The Year of Mercy began Dec. 8, and churches and church organizations across the United States have special observances and services planned throughout the year.
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.
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.
A decade later, the Darfur crisis is far from over, despite attempts by the Sudanese government to minimize what has happened.