Vice President Pence meets Pope Francis (CNA) US Vice President Mike Pence met on January 24 with Pope Francis, and told reporters after the meeting that they had discussed the March for Life, which took place in Washington the same day. Pence said that he had also spoken with the Pontiff about the persecution of Christians, particularly in the Middle East; and about the suffering of the people in Venezuela.
'No to new wars,' bishops of 3 African nations plead (Fides) “We appeal to the conscience of rulers to keep in their hearts and minds the duty to protect the populations and to work for the prosperity of people who must fully enjoy their rights as creatures created in the image of God,” said the bishops of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Burundi, and Rwanda.
NFL football team helped cover up abuse in Catholic Church? (AP) Executives with the New Orleans Saints helped archdiocesan officials plan public-relations strategy to cope with the fallout from sex-abuse complaints. In a lawsuit against the New Orleans archdiocese, plaintiffs are seeking documents from the football team related to a “damage-control” operation.
Utah bans conversion therapy for minors (Religion Clause) With rare exceptions, mental health professionals are now forbidden to provide “any practice or treatment that seeks to change the sexual orientation or gender identity of a patient or client, including mental health therapy that seeks to change, eliminate, or reduce behaviors, expressions, attractions, or feelings related to a patient or client’s sexual orientation or gender identity.”
Church in Poland marks 'Islam Day' (SIR) “Islam is one of the main fears Polish Catholics have”, said Karol Wilczyński, member of the Council for Dialogue of the Archdiocese of Krakow, who hopes that the day will help “overcome prejudice and show the true face of Muslims.”
Taiwan president tells Pope of China's religious persecution (UCANews) In her letter to Pope Francis, President Tsai Ing-wen spoke of “authorities dispatching armed police to fire tear gas and suppress and arrest people expressing the wish to pursue democracy and human rights … religious practitioners facing detention and persecution by public security officers when they, following their conscience, refuse to be coerced into signing documents to join an organization that violates their religious doctrines.”