- Feb 24, 2020
Mayor Muriel Bowser of Washington, D.C. has now signed a bill passed in November into law, but it will be the U.S. congress that ultimately decides if the law will stand or not.
A regulation from the Department of Health and Human Services requires “coverage for gender transition services, hormonal treatments, counseling and surgeries that remove or transforms the sexual organs of men or women,” according to the Catholic Benefits Association.
Kiki Sykes, a participant of the St. Joseph Worker Program, finds joy in distributing toys to children who might otherwise not receive any gifts for the holidays. Sykes and eight other participants plan to distribute about 150 new toys for children and teens at the local nonprofits where they work.
Pope Francis furthered the sainthood causes of seven men and women and recognized more than 100 martyrs killed during the Spanish civil war at a meeting with the prefect of the Congregation for Saints’ Causes. Among the decrees was the canonization process for Blessed Faustino Miguez.
Nativity scenes in public places in Lebanon demonstrate the harmony between Christians and Muslims living in the country. Even though war and persecution plague the Middle East, Lebanon manages to remain a peaceful island of co-habitation and collaboration.
The Diocese of Burlington, Vermont, will observe a special Year of Creation during 2017, inspired by the global Year of Mercy. The year-long event plans to bring an intentional, heightened focus on ecological justice, following the teachings of Pope Francis’s 2015 encyclical, “Laudato Si’.”