Abortion is root cause of all forms of violence in society, says Cardinal Dolan of New York | SW NEWS | 373 In the US, Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York has said that in order to end all forms of …More
Abortion is root cause of all forms of violence in society, says Cardinal Dolan of New York | SW NEWS | 373
In the US, Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York has said that in order to end all forms of violence in society, whether it is related to crime, racism or poverty, abortion has to be done away with. He made this statement in a column he penned for the Catholic New York recently. He cited the words of St Teresa of Calcutta who said, “If a mother can kill her own child, what is left for us to kill each other?” The cardinal decried the loss of basic respect for life in a politically and culturally divided society. Pope appoints economist Jeffrey Sachs as member of Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences Pope Francis has appointed one of the most influential economists in the world as a member of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences. The appointment was publicized by the Holy See on October 25. Sixty-six-year-old Professor Sachs is the director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University in New York, USA. An economics graduate from Harvard University, Sachs is a public policy analyst with expertise in sustainable development, economic development, and poverty alleviation. Justice for Sri Lanka Easter Sunday blast victims: Pope seeks ways to intervene in issue In a handwritten message addressed to Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith of Sri Lanka, the Holy Father Pope Francis has asked the top prelate what sort of papal intervention he expects regarding the investigation into the 2019 Easter Sunday blasts. During an online briefing on October 24, the Cardinal revealed the contents of the letter in which the pontiff has pledged to pay close attention to the developments and to pray for the people of the nation. 8 more children succumb to hunger and cold in Afghan capital Eight more children in the Afghan capital have perished from hunger and cold as the humanitarian crisis in the country reaches alarming levels. An NGO named Save the Children has said that eight children aged between 18 months and eight years died in a camp on Sunday. UN agencies say that more than 22 million Afghan nationals will suffer from food scarcity this winter as the drought caused by climate change has aggravated the crisis in the nation after the Taliban takeover. Putin defends traditional family, flays West for promoting gender ideology President Vladimir Putin of Russia has once again defended the traditional family and the spiritual values of his nation. During a speech in Sochi last Thursday, the president urged his countrymen to protect its spiritual values and historical traditions, adding that sociocultural disturbances could be bad for Russia. He criticized European nations and the US and blamed them for deleting pages of their own history. He blamed the gender ideology as a crime against humanity. Amnesty International forced to shut down Hong Kong offices because of draconian law The draconian National Security Law imposed on Hong Kong by Beijing continues to curb free speech and dissent in the former British colony. On October 25, Amnesty International, one of the largest and global human rights organizations, has announced the closure of its two Hong Kong offices because of the new law. The organization said the decision was taken as the national security law has made it impossible for rights outfits to work freely without fear of reprisals from the government. With the closure of its offices, the 40-year-long presence of Amnesty in Hong Kong will come to an end. Cardinal Leonardo Sandri visits war-ravaged Syria Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, prefect of the Congregation for the Eastern Following the mandate of Pope Francis, the head of the Congregation of Oriental Churches Cardinal Leonardo Sandri is on a visit to Syria. During the eight-day trip, the Cardinal will visit the Christian communities in the country that is in the throes of a 10-year civil war. Thousands of believers have fled the country, which is one of the cradles of Christianity. Cardinal Sandri will visit Damascus, Tartous, Homs, Maaloula, and Aleppo and interact with the Catholic hierarchy. The top prelate will also visit hospitals, charities and orphanages run by the Church as well as diplomats. The nation is facing a big humanitarian crisis and more than 11 million people have already fled. Indian government tells Delhi High Court that law recognizes only marriage between biological man and woman The federal government of India has clarified in court that Indian laws permit only marriage between a biological man and a biological woman. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta clarified the government’s position in Delhi High Court that is hearing a batch of petitions seeking legalization of same-sex marriages. Mehta said the decriminalization of homosexuality under Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code was not relevant in this case as it does not deal with marriage.