Archive of December 13, 2018

House passes farm bill and controversial rule on Yemen debate

Dec 13, 2018 - 07:00 pm .- An agriculture bill supported by a coalition of Catholic groups passed the House of Representatives on Wednesday with bipartisan support. During debate over the bill, lawmakers also passed a controversial rule regarding debate on US involvement in Yemen.

Trial begins for priest accused of assaulting San Diego seminarian

Dec 13, 2018 - 05:00 pm .- A trial began Tuesday for the San Diego priest accused of sexually assaulting a seminarian in February. The alleged victim testified Wednesday that the priest groped him in a restaurant bathroom.

Ohio 'heartbeat abortion' ban advances toward governor's veto decision

Dec 13, 2018 - 04:40 pm .- The Ohio Senate has passed a modified bill to ban abortions when the unborn child has a detectable heartbeat, and backers could have enough votes to override a promised veto from Gov. John Kasich.

Australian PM promises bill to protect against religious discrimination

Dec 13, 2018 - 03:51 pm .- Amid competing claims of religious freedom rights and LBGT rights, the Australian prime minister said Thursday the government will next year introduce a bill to protect against discrimination based on religious belief or activity.

Bill recognizing 'reproductive rights' as human rights introduced in US House

Dec 13, 2018 - 02:21 pm .- A bill was introduced Monday in the US House of Representatives to require that the State Department include “reproductive rights” in its annual human rights report.

Michigan lawmakers approve ban on telemedicine abortion pill prescriptions

Dec 13, 2018 - 11:14 am .- Michigan has passed a bill that would continue to prohibit doctors from prescribing abortion-inducing drugs through a teleconference call, permanently extending a ban that first took effect in 2012. 

Pakistani province announces plan to protect religious minorities

Dec 13, 2018 - 10:40 am .- A Pakistani official announced this week a new “Minorities Empowerment Package” and the creation of a task force to ensure the rights of religious minorities in the province of Punjab.  

Pope Francis tells Catholic TV journalists to be 'channels' of peace

Dec 13, 2018 - 09:55 am .- Pope Francis told a Catholic media group Thursday to be avenues of God’s peace, sharing the stories of the poor, the least, and the voiceless.

Pope Francis to visit Mother Teresa's birthplace in 2019

Dec 13, 2018 - 05:39 am .- The Vatican announced Thursday that Pope Francis will travel to Bulgaria and Macedonia May 5-7, 2019, with a stop in Mother Teresa's hometown of Skopje.

For homeless students in New York City, challenges abound

Dec 13, 2018 - 03:21 am .- As rent prices increase in New York City, so does its homeless population, affecting not only adults throughout the city but children as well.