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Vatican defends pope Iraq trip as virus hits as act of love

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican is defending Pope Francis’ decision to go ahead with his trip to Iraq this weekend despite rising coronavirus infections there, saying Tuesday all health care precautions have been taken and that the trip is an “act of love for this land, for its people, and for its Christians.” Francis … Read more

Iran “can’t act with impunity. Be careful”

President Biden said Friday that Thursday night’s airstrike against facilities tied to an Iranian-backed militia group in Syria was meant to warn Iran that it “can’t act with impunity.” Driving the news: The Pentagon said the airstrike, which was authorized by Biden, was carried out “in response to recent attacks against American and Coalition personnel … Read more

Merkel says Germany didn’t act quickly enough

BERLIN — Chancellor Angela Merkel says Germany didn’t act quickly enough last fall to prevent a second surge in coronavirus infections. “We didn’t shut down public life early enough or systematically enough amid signs of a second wave and warnings from various scientists,” she told lawmakers Thursday. Merkel and the governors of Germany’s 16 states … Read more

Prison Fellowship to Lawmakers: Act Now on Police and Justice Reform

In the wake of nationwide protests in the United States and around the world, Prison Fellowship calls on lawmakers to ‘be a voice for our brothers and sisters of color’ and pass reform legislation. NEWS PROVIDED BYPrison FellowshipJune 25, 2020 WASHINGTON, June 25, 2020 /Christian Newswire/ — Prison Fellowship®, the nation’s largest Christian nonprofit serving … Read more

Congress Must Act on Religious Institutions

NEWS PROVIDED BYCatholic League for Religious and Civil RightsJune 19, 2020 NEW YORK, June 19, 2020 /Christian Newswire/ — Catholic League president Bill Donohue (photo) comments on why Congress needs to step up its game: In response to the coronavirus pandemic, houses of worship have been closed down in most states for months, and in … Read more

Congress Must Act on Religious Institutions

NEWS PROVIDED BYCatholic League for Religious and Civil RightsJune 19, 2020 NEW YORK, June 19, 2020 /Christian Newswire/ — Catholic League president Bill Donohue (photo) comments on why Congress needs to step up its game: In response to the coronavirus pandemic, houses of worship have been closed down in most states for months, and in … Read more