Teen pregnancies rose by 50 percent in the Philippines over the last decade. Now that predominantly Roman Catholic country has begun implementing a law — contested for years — that requires public health facilities to offer free contraceptive services. Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro reports that the fight by religious opponents hasn’t ended. Continue reading
WASHINGTON — Pope Francis’ call for dramatic action on climate change drew a round of shrugs from congressional Republicans on Thursday, while many of the party’s presidential candidates ignored it entirely. Continue reading
Today the Pope released an encyclical calling for action to combat climate change. Judy Woodruff speaks to Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, D.C., about what the encyclical means to Catholic doctrine, and how it could influence international policy. Continue reading
Descendants of Sephardic Jews, who were expelled from Spain in 1492, will now be allowed to seek Spanish nationality without having to give up their current citizenship.
The law, passed by the Spanish government Friday, will give the opportunity for a potential 3.5 million people across several countries to apply for Spanish nationality if they can prove their Sephardic ancestry. Applicants, Reuters reports, do not have to be practicing Jews.
At a weekend HIV/AIDS conference at the Vatican, the Catholic Church stood firm on its stance against the use of condoms to protect against the transmission of HIV. Ray Suarez and the NewsHour’s Global Health Unit report from Rome. Continue reading
Amid its controversial stance over condom use, the Catholic Church is hosting a two-day conference on the global fight against HIV/AIDS. Reporting from Rome, Ray Suarez previews the conference. Continue reading
As part of a series of reports from the Vatican, Cardinal William Levada, the head of the office that handles sex abuse claims, speaks to Margaret Warner in his first television interview about the scandal rocking the Catholic Church. Continue reading
With growing controversy over Pope Benedict’s role in punishing priests accused of misconduct, Margaret Warner reports on the reaction of Catholics in the U.S. to the sex abuse scandal. Continue reading