Twenty years ago, Bishop John Baptist Kaggwa obtained a few dairy cows and gave them to people in his Diocese of Masaka, in the southern region of Uganda. He wanted to do something to help. Naturally hard workers, they had experienced the devastating effects of a disease that had ravaged their primary crops -- bananas and coffee.
Our Olympic athletes have returned from Sochi, Russia, after intense competition, many having won medals, and all striving to do their best.
They have spent years training and sacrificing.
For example, Megan Bozek, a 2005 graduate of St. Mary School in Buffalo Grove, Ill. represented the United States on its women's hockey team at the Olympics. Bozek, like many other athletes, was an excellent student and athlete due to hard work and the sacrifice it took to focus on those areas, often giving up social events or pursuits such as TV-watching.
Next month, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in two cases related to the Affordable Care Act and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' mandate that most employers provide coverage for contraceptives in employee health plans.
The arguments in Sebelius vs. Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties vs. Sebelius will be heard jointly beginning March 25. The cases focus on how the mandate applies to for-profit companies. It's a shift from previous debate about whether Church-affiliated institutions may be exempted.
A new poll by Spanish-language broadcaster Univision highlighting countries where support for Church teachings is the highest and lowest has garnered much attention.
The poll became fodder for much of the secular media in the United States wanting to point out divisions between Church hierarchy and its members. "The pope's Catholic problem" was the headline of a commentary in the Chicago Tribune, for example. It stated that on every issue, Catholics in the United States are more liberal than the Church's teachings.
It was news that made pro-lifers rejoice. A study released earlier this week by the Guttmacher Institute shows that abortion is at an all-time low since the 1973, the year of the Roe vs. Wade decision. This was the news coming from an organization founded by Planned Parenthood, later to be spun off as an independent entity.
The study showed that the national abortion rate declined to 16.9 abortions per 1,000 women ages 15-44 in 2011. Between 2008-2011, the abortion rate fell 13 percent, resuming a long-term downward trend that stalled between 2005-2008.
The scene in Ukraine has largely been hidden from our American eyes. What started as a peaceful protest of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych's withdrawal from a planned trade agreement with the European Union has taken a violent turn as the government has attempted to suppress protesters in Kiev's Independence Square and elsewhere.