Iowa Catholic leaders, interfaith leaders, clean energy advocates and others encouraged Iowans to take action in light of Pope Francis' historic encyclical on the environment, "Laudato Si', on Care for Our Common Home."
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The Iowa Supreme Court ruled Friday that women in Iowa may obtain a medically induced abortion without an in-person examination by a physician.
Abortions by telemedicine -- or "webcam" abortions as they are known -- take place when a woman gets a chemical abortion without any doctor being physically present.
The patient consults with the doctor via webcam at a clinic and the doctor remotely activates a drawer in an examination room that opens to provide the woman with abortion drugs, such as RU-486.
Despite the name, the Iowa Hunger Summit, held here Oct. 14, is not solely concerned with food insecurity among the people of Iowa, but also throughout the United States and other countries of the world.
The state of Iowa, as the country's leader in corn production, seems to be a fitting place for the summit to happen every fall. This year, the summit celebrated the centennial anniversary of the birth of native son and Nobel Prize winner Dr. Norman Borlaug, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970 for his efforts to end world hunger.
Eco Catholic: Sanjaya Rajaram's research focused on the development of over 480 different varieties of wheat used in 51 countries by small- and large-scale farmers.
Global Sisters Report: An estimated 300 people gathered at the Iowa Capitol to send the Nuns on the Bus off on their third annual tour.
When Edwin "Bud" Skalla died in November, he left nearly 860 acres of farmland and other assets, including diamond rings, a Rolex and a Cadillac, to 13 southwest Iowa parishes.
Eco Catholic: Cardinal Peter Turkson, undaunted by the mindset of his audience, used his keynote speech to promote caution when it comes to GMOs.
Eco Catholic: The question of how to feed an estimated 9 billion people by 2050 drew experts from around the world to Iowa for the annual World Food Prize conference.
The world's current food problems can be linked to a global loss of faith, Ghana's Cardinal Peter Turkson told a standing-room-only crowd Wednesday night.
"The challenge that is facing us is that [the earth] belongs to God in the first place," he said. "It is entrusted to us, given to us in custody, but we may never accept or pretend that we are responsible for this."
Eco Catholic: Cardinal Peter Turkson spoke with members of Occupy the World Food Prize on Wednesday, vowing to be a voice for them with the church.