Pope Francis will address a joint session of the US Congress on September 24. Speaker of the House John Boehner announced the papal appearance on February, noting that Pope Francis "will become the first leader of the Holy See to address a joint meeting of Congress.'
Hosted at the School of Law's Moot Court, Professor Hill, a specialist in law and religious liberty claims, spoke about the importance of religious liberty and discussed a range of religion and the law cases heard by courts in the United Kingdom and by the European Court of Human Rights. His talk focused on recent decisions of the European Court of Human Rights on how to appropriately resolve conflicts between a claim to religious liberty and a claim to be free from discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation.
Jordan has confirmed the death of pilot Moaz al-Kasasbeh after a video published online by Islamic State (IS) claimed to show him being burned alive. The pilot was captured when his plane came down near Raqqa, Syria, in December during a mission against IS. The video posted online on Tuesday was distributed via a Twitter account known as a source for IS propaganda.
Al-Jazeera journalist Peter Greste has been freed and deported from Egypt and flown to Cyprus, bringing an end to 400 days behind bars. The Australian ex-BBC correspondent was arrested in December 2013 and tried on charges that included spreading false news and aiding the Muslim Brotherhood. Two other al-Jazeera men, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed, remain in detention.
The Malaysian government has officially declared the disappearance of Malaysian Airline flight MH370 an accident and says there were no survivors.
In a visit to India, now governed by a Hindu nationalist party, President Barack Obama issued a call for greater respect for religious freedom. “We remember the wisdom of Gandhiji, who said, ‘For me, the different religions are beautiful flowers from the same garden, or they are branches of the same majestic tree,’” said Obama. “Branches of the same majestic tree.”
So the Pope’s got a downer on traditional Catholic families and is taking the same line as Britain's Coalition government: good Catholics shouldn’t breed like rabbits and responsible parenthood entails no more than three children, or at least that’s if you believe the various headlines.
The Japanese government has confirmed the death of Haruna Yukawa, one of the Japanese hostages in the hands of the Islamic State in Syria. The government headed by Shinzo Abe, however, has not responded to the demands of the terrorists, who are demanding a ransom of 200 million dollars as well as the release of prisoner Sajida al-Rishawi (an ISIS member), in exchange for Kenji Goto Jogo, the Japanese Christian journalist still in the hands of the Islamic group.
For the pro-life movement to truly succeed, it must fight not only abortion, but also the broader “throwaway culture” wherever life is being discarded, said Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston at a national pro-life Mass.
Columba McVeigh, a 17-year-old from Northern Ireland, disappeared in 1975. IRA leaders later admitted that McVeigh was among several people who were secretly killed and buried during the “troubles” of the 1970s and 1980s.
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