulted in both saving thousands of lives and preserving Christianity in Iraq. And in the past 6 months he has brought these same skills and devotion to the cause of saving similarly imperiled Christians sub-Saharan Africa.
Like so many who knew and loved Andrew, I will forever thank God for bringing him into my life, and inspiring in me the passion for those persecuted for their faith that animated him. His legacy will live in all his many friends and admirers, as well as those who did not have the privilege of knowing him in person, but whose lives he lifted up. Andrew shared not only Churchill’s birthday of November 30th, but also Winston's lionhearted courage and resilience.
May he rest in peace.
president of EWTN News, remembered as servant of the Church after death on All Saints' Day
Andrew Thomas Walther, president and chief operating officer of EWTN News, died Sunday evening in New Haven, Connecticut. Remembered first as a loving husband and father, in his life’s work he was dedicated to serving the Catholic Church and defending persecuted religious minorities throughout the world. Walther was 45 years old.
In June, Walther joined EWTN News as president and COO. Shortly thereafter, he was diagnosed with leukemia. During the course of his treatment, Walther continued to lead the EWTN News team and to serve both his family and the Church. Click to finish reading
Dear Members & Friends of The Anglosphere Society (TAS):
The TAS team wish you and all whom you cherish a happy, healthy and safe 2020! We are very grateful for your interest and support of our organization.
One of the key issues that TAS has focused on in the past few years has been religious liberty and the freedom of every individual to practice his or her faith. This freedom – which as Americans we have taken for granted – has come under attack – not just globally but in our own back yard - in ways few of us could have anticipated.
Our organization is dedicated to doing whatever it can to speak out against all forms of religious bigotry and hatred. We invite you to join us now.
“Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.”—Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who lost his life resisting Hitler’s Fascist regime.
The Anglosphere Society and Religious Liberty
Our Fourth Annual Conference on Religious Freedom was held on October 29th in New York. It focused on the growth of religious intolerance globally, including the rise of the new anti-Semitism and new trends in Christian and minority persecution.
In 2020, we are committed to ensure that Christians in the United States speak out for the Jewish community, “our older brothers in the Faith,” as described by Pope St. John Paul. Additional events reflecting this goal are in the works.
2019 was, in the words of the president of the Aid to the Church in Need, “A year of martyrs.”
Consider a few facts:
*The 1.5 million Christians in Iraq before 2003 has shrunk to to perhaps less than 120,000, a decline of up to 90% in a generation, and in Syria, Christian numbers have fallen by two thirds since 2011.
While Western leaders and the UN have expressed their concern, this has not translated into crucially needed aid to that part of the world. In fact, the Church in the region could vanish entirely if radical Islamists were to mount another attack on these vulnerable communities.
*Persecution has worsened the most in South & East Asia, with over 477 anti-Christian attacks reported in India.
*300 people died –with over 500 injured in attacks on churches-- in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, 2019.
*In a number of African countries, Christians were threatened by Islamists seeking to eliminate the Church. In northern Nigeria, militants continued a reign of terror against both Christians and Muslims, resulting in 3,731 Christians reported killed by the end of 2018.
*Just this Christmas, 11 Nigerian Christians hostages were decapitated by Islamic State Terrorists.
* In China, the persecution of over a million Uyghars, as captured in the Western media, has proved that the Chinese government is willing to torture, imprison, and butcher its religious enemies. The persecution of the Christian population continues to intensify as well.
The Western Response:
It is gratifying, however, to see that some politicians and opinion leaders in the United States and Western Europe are now focusing on this situation with a renewed sense of urgency.
The Christmas video message by HRH the Prince of Wales speaks of the growing suffering and persecution of Christians all over the world and calls for solidarity.
Likewise, in one of his earliest speeches following his election victory, Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke out against anti-Semitism in the United Kingdom, as well as in defense of the practice of the Christian faith in Great Britain.
The Hungarian government has continued its heroic support of oppressed Christian communities in biblical lands.
Closer to home, Ambassador Ronald Lauder – a long-term supporter and participant in TAS programs - announced his intention to set up a $25 million fund to combat anti-Semitism.
We are delighted that Mitchell Silber – also a cherished friend of TAS - has been appointed Executive Director of Community Service Initiative, a joint program of the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York and the UJA-Federation of New York. We look forwarding to working closely with this important organization in galvanizing Christian communities in combatting the evil of anti-Semitism in our communities.
One of the lessons of the Holocaust for practicing Christians in a post-Holocaust world is to speak out whenever anti-Semitism rears its ugly head. At a time of year when we celebrate Martin Luther King’s legacy, it is good to remember his words:
“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”
To be decent human beings – let alone people of faith – requires us to raise our voices and be heard on behalf of those with no voice of their own.
The Anglosphere Society is proud of its support of religious liberty, and we very much hope that you will consider joining us by becoming a TAS member and attending our upcoming programs and events.
Would you like to learn more about the crisis that Christians face today, especially in the Middle East? Click here for resources that will enlighten you to only some of the atrocities committed against them.”
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By Frank Wolf, Lela Gilbert | Fox News
One of President Trump’s guests at his State of the Union speech Tuesday was Judah Samet, who received an ebullient welcome and a spontaneous rendition of the “Happy Birthday” song from the audience on his 81st birthday. A Holocaust survivor, Samet emerged alive – once again a survivor – and somehow remained uninjured during the Tree of Life synagogue massacre Oct. 27 in Pittsburgh.
The mass murder at the synagogue marked the end of an era in the United States. A gunman took the lives of 11 Jews in the deadliest anti-Semitic attack in U.S. history, ending an era of peace and security for America’s Jewish community.
20th Anniversary Symposium
The International Religious Freedom Act of 1998
Opening Keynote address by Frank Wolf - Former Representative (R-Va)
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