President Trump bans transgender people from military service

“Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail,” says the president

President Trump announced on Wednesday that the United States will no longer “accept or allow” transgender people in the United States military, saying American forces “must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory” and could not afford to accommodate them. Mr. Trump made the surprise declaration in a series of posts on Twitter, saying he had come to the decision after … [Read more...]

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Trump won’t issue ‘Pride’ proclamation

President has declined to issue a proclamation designating June as a time for celebration of LGBT Pride, breaking with a tradition started under the Obama administration

President Trump has declined to issue at the start of June a proclamation designating the month as a time for celebration of Pride, breaking with a tradition started under the Obama administration. By the end of the last weekday in May, President Obama each year during his two terms in the White House issued a proclamation recognizing Pride. Trump, on the other hand, has thus … [Read more...]

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‘A slap in the face for the Vatican’

Vatican official says If President Trump takes US out of Paris deal on climate change, “it would be a disaster for everyone"

One of Pope Francis’s closest collaborators in the Vatican’s fight against climate change has called President Donald Trump’s reported plan to pull out of the Paris accord a “disaster” and a “slap in the face for the Vatican.” Argentine Bishop Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo, Chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, said that if … [Read more...]

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Trump administration plans to eliminate contraceptive mandate for religious institutions

No more bullying by the federal government

Federal officials, following through on a pledge by President Trump, have drafted a rule to roll back a federal requirement that many religious employers provide birth control coverage in health insurance plans. The mandate for free contraceptive coverage was one of the most hotly contested Obama administration policies adopted under the Affordable Care Act, and it generated … [Read more...]

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Melania Trump reveals she is Catholic

First Lady shares her faith with the world after meeting Pope Francis

When Melania Trump recited The Lord's Prayer before a Melbourne, Florida presidential rally in February, the Internet went hog wild. Now we know one reason why the first lady began with 'Let us pray' and 'Our Father who art in heaven' when she introduced the president that evening: She's a practicing Roman Catholic. Her spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham confirmed that to … [Read more...]

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US bishops distressed by proposed increase in military spending

President Trump’s budget proposal may make deep cuts to Medicaid and other programs, while increasing military spending and immigration enforcement funding

Leading U.S. bishops have expressed serious concerns with President Donald Trump’s reported budget proposals for the 2018 fiscal year, noting among other fears that the proposals would decrease funding for diplomacy efforts while increasing military spending. “The human consequences of budget choices are clear to us as pastors,” leaders of various committees of the U.S. … [Read more...]

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The complicated relationship between the U.S. and the Holy See

"The Vatican has sources of information that the CIA would kill to get"

The significance of a global network of priests sank in for Thomas Reese on the day the president of Rwanda's plane was shot down. The Catholic analyst and author had been interviewing a church leader at the Vatican when his source's phone rang. The call about the plane crash had been made to notify the headquarters of the Catholic Church that trouble was brewing. "That was … [Read more...]

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