For three takes on Pope Francis’ call to action to Congress, Judy Woodruff talks with Sister Simone Campbell of Nuns on the Bus, John Carr of Georgetown University and James Nicholson, former U.S. ambassador to the Holy See. Continue reading
Once you’re a scientist, you’re always a scientist, and Pope Francis was once a scientist. In recent years, the pope’s outspoken views on issues like the environment seem to reveal his familiarity with life in a lab. Some scientists applaud … Continue reading
Faith is an intangible force, an intensely personal connection with one’s beliefs. For many, religious faith is manifested in the items they keep close to them — a book, a prayer card, a piece of jewelry. For Catholics, it can … Continue reading
Pope Francis announced that Catholic priests will be given discretion to forgive women who have had abortions across the coming year. Judy Woodruff discusses the change in rhetoric with Elizabeth Dias of TIME. Continue reading
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