WASHINGTON — Hundreds of Catholic students from across the United States met Monday with members of Congress and urged them to stand with Pope Francis on climate change, immigration reform, and human rights in Central America.
An estimated 1,200 concerned individuals, mostly college and high school students representing 90 Catholic institutions from 25 states, Canada, El Salvador and Mexico, gathered in Washington D.C. over the weekend for the annual Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice conference.
To cap off the weekend-long conference, the liberal-leaning Ignatian Solidarity Network hosted a day of advocacy on Capitol Hill Monday morning, which marked the largest Catholic advocacy day of the year. more >>
Is there anything cuter than a group of furry little baby otters?
That's what newscasters at ABC Channel 15 in Arizona get to see up-close when the Wildlife World Zoo brings four of the little creatures for a visit.
"We are really cranking up the cute factor," says one anchor, whose words are likely the understatement of the day. more >>
A California school district has banned all drawings of religious figures after a parent complained about a class assignment to draw the Islamic prophet Muhammad.
Fox News reported on Monday that the Acton-Agua Dulce Unified School District made the announcement last week, noting that the controversial assignment was part of a seventh-grade history worksheet called "Vocabulary Pictures: The Rise of Islam."
"I have directed all staff to permanently suspend the practice of drawing or depiction of any religious leader," Superintendent Brent Woodard told the Los Angeles Daily News last week. "I am certain this teacher did not intend to offend anyone and, in fact, was simply teaching respect and tolerance for all cultures." more >>
Our national scores are embarrassingly low in both math and reading, and for both fourth and eighth grade students. The new 2015 scores for reading reveal a lot about America and America's families, churches, communities and schools. The point: All four sets of essential institutions are failing our children and youth.
America's mathematics scores are also very low, and declining. Mathematics is essential for personal development, gainful employment and the national economy. However, let us focus on reading for the moment. After all, if you cannot read the math book, you are in real trouble. Learning math is always harder for non-readers.
It can be the hardest thing for a person to do in response to one who has wronged them. And has been referred to in poetry as being divine.
Forgiveness is something integral to the Christian religion, as believers are supposed to forgive each other as God forgives us.
Is it not always easy. In fact, it can be very hard to put forth the effort to move past a wrong committed against oneself. more >>
Thousands of dollars in donations are now pouring in for the family of an 11-year-old boy who sacrificed his life so his 7-year-old sister could escape the deadly hit of an out-of-control vehicle as they waited for the school bus just outside their home in Chester, South Carolina, last Tuesday.
According to The Herald, just before 7:30 a.m. the boy, La'Darious Tyres Wylie, a fifth-grader at Chester Park Center of Literacy through Technology, was at the bus stop down the street from his house with his sister, Sha'Vonta, when he was struck by a car.
The driver of the car, Michelle Johnson, 57, according to The Herald, did not stop and render aid or call authorities. La'Darious' head was smashed so bad, police say in an arrest warrant, that there was "severe damage" to Johnson's 2003 Nissan. La'Darious died Oct. 28, a day after the incident at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. more >>