Aleteia logoAleteia logo
Aleteia
Tuesday 28 September |
Saint of the Day: St. Wenceslaus
home iconNews
line break icon

Gates Foundations Stops Funding Abortions and Other News You May Have Missed

The Gates Foundation

John Burger - published on 06/14/14 - updated on 06/08/17

A round-up of recent stories in the Church and the world.

The major stories this week have included the papal prayer summit at the Vatican, the murder of a young priest in Arizona, and the advances of Islamic militants in Iraq.

But here are a few items you may have missed:

Melinda Gates, of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, has announced that her international family planning foundation will no longer fund abortion because she believes abortion and family planning have become “conflated."

The 52nd session of the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) was critical and judgmental of El Salvador’s protection of preborn children from the destruction of abortion.  The treaty body is supposed to monitor compliance of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) which recognizes that “the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world” and that “these rights derive from the inherent dignity of the human person”, says the Parliamentary Network for Critical Issues.

Addressing the U.S. bishops’ spring meeting in New Orelans, June 11, Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput invited  Catholics to the 2015 World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia.

The president of the bishops’ conference, Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, at the meeting read out a letter to be sent to Pope Francis, inviting him to the Philadelphia summit. The letter said that the Pope’s presence would “add significance” to the gathering and “deepen the bonds of affection” many Catholics feel for the Holy Father.

The American public has become more tolerant on a number of moral issues, including premarital sex, embryonic stem cell research, and euthanasia, according to a new Gallup poll. On a list of 19 major moral issues of the day, Americans express levels of moral acceptance that are as high or higher than in the past on 12 of them, a group that also encompasses social mores such as polygamy, having a child out of wedlock, and divorce.

Finally, a new study finds that fasting for as little as three days can regenerate the entire immune system.

But save that one til Monday, Dads. Happy Fathers Day!

John Burgeris News Editor for Aleteia.org’s English edition.

Tags:
AbortionFaithHomosexualityPope FrancisUnited Nations
Support Aleteia!

If you’re reading this article, it’s thanks to the generosity of people like you, who have made Aleteia possible.

Here are some numbers:

  • 20 million users around the world read Aleteia.org every month
  • Aleteia is published every day in seven languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and Slovenian
  • Each month, readers view more than 50 million pages
  • Nearly 4 million people follow Aleteia on social media
  • Each month, we publish 2,450 articles and around 40 videos
  • We have 60 full time staff and approximately 400 collaborators (writers, translators, photographers, etc.)

As you can imagine, these numbers represent a lot of work. We need you.

Support Aleteia with as little as $1. It only takes a minute. Thank you!

Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...




Top 10
1
The Sinai Peninsula and the Dead Sea Rift
J-P Mauro
Experts now believe Sodom was destroyed by a meteor
2
VATICAN LEGOS
J-P Mauro
Chicago architect models Vatican City from 67,000 LEGO bricks
3
Fr. Michael Rennier
The purpose of life according to J.R.R. Tolkien
4
Giovanna Binci
He’s autistic, she has Down syndrome, and they’re wonderfully hap...
5
crisis man
Marzena Devoud
Advice from 3 monks for overcoming acedia
6
PADRE PIO
Bret Thoman, OFS
Exclusive photos: Meet Padre Pio and the place he lived
7
Christ and the woman taken in adultery
Daniel Esparza
What Jesus wrote
See More
Newsletter
Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here.