During his Sunday Angelus address in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis made an appeal for peace in Syria and across the entire Middle East. Speaking after the traditional noontime prayer, the Pope thanked those who had joined in the Vigil of Prayer and Fasting Saturday evening and expressed his “gratitude to the civil authorities, as well as to the members of other Christian communities and of other religions, and to men and women of good will who have undertaken, on this occasion, periods of prayer, fasting and reflection.”
San Antonio has become the latest city to pass a non-discrimination ordinance giving special protections to homosexuals.
An Oregon bakery has closed following an attack by homosexual activists angered over its owners' refusal to bake a wedding cake for a pair of lesbians.
Across the country, dozens of tax-funded Planned Parenthood offices and abortion clinics have been shuttered so far this year, sparking enthusiasm and celebration from pro-life activists working to save the lives of unborn children. As part of that apparent trend, the number of surgical abortion clinics nationwide is also on the decline, with pro-life organizations reporting that around 43 have closed just this year compared to 24 throughout 2012. Advocates for unborn children, unsurprisingly, are celebrating what they view as highly encouraging news.
Secretary of State John Kerry has called on Iran to aid in the return of three U.S. citizens being held there, including Iranian-American pastor Saeed Abedini.