News Briefs

The Pax Christi International Peace Award for 2010 was given on Dec. 8 to Louis Sako, right, the Chaldean archbishop of Kirkuk, Iraq, a prominent defender of Iraq’s endangered minorities. • In November Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari told a visiting cardinal, Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, that he could not abolish his nation’s blasphemy laws, but would seek to revise them to better protect minority religious rights. • The discovery of an earth-bound microorganism that thrives on arsenic will expand scientists’ understanding of the definition of life, said the head of the Vatican Observatory, José Funes, S.J. • Pope Benedict XVI would welcome an electric popemobile as a sign of his commitment to environmental stewardship, Cardinal Giovanni Lajolo, president of the commission governing Vatican City State, said on Dec. 1. • Three dozen top Israeli rabbis threw their support on Dec. 7 behind a religious ruling barring Jews from selling or renting homes to non-Jews. • Two Congolese soldiers have been arrested for the murder of a 42-year-old priest, Christian Bakulene, who was killed on Nov. 8 in North Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo. • After a two-year investigation by Bishop David L. Ricken of Green Bay, Wis., the church has approved for the first timea Marian apparition in the United States, experienced by Adele Brise in Champion, Wis., in 1859.

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

Pope Francis listens to a question from Vera Shcherbakova of the Itar-Tass news agency while talking with journalists aboard his flight from Cairo to Rome April 29. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
The situation in North Korea, he added, has been heated for a long time, "but now it seems it has heated up too much, no?"
Gerard O'ConnellApril 29, 2017
Pope Francis greets children dressed as pharaohs and in traditional dress as he arrives to celebrate Mass at the Air Defense Stadium in Cairo April 29. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano)
Francis took the risk, trusting in God. His decision transmitted a message of hope on the political front to all Egyptians, Christians and Muslims alike, who are well aware that their country is today a target for ISIS terrorists and is engaged in a battle against terrorism.
Gerard O'ConnellApril 29, 2017
Pope Francis greets the crowd as he arrives to celebrate Mass at the Air Defense Stadium in Cairo April 29. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
The only kind of fanaticism that is acceptable to God is being fanatical about loving and helping others, Pope Francis said on his final day in Egypt.
U.S. President Donald Trump talks to journalists in the Oval Office at the White House on March 24 after the American Health Care Act was pulled before a vote. (CNS photo/Carlos Barria, Reuters)
Predictably Mr. Trump has also clashed with the Catholic Church and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops on many of the policies he has promoted during his first 100 days.
Kevin ClarkeApril 28, 2017