France will soon have a new crime: online obstruction of abortion


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. 

Francis appeals for end of Aleppo fighting: war is 'pile-up of tyrannies and lies'


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."

Swiss bishop to priests: No last rites for patients seeking assisted suicide


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.



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May 19-June 1, 2017