Pope to allow all priests to forgive abortion during Holy Year

Pope Francis talks from the window during his Sunday Angelus prayer in Saint Peter's square at the VaticanBy Isla Binnie VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis will give all priests discretion during the Roman Catholic Church's upcoming Holy Year to formally forgive women who have had abortions, in the Argentine pontiff's latest move towards a more open and inclusive church. In Church teaching, abortion is such a grave sin that those who procure or perform it incur an automatic excommunication, which can only be lifted by designated church officials. Francis described the "existential and moral ordeal" faced by women who have terminated pregnancies and said he had "met so many women who bear in their heart the scar of this agonizing and painful decision".



Federal judge orders Kentucky clerk and her staff to court

Rowan County, Ky. Clerk Kim Davis shows emotion as she is cheered by a gathering of supporters during a rally on the steps of the Kentucky State Capitol in Frankfort Ky. The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday, Aug. 31, 2015, ruled against Davis, who has refused to issue same-sex marriage licenses. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) — A county clerk in Kentucky who has invoked "God's authority" and is defying the U.S. Supreme Court by refusing to license same-sex marriage has been summoned along with her entire staff to explain to a federal judge why she should not face stiff fines or jail time.



Black Lives Matter movement experiencing growing pains

In this Friday, Aug. 28, 2015 photo, dozens of people gather during a rally outside the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice in Detroit regarding the shooting death of Terrance Kellom by an U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officer in April 2015. As the Black Lives Matter movement gains more public attention, there are questions being raised about who’s in charge of the movement and what its long-term goals are. (Max Ortiz/The Detroit News via AP)WASHINGTON (AP) — Hundreds of Black Lives Matter activists, black and white, marched outside the Minnesota State Fair this weekend, hoping to bring attention to the deaths of African-Americans at the hands of police.



European stocks sink on worries over Chinese economy

London's benchmark FTSE 100 index plunged 3.03 percent on September 1, 2015London (AFP) - Europe's main stock markets sank on Tuesday after weaker manufacturing data increased concerns about the Chinese economy.



Michigan House panel mulls 2 lawmakers' fitness for office

Rep Cindy Gamrat, R-Plainwell, faces a large group of media as the House Select Committee on the Qualifications of Reps Courser and Gamrat meets in the House Appropriations room on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, at the Capitol in Lansing, Mich. The committee held the first of several disciplinary hearings for two lawmakers, Republican Reps. Todd Courser and Gamrat, who are accused of misusing public resources to hide an extramarital affair. (Dale G. Young/The Detroit News via AP)LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan legislative committee on Tuesday held a disciplinary hearing for two conservative lawmakers accused of misusing public resources to hide an affair, including by sending a false, sexually explicit email claiming one of them had sex with a male prostitute.





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