In commemoration of the Fortnight for Freedom, the Daily Vine spoke with Julie Aftab, a client at Catholic Charities of Galveston-Houston, about her experiences with religious oppression. Julie, a 25-year-old Pakistani refugee, was brought to the United States after two men attacked her and threw battery acid on her face and body because she refused to denounce her belief in Jesus Christ.
In this short video, Julie shares her story — and talks about why she values religious liberty as a cornerstone of her freedom today.
The Office of Justice and Peace promotes the social mission of the Church. In addition, the Office facilitates opportunities for the Catholic faithful to act on the social teachings of the Church by organizing social action networks in parishes throughout the Archdiocese. The Office also implements the mission of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, the U.S. Bishops’ domestic anti-poverty campaign, by awarding grants to community organizations and economic development projects that achieve systemic change to break the cycle of poverty.