Supreme Court: The Supreme Court agreed Dec. 2 to hear arguments about church hospital pension disputes over whether religious hospitals and schools can be exempt from complying with federal laws covering employee pension benefits. Lower courts have ruled against three hospital systems, two of which are Catholic, that have claimed an exemption from the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974.
Orthodox iconography: "The Byzantine Orthodox iconography is not just an 'art,' it’s a sacred art," Theodoros Papadopoulos, Greek icon expert, explains.
Immigration Pardons: People Improving Communities Through Organizing (PICO) is currently circulating a petition to deliver to the White House Dec. 15 urging the Obama administration to grant pardons immigrants in the country without legal documentation and people with nonviolent, federal drug offenses serving prison sentences. It is also urging local elected officials, governors, mayors and churches across the country to take steps to designate themselves sanctuaries, protecting immigrants from deportation, in response to President-elect Donald Trump promises to deport 2 to 3 million immigrants without documentation.
Over 70 presidents at Catholic institutions have pledged their support for students attending their schools who are legally protected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
Fidel Castro's Death: "It is with great sorrow that I come before you to inform our people, friends of our America and the world, that today, November 25, 2016, at 10:29 p.m., the commander in chief of the Cuban Revolution Fidel Castro Ruz passed away," said his brother Raul.
United Nations: The Federation of American Scientists' tallies show there are about 15,350 nuclear weapons in the world. The U.S. and Russia each have about 4,500 nuclear weapons stockpiled.
The District of Columbia City Council Nov. 15 approved a bill allowing doctors to prescribe lethal medications to terminally ill patients who want to end their lives.
The forgotten worker: Even though Trump's worldliness and life of luxury didn't reflect theirs, he listened to them, spoke to them, embraced them, embraced their discontent.
On the ballot: Voters went against nearly all of the ballot initiatives backed by Catholic leaders and advocates, except the referendums on minimum wage increases and gun control.
Washington, D.C.: City council passed measure that would allow terminally ill people a medically assisted death