After global powers reached an agreement with Iran Tuesday limiting the country’s nuclear activity, the Vatican said the deal was an important step and expressed their hope the fruits would spread to more than just the nuclear field.
The jihadist group Boko Haram unleashed a wave of violence in Nigeria in recent days, leaving over 60 dead, according to an Associated Press report. In Potiskum, a town in Yobe State in northeastern Nigeria, a female suicide bomber killed six at an evangelical Christian church during a July 5 service.
It is disappointingly predictable that the media is obsessed by a slim majority activist US Supreme Court decision to legalise same-sex marriage. At the same time there have been no reports of an elected representative vote in another country of 110-26 against same-sex marriage. While we have heard much about the US Supreme Court's extraordinary ruling that a right to marry someone of the same sex has – somehow – always been constitutional, there's been hardly any mention about last week's overwhelming vote against gay marriage in the Austrian legislature.
Pope Francis has consolidated and elevated the level of importance of the Vatican's different communications enterprises, creating a new high-level Secretariat for Communications tasked with carrying out work before undertaken by nine separate offices.
At least 66 people have been killed in attacks claimed by Islamist militants in Tunisia, Kuwait and France in a day of worldwide bloodshed, with several leaders condemning the incidents as acts of "terror" and mobilising security forces.
International police including Australia will next month set up a new police unit specifically tasked with shutting down social media accounts used by Islamic State to recruit foreign youth and spread their messages of hate.
Hundreds of people packed a sweltering Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston for an emotional memorial service on Sunday just days after a gunman, identified by authorities as a 21-year-old white man, shot dead nine black church members.
A 21-year-old man suspected of killing nine people at a historic African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina, has been arrested. Police said Dylann Roof, of Lexington, South Carolina, was detained during a traffic stop in Shelby, North Carolina.
Brother David Johnson is a Denver native who travelled to Syria five years ago. While there, Johnson discovered his vocation and learned about the power of prayer and faith in God. He shared the story of his kidnapping and the miracle of his release in this video.
During a meeting with organizations that help Christians in the Middle East and Eastern Churches, the cardinal Leonardo Sandri discussed what life is like for hundreds of thousands of persecuted Christians: "Vilified, kidnapped, assassinated for being of Christ.” The Pope echoed the cardinal's statements with a forceful speech condemning indifference toward the tragedy. He asked people not to have double standards.
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