Just over one hundred General Synod delegates and visitors marched the mile from the Convention Center to the Progressive Field headquarters of the Cleveland Indians baseball team, demanding that the owners cease using a race of people as a mascot.
Vatican City, Jun 30, 2015 / 04:21 pm (CNA).- Pope Francis might chew coca leaves – or maybe sip coca tea – during his visit to Bolivia next week, the Vatican has said.
Bolivian Culture Minister Marko Machicao told local media that Francis had asked to chew coca leaves in the country, one of several stops during his visit to South America July 5-13.
The coca leaf, whose daily use and cultural importance in the Andes region rivals that of coffee in the United States, is embroiled in controversy in the international community because of its use as the main …read more
Washington D.C., Jun 30, 2015 / 03:20 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Looking forward to Pope Francis’ September visit to the U.S., the nation’s bishops were exuberant on Tuesday, as the itinerary for the apostolic voyage was released.
Fewer than three months before the scheduled visit, Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, president of the U.S. bishops conference, called it a “source of joy and gratitude for U.S. Catholics” in a June 30 statement.
After visiting Cuba, the Pope will visit three major cities on the U.S. east coast – Washington, D.C., New York, and Philadelphia – and the respective bishops of those …read more
(Worthy News)–An historic meeting between Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill of the Russian Orthodox Church is “getting closer every day,” a senior Orthodox prelate said in an interview published on June 28th, the UK Independent reported.
The unprecedented meeting would be a significant step towards healing the 1,000-year-old rift between the Western and Eastern branches of Christianity, which split in the Great Schism of 1054.
The meeting between the head of the 1.2 billion member Roman Catholic Church and the head of Russian Orthodox Church – which counts some 165 million of the world’s 250 million Orthodox Christians – …read more
The US Supreme Court has declined an appeal from death-row inmates in Oklahoma, who argued that the state’s use of a controversial drug in executions was a form of “cruel and unusual … …read more
(Worthy News)– A Ten Commandments monument on the Oklahoma Capitol grounds is a religious symbol and must be removed because it violates the state’s constitutional ban on using public property to benefit a religion, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled Tuesday.
The court said the Ten Commandments chiseled into the 6-foot-tall granite monument, which was privately funded by a Republican legislator, are “obviously religious in nature and are an integral part of the Jewish and Christian faiths.”
The 7-2 ruling overturns a decision by a district court judge who determined the monument could stay. It prompted calls by a handful …read more
Washington D.C., Jun 30, 2015 / 02:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On Monday afternoon the Supreme Court of the United States temporarily halted Texas’ regulations on abortion clinics, which were upheld by an appellate court earlier in the month.
By a 5-4 margin, the justices on June 29 blocked the law from going into effect until it is asked to hear the case; and if the court consents to hear the case, until it issues its decision.
The 2013 law increased safety regulations for abortion clinics and physicians who perform abortions, requiring all abortion clinics in the state to follow surgical …read more
In a moment to highlight faithfulness, trust and an emerging partnership, General Synod 2015 paused from deliberating business to celebrate the land transfer of more than 20 parcels of tribal land from the South Dakota Conference of the United Church of Christ to the Dakota Association.
The Antoinette Brown Society, launched during General Synod on Monday, June 29, has secured more than $20,000 in gifts and pledges from inaugural members.
By Jeff Woodard
She could have been running sand between her toes at Edgewater Park, meandering through the Cleveland Zoo or playing a leisurely game of cards with her peeps in the Youth Hall set up at the Cleveland Convention Center for Youth and Young Adults at General Synod 2015.