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April 16, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — Austin Ruse has a new book out. It’s called Under Siege: No Finer Time to Be a Faithful Catholic. It’s an excellent overview of just how much the world is engulfed in sin and darkness. It’s also an optimistic book that argues Catholics are blessed to be alive in this period of history.

“There’s not a lot you need to do to make the world a better place these days because we are awash in problems,” Austin told me on my show today. “We live in a target-rich environment for doing good.”

For those who don’t know, Austin Ruse is the president of the Center for Family and Human Rights at the United Nations.

Despite having what he calls “theological hope,” he did warn that “a new state Church” is rising in America and Canada, and that it’s been able to position itself as an established religion.

“All these things are a new religion,” he said, referring to the widespread acceptance of abortion, transgenderism, and secularism. 

“In the book … I don’t go into gross detail … but I do go through a broad range of issues that show how dark the world is that we’re really living in.”

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John-Henry is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of He and his wife Dianne and their eight children live in the Ottawa Valley in Ontario, Canada.

He has spoken at conferences and retreats, and appeared on radio and television throughout North America, Europe and Asia. John-Henry founded the Rome Life Forum an annual strategy meeting for pro-life leaders worldwide. He co-founded Voice of the Family and serves on the executive of the Canadian National March for Life Committee, and the annual National Pro-Life Youth Conference.

He is a consultant to Canada’s largest pro-life organization Campaign Life Coalition, and serves on the executive of the Ontario branch of the organization.  He has run three times for political office in the province of Ontario representing the Family Coalition Party.

John-Henry earned an MA from the University of Toronto in School and Child Clinical Psychology and an Honours BA from York University in Psychology.


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