- May 26, 2020
Students at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa answered the call made by the Church and international organizations to help the communities in Kenya who risk starvation due to the drought that has devastated the region. Through concerts and donations, the students managed to raise money and collect food for the needy.
In Arkansas, an effort to execute seven men in 11 days, before the final batch of a drug used in lethal injections expires, raised objections by Church leaders. Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, joined the ranks of those urging the governor of Arkansas to reconsider the executions.
Christian leaders across the United States have been using Holy Week liturgies to draw attention to the social issues affecting the country. Los Angeles Archbishop Joes H. Gomez said Holy Week is meant to remind Catholics what it means to be a Christian in today’s world and how they can bring hope and possibility to an uncertain society.
Can pro-lifers be feminist? Women met for a panel discussion on the issues, hailing from both sides of the abortion debate. Though the panelists did not agree on abortion they ultimately admitted that more must be done to provide appropriate health care for women and that the tags and and labels are mostly hindering that goal.
Two Catholic missions in Central African Republic about 270 miles from the capital, Bangui, were targeted by former militants. According to the vice president of the Central African Republic bishops’ conference the violence was not motivated by religious reasons but economic ones.
It is now possible for states to redirect Title X family planning funding away from clinics that perform abortions, such as planned parenthood. President Donald Trump signed the bill into law, overruling what some consider the previous administration’s “parting gift to the abortion industry.”