WASHINGTON -- More than 100 Muslim leaders -- clerics and laypeople alike -- have signed a letter criticizing the Middle East Muslim military group ISIS, short for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.
In the 17-page letter, the leaders quote extensively from the Quran, the Muslim scriptures, to rebuke ISIS' tactics and actions.
Since the letter was issued Sept. 19, more than 125 Muslim leaders around the world have signed the letter. Twenty of them come from the United States, where the Council on American-Islamic Relations circulated the letter.
ROCHESTER, N.H. -- Close to 1,000 of slain journalist James Foley's closest friends and family gathered at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church in Rochester, N.H., for a memorial Mass to celebrate the life of a man who was killed by Syrian extremists on Aug. 19, but whose legacy lives on.
Foley was captured in northwest Syria, along with British journalist John Cantlie, in November 2012 by Islamist militants. For two years, the family prayed for his safe return.
VATICAN CITY -- Exorcists, assigned to that ministry by their bishops, demonstrate the love and care of the Church for "those who suffer because of the work of the devil," Pope Francis said in a message to the International Association of Exorcists.
The organization, which was recognized by the Congregation for Clergy in June, brought about 300 exorcists to Rome for a convention focused particularly on the impact of the occult and Satanism on modern men and women.
CAPE TOWN, South Africa -- Burials that are dignified and safe are urgently needed for Ebola victims in West Africa, where corpses are frequently left unattended for days and then thrown into graves without ceremony, a U.S. Church aid official said.
"So many people are dying that there has not been the capacity to respond" to burial needs in an appropriate way and "we are now making this a priority," Michael Stulman, regional information officer for the U.S. bishops' Catholic Relief Services, said in a telephone interview from Freetown, Sierra Leone.
STRATFORD-UPON-AVON, England -- Inside recently refurbished Royal Shakespeare Theater here, the audience, banked on three floors, gazes attentively out over a wide, brightly lit stage.
"Necessity will make us all forsworn. Three thousand times within this three years' space; for every man with his affects is born, not by might master'd, but by special grace," recited the actor playing Berowne in "Love's Labor's Lost."
PORTLAND, Ore. -- As a young California woman gained national attention for her plan to use Oregon's assisted suicide law, Archbishop Alexander K. Sample of Portland issued a statement that the Oregon law puts forward illusion and confusion.
At the start of 2014, newlywed Brittany Maynard learned she had brain cancer. A few months after she underwent two surgeries, doctors delivered the news that the cancer had returned and that most patients die from such tumors in about a year. She decided against further treatment.