In a surprise move, the Holy See yesterday announced that Pope Francis is to assemble a panel of experts to advise him on the problem of clerical sex abuse. This Vatican Child Protection Commission represents arguably the first concrete proposal to emerge from the so-called “G8” Council of Cardinals who have been meeting with the pope in Rome this week.
Originally appointed in April by Pope Francis to help him both govern and reform the Catholic Church, the G8 council is only now getting down to serious work [....]
As far as the composition of the commission’s panel of experts goes, it seems likely that the...
By Mohammed Ghobari in Sanaa, Reuters, Dec. 5, 2013 (WITH VIDEO)
A suicide bomber and gunmen wearing army uniforms attacked Yemen's defense ministry on Thursday, killing 52 people including foreign medical staff, government sources said, in the country's worst militant assault in 18 months.
One attacker drove a car packed with explosives into the gate of the ministry's compound, then gunmen in another vehicle sped in and opened fire on soldiers and doctors and nurses working at a hospital inside, witnesses told Reuters.
The U.S. military raised its alert status in the region after the coordinated strikes...
By Nima Elbagir, Laura Smith-Spark and Faith Karimi, CNN, Dec. 5, 2013 (WITH VIDEO)
Bossangoa, Central African Republic -- Months after a coup escalated chaos and violence in the Central African Republic, the U.N. Security Council on Thursday unanimously approved the deployment of African and French forces there.
The council also voted to impose an arms embargo on the nation, which is east of Cameroon and north of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
A representative of the Central African Republic told the council the vote would "give reasons to hope for a new dawn" for the country's embattled population.
Fourty-nine Russian diplomats and diplomat wives were charged with Medicare fraud. Fourth-eight of 63 pregnancies among the Russian couples were covered by Medicare. The care was given at one unnamed hospital. Interestingly there are more health care providers in the Brighton Beach zip code banned from participating in Medicare programs because of past problems.