The US Supreme Court has handed a temporary victory to a small Christian college that had challenged the federal mandate requiring coverage of contraceptives in employee health-care programs.
Pope Francis said he shared the "indescribable pain” of the families of three Israeli teens killed in the West Bank, as well as all the "pain of all people stricken by the consequences of hatred.” He also asked God "to inspire in all thoughts of compassion and peace.” The three students, Eyal Yifrah, Gilad Shaar and Naftali Fraenkel, disappeared on June 12 as they hitchhiked in the southern portion of the West Bank. The Israeli Army found their bodies on Monday, June 30, near the city of Hebron.
In the aftermath of the Hobby Lobby decision, feminists have complained that the Supreme Court has made it impossible for women to control their own fertility. Am I missing something?
The extremist Sunni insurgency that has captured territory in Iraq and Syria has declared itself an Islamic "caliphate" and called on factions worldwide to pledge their allegiance. The move is an expansion of the group's ambitions to wage a holy war and pose a direct challenge to the central leadership of Al Qaeda, which has already disowned it.
People should not be treated as pawns on the chessboard of humanity, said Pope Francis last year in a message published August 5 on the theme of refugees. Unfortunately this is what so often happens, as the latest Global Trends report published by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) pointed out. The June 20 report said that there are currently more than 50 million people who have been forced to flee their homes, including around 9 million in Syria alone.
Pope Francis expressed his concern for the situation in Iraq, where ISIS militants sparked a conflict leaving thousands of victims so far.
On June 30, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Hobby Lobby and similar employers cannot be forced to comply with the federal contraception mandate against their religious beliefs. In a 5-4 decision, the court ruled that the federal government had failed to prove that the mandate was the least restrictive means of advancing its goal of providing free birth control to women.
While the evolution of language has, with technology, become all the more rapid, language remains one of the most vital tools underpinning a society. It is language that shapes reality for the members of a society, allowing us to attach meanings to things. Words convey reality and the better a language is used, the more precisely concepts can be understood. Inversely, the poor use of language can misinform a person or a whole society, about a particular truth.
The Irish government is finalizing the parameters of a judicial inquiry into church-run state-funded mother and baby homes. The inquiry comes amid increased disquiet about some of the reporting of the original story of St. Mary's Home in Tuam, run by the Bon Secours congregation of nuns.
The bishops of Nigeria have criticised the government's corruption and lack of administration in the wake of the Boko Haram kidnapping another 60 Nigerian girls.
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