Trump announces Judge Amy Coney Barrett as US Supreme Court nominee

Eight days after the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, President Donald Trump announced Sept. 26 that Judge Amy Coney Barrett is his nominee to fill that seat.


Catholics urged to help 'unite world' on behalf of internally displaced people

The theme chosen by Pope Francis for this year's World Day for Migrants and Refugees on Sept. 27 is "Forced like Jesus Christ to flee," focusing on people displaced within the borders of their own country.


Supreme Court denies appeals for two recent federal executions

The Supreme Court denied the appeals of two federal death-row inmates in late September. On Sept. 22, it denied an appeal to postpone the execution of William LeCroy, who had argued that his execution should be postponed to allow his longtime lead attorney to attend. The attorney has leukemia and is vulnerable to COVID-19, so could not be present for health reasons during the pandemic.

Pope to U.N.: Respect for each human life is essential for peace, equality

Pope Francis asked members of the United Nations how they think they can respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and build a more peaceful, more just world when many of their countries spend billions on military weapons and when their treatment of the unborn, of refugees and of women shows so little respect for human life.