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Photos for April 2017

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Anastasia Lin, actress, human rights advocate and Miss World Canada, was the keynote speaker at the Sixth Annual Parliamentary Forum on Religious Freedom in Ottawa April 3. Lin was denied a visa by the Chinese government and denounced by the Chinese media after she spoke out about human rights abuses in her homeland. Lin, 27, starred in The Bleeding Edge, a 2016 movie that sheds light on human organ harvesting in China. The film won a Gabriel Award sponsored by the Catholic Academy of Communication Professionals. The award honors excellence in film, network, cable television, radio, and social media for “work that entertains and enriches with a true vision of humanity and a true vision of life.”

Chinese-born Human rights activist and Miss World Canada Anastasia Lin describes a method of torture used in China to make people renounce their religious beliefs. She was the keynote speaker at the Sixth Annual Parliamentary Forum on Religious Freedom in Ottawa April 3. Lin, 27 was denied a visa by the Chinese government and denounced by the Chinese media after she spoke out about human rights abuses in her homeland. Lin starred in The Bleeding Edge, a 2016 movie that sheds light on human organ harvesting in China. The film won a Gabriel Award sponsored by the Catholic Academy of Communication Professionals. The award honors excellence in film, network, cable television, radio, and social media for “work that entertains and enriches with a true vision of humanity and a true vision of life.”

Canada’s first and only Ambassador for Religious Freedom, Andrew Bennett, spoke at the Sixth Annual Parliamentary Forum on Religious Freedom in Ottawa April 3. He said China remains unmoved when it comes to improving its record on human rights and suggested the Holy See “be careful about whom they are engaging with because there seems to be no desire on the part of the Chinese government to shift their approach, certainly not with Catholics.”

 

David Mulroney, former Canadian Ambassador to China, speaks at the Sixth Annual Parliamentary Forum on Religious Freedom in Ottawa April 3. Mulroney, now President of St. Michael’s College in Toronto, said China’s leaders are “deeply fearful of any manifestation of religious belief,” and are “limited by an ideology that can’t see anything beyond the communist vision.”

Archbishop Luigi Bonazzi, the pope’s representative in Canada, arrives at the John A. MacDonald Building across from Parliament Hill, to attend the Sixth Annual Parliamentary Forum on Religious Freedom in Ottawa April 3.