In a move that has stirred the anger of Kenya's anti-gay Christian groups and sparked celebration by pro-gay clergy, the nation's High Court has ruled that gay rights activists have the right to formally register their own groups and welfare organizations.
With extreme poverty having been cut in half over the last generation -- and the Millennium Development Goals target of poverty halving having been achieved five years ahead of the 2015 deadline -- veterans of the global war on poverty believe it is possible that extreme poverty can be wiped out in the next 15 years.
It will be a tall order because an estimated 1 billion people still live in extreme poverty, defined as living on less than $1.25 a day.
Catholic workers in the contested region of Abyei say the world has lost interest in the unresolved border feud between Sudan and South Sudan, so they are launching new efforts to make peace between the two ethnic groups that claim the isolated region.
A Belgian bishop said the president of the bishops' conference urged Catholics to respect a court judgment against him for failing to act on allegations of abuse.
However, Auxiliary Bishop Jean Kockerols of Mechelen-Brussels also said the ruling provoked concern that it could spur more claims for damages, and he said it would take a while for the church to regain credibility.
Q and A: "Life was good for everybody before the war. But now, everything has been destroyed, stolen."
Inclement weather and logistical pressures were delaying aid to hundreds of thousands of Nepalese earthquake victims.
"The logistical problems are enormous and sadly, relief is being delayed," Fr. Pius Perumana, director of Caritas Nepal, told Catholic News Service on Tuesday.
"The arrival of several Catholic aid groups are delayed due to the congestion at the airport," he said. "Those who went to collect relief material from a flight [scheduled] to land at 11:30 a.m. are still at the airport even now [at 5 p.m.]."
"This is a careful choice of the ministry and faith, not politics. We work with veterans not for charity but in deep gratitude for their sacrifices."
The arrests of six Minnesota men accused earlier this month of attempting to join the Islamic State group highlights an unprecedented marketing effort being waged by the militant group in Iraq and Syria, U.S. law enforcement officials and terror analysts said.
It's a campaign that is finding resonance from urban metros to the American heartland.
"This is not so much a recruitment effort as it is a global marketing campaign, beyond anything that al-Qaida has ever done," said a senior law enforcement official.
At the meeting, 38 delegates from 10 countries said they seek to establish an international "network of networks" to develop strategies on church reform.
More than 3,600 people were known to have been killed and more than 6,500 others injured after a magnitude-7.8 earthquake hit a mountainous region near Kathmandu.