Group offers fellowship, forum for discussions of faith-science questions

This year's Society of Catholic Scientists conference was an intimate gathering with the theme of environmental stewardship linked to the papal encyclical "Laudato Si'." Speakers discussed Catholic environmentalism going back to the fourth century, and topics such as soil conservation, the preservation of tropical forests, the importance of bees and genetic advances used to conserve wild animal populations.

Biden urges a return to political civility in remarks at prayer breakfast

President Joe Biden, addressing the National Prayer Breakfast Feb. 3, called for a return to the political civility he said he'd known as a freshman U.S. senator from Delaware.

Annual March for Life still on this year in Washington

The 49th annual national March for Life — with a rally on the National Mall and march to the Supreme Court Jan. 21 — will go on as scheduled this year amid a surge in the omicron variant in the nation's capital.

Outdoor events are not affected by the District of Columbia's vaccine mandate for indoor gatherings, but participants should expect to wear face masks. Indoor events associated with the annual march will have to comply with city COVID-19 restrictions.

Kidnapping in Haiti prompts worries about other church workers' safety

Christian missionaries and family members, some as young as 8 months old, were still being held for ransom in Haiti. Other charities and religious groups examined how they can remain safe while delivering humanitarian aid.