Archive of March 15, 2018

Haspel CIA nomination raises questions about ‘enhanced interrogation’ and torture

Mar 15, 2018 - 07:00 pm .- Gina Haspel, President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the CIA, oversaw a secret prison in Thailand where US intelligence targets were reportedly subject to waterboarding and other “enhanced interrogation” techniques.

Alleged abuse victims testify against Cardinal Pell at Australian court hearing

Mar 15, 2018 - 05:09 pm .- Alleged victims of abuse of Cardinal George Pell gave testimonies this week during a hearing in an Australian court which will determine if he will face a trial.

New book captures Pope Francis’ reflections on the Our Father

Mar 15, 2018 - 03:37 pm .- In commemoration of the fifth anniversary of Pope Francis’ election to the papacy, Penguin Random House has published a collection of the Pope’s reflections on the Our Father.

The past seven years: A reflection on the Syrian Civil War

Mar 15, 2018 - 03:36 pm .- Seven years ago, on March 15, 2011, the Syrian Civil War began. Since then, the conflict in Syria has forced more than 5.4 million people to flee their home country to neighboring nations, such as Turkey and Lebanon. An addition 6.1 million Syrians are believed to have been internally displaced. And more than 400,000 have lost their lives.

Archdiocese of Mexico backs sentence of priest jailed for abuse

Mar 15, 2018 - 02:58 pm .- The Archdiocese of Mexico reaffirmed its commitment to fighting sexual abuse and expressed its support for the 62-year jail sentence for a priest found guilty of abuse.

Peruvian bishops: Welcome Venezuelan migrants with solidarity

Mar 15, 2018 - 11:07 am .- The Peruvian Bishops' Conference called on the people of the country to act with Christian solidarity toward Venezuelan migrants fleeing hardship in their homeland.

The legacy of Stephen Hawking - a Catholic scientist reflects

Mar 15, 2018 - 10:27 am .- The death of Stephen Hawking this week prompted a leading Catholic scientist to reflect on the life of the famed physicist, including his “astonishing” contributions to physics and his lifelong atheism.

Vatican encourages youth participation in pre-synod meeting via Facebook

Mar 15, 2018 - 12:17 am .- As the pre-synod gathering on youth approaches, Vatican organizers are inviting young people around the globe to join in the discussion through Facebook groups in six different languages.