Hagia Sophia becomes a mosque again (CNA) Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has decreed that the Hagia Sophia is to be used as a mosque. The Turkish leader took that step immediately after a court ruled that the conversion of the building into a museum, as part of the drive to secularize Turkey in the 1930s, was illegal. The renowned building, originally constructed by Christians for the Patriarchate of Constantinople, became a mosque in the 15th century when Muslims conquered the city.
Bishops join 1,000 other faith leaders to oppose federal executions (National Catholic Register) “As faith leaders from a diverse range of traditions, we call on President Trump and Attorney General Barr to stop the scheduled federal executions,” the signatories said in their statement (Google doc). “As our country grapples with the COVID 19 pandemic, an economic crisis, and systemic racism in the criminal legal system, we should be focused on protecting and preserving life, not carrying out executions.”
USCCB: Urge your Senators to prioritize the poor and vulnerable in the next CO19 relief package (USCCB) The action alert advises the faithful to “tell your Senators to act now to support those who are poor and vulnerable during this pandemic by: providing resources to meet the needs of those who are homeless and those struggling to keep a roof over their heads; increasing SNAP benefit amounts; enacting policies that encourage and support employers to retain and rehire workers and considering additional stimulus payments ...”
Cardinal Pell: 'My time in prison' (First Things) “There is a lot of goodness in prisons,” he begins. “At times, I am sure, prisons may be hell on earth. I was fortunate to be kept safe and treated well. I was impressed by the professionalism of the warders, the faith of the prisoners, and the existence of a moral sense even in the darkest places.”
'This is a saga that did not need to occur': US bishops welcome Little Sisters' Supreme Court victory (USCCB) “Contraception is not health care, and the government should never have mandated that employers provide it in the first place,” said the chairmen of the bishops’ committees on religious liberty and pro-life activities, following the Supreme Court decision in Little Sisters of the Poor Saints Peter and Paul Home v. Pennsylvania (CWN coverage). “Even after the federal government expanded religious exemptions to the HHS contraceptive mandate, Pennsylvania and other states chose to continue this attack on conscience.”