Global Sisters Report welcomes a new columnist who will be blogging weekly about women religious in mainstream media. This is her first post.
Commentary: Few Catholics objected last year when the new pope cranked up the engine of financial reform within the Vatican as one of his first orders of business.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hegel has put forward a new Pentagon budget totaling $496 billion for the 2015 fiscal year.
It is often difficult to accept the reality that certain long held beliefs may no longer be true. An important article in The New Yorker challenges some traditional beliefs about social mobility in the United States.
I'm glad Russia won the Olympic team figure skating gold medal. Sure, I thought Gracie Gold's and Jason Brown's scores were a little low, and perhaps the Russians' a little high. I want to win. That's in me, too, like everybody. But we can't win 'em all. The Olympics always make me acutely aware of how intensely the U.S. wants to win. I hate that "U-S-A" chant.
Morning Briefing: Boy Scout troops kicked out of church; North Korea found guilty of crimes against humanity; Pope Francis meets with cardinals.
Because it's difficult to legally buy a gun in Mexico, "illicit firearms are responsible for all the gun deaths. And it is the U.S. ... making this gun trafficking possible."
Mexico, a state with only one gun shop in the entire country, is awash in firearms, many of them from the United States.
Just Catholic: The UN reports that at any given time, 2.5 million trafficking victims fuel a $32 billion industry. For every 800 persons trafficked, there is one conviction.
Thailand is struggling to curb trafficking amid international pressure, and dozens of American groups have entered the country to fight the issue.