Pope Francis is to meet President Barack Obama when he makes his first visit to the US in September. President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will welcome the Pope to the White House on September 23. “During the visit, the president and the Pope will continue the dialogue which they began during the president’s visit to the Vatican in March 2014, on their shared values and commitments on a wide range of issues,” said a White House statement.
It feels like every week now there’s news of another potential ‘cut’ to the Australian foreign aid program. But is all the fuss just a result of a few radical ‘lefties’, idealistic youngsters and ‘social-justicesy’ types crying foul over a little bit of missing change? Exactly how bad is the current state of affairs surrounding Australia’s aid giving? You’re about to find out.
Co-pilot crashed plane deliberately, says French prosecutorCo-pilot named as Andreas Lubitz, a 27-year-old German citizenVillagers in Alps prepare for arrival of families
Star Wars fans have been warned to stay far, far, away from a Tunisian town that was the inspiration for Luke Skywalker’s home planet of Tatooine — due to a threat of being taken hostage by ISIS.The dusty desert town of Tataouine, Tunisia has recently been overrun with bloodthirsty jihadists who have pledged their allegiance to the Islamic State, according to CNN.
After a Germanwings Airbus carrying 150 people crashed Tuesday in the French Alps, the Holy See has assured the Pope's prayers for the departed and has offered solidarity with the victims’ families.
Germanwings flight 4U9525 crashed in the French Alps and none of the 150 people on board are thought to have survived. Lufthansa vice-president Heike Birlenbach said the company is treating the crash as an accident, but French prime minister Manual Valls said “no hypothesis” could be ruled out for the downed flight traveling from Barcelona to Düsseldorf.
China will not compromise with the Vatican regarding the appointment of new bishops, writes Father Bernardo Cervellera of the AsiaNews service.
A Catholic-owned company’s victory in its fight against a federal mandate to cover drugs and procedures that violate Catholic moral teaching shows the importance of putting God first, one of its co-owners has said.
The Grand Mufti of Australia, Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohamed, has travelled to Indonesia to plead for the lives of the two Australians who face execution by firing squad at any time. In an unprecedented intervention, Australia's most senior cleric met with Indonesia's Religious Affairs Minister, urging clemency for Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.
The US Supreme Court has set aside an appeals court’s ruling that denied the University of Notre Dame an injunction against the enforcement of the Obama administration’s contraceptive mandate.
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