U2 lead singer Bono testified before Congress on Tuesday in favor of a multibillion-dollar plan to provide help for refugees around the world, and at the same time, counter the rising tide of extremism.
"When aid is structured properly, with a focus on fighting poverty and improving governance, it could just be the best bulwark we have against the extremism of our age," Bono said at the Senate Appropriations subcommittee that oversees foreign aid, according to Reuters.
The outspoken anti-poverty activist, who co-founded the international advocacy group ONE, has also started petitions and led campaigns to raise awareness of the plight of millions of people struggling under the weight of war and persecution — not only in Syria, but also in South Sudan, Somalia, and elsewhere. more >>
A district court in Michigan dismissed a lawsuit against one of the largest Catholic hospital organizations in the country that would have forced them to perform abortions.
United States District Court Judge Gershwin A. Drain of the Eastern District of Michigan granted Trinity Health Corporation's motion to dismiss a lawsuit leveled by the state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union.
In his 13-page Monday decision, Judge Drain argued that the ACLU and the plaintiffs it represented lacked the standing to sue Trinity Health over its policy of not performing emergency abortions. more >>
Pope Francis has announced that later in April he will visit the Greek island of Lesbos, which some have described as a "warzone," in order to highlight his love and support for refugees fleeing war and persecution.
"It's very clear that the pope recognizes that there is a significant emergency going on," Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said, according to Reuters.
"Just as he went to Lampedusa, which was then the front line of the Mediterranean route, now that there is this difficult, dramatic situation on the Aegean front, he naturally wants to be present to show a sense of solidarity and responsibility." more >>
One of the greatest surprises of the 2016 presidential campaign season thus far has been the strong electoral showing of Donald Trump.
The frontrunner of the Republican primaries, Trump is considered a serious contender not only for the GOP nomination but, some believe, also the general election.
While many have struggled to explain his popularity, some have posited that it stems from a brand of populism. more >>
A Florida pastor and his wife are in the process of adopting two homeless babies who were discovered by a ministry worker outside on a pile of trash bags wearing nothing but diapers.
With their own children aged 15, 13 and 8, Pastor Ronnie Stewart of Refuge Church in New Port Richey, Florida, and his wife, Krystal, thought they were finished raising toddlers and infants.
However, it became apparent last November that God had other plans. more >>
When most college students plan to spend their spring break enjoying the warmth of the sun on an island in the Caribbean, Haiti is not the location they have in mind. The poorest nation in the western hemisphere, Haiti's difficulties extend far beyond the earthquake which struck there in 2010, as systemic poverty and leadership crises have plagued the nation for decades.
The average Haitian lives on less than $1.25 a day — most subsist on far less. There is no electricity, plumbing system or clean water accessible to a majority of the country, and most of the population is starving. With sweltering tropical temperatures and mosquito infestations that are a constant 24-hour buzz, disease is rampant.
Despite these difficulties, dozens of U.S. college students recently chose to spend their spring break helping us here in Haiti, working to alleviate some of the suffering they encounter here, rather than join the party scene on some tropical beach. more >>