News Briefs

Potential economic gains are no reason for California voters to approve a ballot measure that would legalize limited amounts of marijuana for recreational use, said Bishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of Oakland. • The Diocese of Rome formally opened the sainthood process for Cardinal Francois Nguyen Van Thuan, a Vietnamese who spent 13 years in prison in Communist Vietnam—nine of them in solitary confinement. • Poland’s Catholic bishops have warned government leaders and legislators not to back a law allowing in vitro fertilization, adding that the practice resembled Nazi-era eugenics. • Calling poverty “an insult to our common humanity,” the Vatican’s permanent observer to the United Nations, Archbishop Francis Chullikatt, speaking at U.N. headquarters in New York, said, “We have the means to bring an end to poverty. Do we have the will?” • The Vatican has urged Iraq not to carry out the death sentence meted out on Oct. 26 to Iraq’s former foreign minister Tariq Aziz, a Chaldean Catholic. • More than 30 Bolivian journalists, protesting a new anti-discrimination law that they believe could limit press freedom, gave up a hunger strike after 14 days at the urging of church officials.

Don't miss the best from America

Sign up for our Newsletter to get the Jesuit perspective on news, faith and culture.

The latest from america

“Amoris Laetitia” addresses the reality of Catholics in “non-legitimate unions” and opens the possibility for them to receive the Eucharist under certain conditions.
Gerard O'ConnellFebruary 22, 2017
Immigration officials “no longer will exempt classes or categories of removable aliens from potential enforcement” and “have full authority to arrest or apprehend an alien whom an immigration officer has probable cause to believe is in violation of the immigration laws.”
Michael O'LoughlinFebruary 21, 2017
El sistema de libre empresa es compatible con nuestra preocupación por los desfavorecidos, escribe un economista y católico converso.
Arthur C. BrooksFebruary 21, 2017
The pope's emphasis on protecting undocumented workers is particularly significant for Europe and the United States, where the treatment of refugees and migrants has been a consistent challenge.
Gerard O'ConnellFebruary 21, 2017