Eco Catholic: U.S. bishops and presidents of Catholic aid agencies sent a letter to the nation’s chief climate negotiator, stressing the need for leadership to reach a global climate agreement.
Repeated calls from Pope Francis for the world to empty its nuclear weapons arsenals are little known and often overlooked, but carry the moral weight of Catholic social teaching, a panel of experts concurred during a panel discussion at the Council on Foreign Relations.
Making a Difference: While this agreement is not perfect -- very few agreements are -- it is a solid, good agreement for the world.
Eco Catholic: "It's a time for the church to be bold, to speak about major issues, and to achieve a new level of relevance in people's lives."
The U.S. Senate in a bipartisan vote Tuesday approved a measure that would prohibit all U.S. government agencies and their agents from using torture as an interrogation technique.
Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, sponsored the anti-torture amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2016.
Pope Francis' coming encyclical on the environment will represent "a significant moment in the life of the church."
Catholic social teaching about the family and the human person "flies in the face of the modern individualist attitudes that pervade our culture."
"The time has come to embrace the abolition of nuclear weapons as an essential foundation of collective security," the Vatican said.
The adoption of a framework related to Iran's nuclear program by the United States and other countries is an important step in "advancing a peaceful resolution" to the questions surrounding the program, the chairman of the U.S. bishop's Committee on International Justice and Peace.
Bishop Oscar Cantu of Las Cruces, N.M., said April 8 in a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry and Monday in letters to every member of Congress that the framework was a milestone in the long-standing negotiations to curb the "unacceptable prospect of Iran developing nuclear weapons."
Catholic advocates are pressing Congress to make the needs of poor and vulnerable people a priority as legislators hammer out a federal spending plan for 2016.
The advocates told Catholic News Service they want to prevent trillions of dollars in social services spending from disappearing over the next decade as Congress seeks to balance the federal budget and reduce the nation's growing debt.
Their actions unfolded in recent weeks as they learned of Republican plans to remake the way social services such as Medicaid and food stamps are funded.