France anti-abortion laws: France will soon create a new crime that will make someone running an anti-abortion website as liable to a lawsuit as a protester blocking the door to an abortion clinic. The new crime, called the “online obstruction of abortion,” won’t be an outright ban, but the law will be so broadly worded that abortion rights activists could sue websites that promote alternatives to ending a pregnancy or discuss abortion's possible psychological effects.
As NATO's military chiefs prepare to send troops for the first time to Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, local Catholics are divided over how much Russia poses a new threat.
Global study of religion and education: First-ever study shows Jews are more highly educated than any other religious group, while Hindus and Muslims are the least educated.
Pope Francis phoned Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria Dec. 12, expressing condolences for the previous day's terrorist attack at the Cairo cathedral that left 25 dead.
According to a new Polish law effective Jan. 1, women who agree to deliver babies with serious issues will receive a one-time payment of 900 Euros ($1,000).
Pope Francis has again appealed for an end to the brutal fighting in the Syrian city of Aleppo, calling war a "pile-up of tyrannies and lies" and asking people to say "no to destruction, yes to peace."
At the end of his weekly Angelus prayer in St. Peter's Square Sunday, the pontiff said: "Every day I am close, most of all in prayer, to the people of Aleppo."
Eco Catholic: His response to the economic crisis of the '90s was an ambitious program in organic agriculture, environmental planning, renewable energy and other sustainable development practices.
Assisted Suicide in Switzerland: A Swiss bishop has instructed Catholic priests not to give last rites to people suspected of seeking assisted suicide, following a sharp rise in the practice in his country. "It is increasingly difficult to take the right decisions in the face of death — there's even a sense of helplessness," said Bishop Vitus Huonder of Chur.
Mediation efforts in Congo: Congolese President Joseph Kabila expressed support for Catholic bishops' efforts to mediate a constitutional crisis after he extended his term in office.
Christian persecution in the Middle East: Christians in the Middle East face extinction because of genocide, wars and international indifference to their plight, according to panelists at a Dec. 5 interfaith forum in New York.