A Sept. 25 referendum in Iraqi Kurdistan triggered a hostile reaction from the Iraqi government, in which two millennia of Christianity in Iraq could be wiped out completely if war breaks out between Iraqi forces and Kurdish nationalists.
Pope Francis states capitol punishment “”heavily wounds human dignity” and is an “inhuman measure” as he marks the 25th anniversary of the Catechism of the Catholic Church at the Vatican Oct. 11.
The leaders of the National Catholic Committee on Scouting, which has its headquarters in the Dallas suburb of Irving, said they “accept and work with the new membership policy of the Boy Scouts of America” to admit girls.
In a one-page order, the U.S. Supreme Court Oct. 10 dismissed an appeal in one of the legal challenges of President Donald Trump’s now-expired travel ban.
Parishes preparing for the future will evolve to meet the habits of millennial-age believers who are marrying and starting families.
An Environmental Protection Agency decision to roll back an Obama-era regulation to curb carbon dioxide emissions from power plants met with disapproval and pledges to work to keep key components of the plan in place from Catholic organizations.
Pope Francis said in a message Oct. 6 to a canon law conference in Rome, the Catholic Church’s Code of Canon Law is an instrument that must serve the church’s pastoral mission of bringing God’s mercy to all and leading them to salvation.
The Trump administration Oct. 6 issued interim rules expanding the exemption to the contraceptive mandate for religious employers, such as the Little Sisters of the Poor, who object on moral grounds to covering contraceptive and abortion-inducing drugs and devices in their employee health insurance.
U.S. Rep. Chris Smith, R-New Jersey, blasted unnamed “career staff” at the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development for inaction that he said will lead to further genocide of Christians, Yezidis and other religious minorities in Iraq at the hands of Islamic State militants.
Emphasizing the hope for a nuclear-free world, the Nobel committee announced its decision to award the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons.
Pope Francis welcomed to the Vatican participants from an international congress designed to get faith communities, police, software and social media industries, mass media, nonprofits and governments working together to better protect minors.