The United States Army will now allow soldiers to wear turbans, hijabs, and other religious markers, according to a new policy issued last week.
The new uniform regulations come after years of petitions from Sikhs, whose religious beliefs mandate them to grow their hair long and keep their heads covered with a turban. Army grooming standards compelling men to be clean-shaven particularly restricted Sikh men from enlisting, because to do so would require them violate the precepts of their faith. Read more about U.S. Army to Permit Religious Turbans, Beards, and Hijabs
In the month since Donald Trump was elected president of the United States, churches across the nation have joined an ecumenical movement to provide safe haven to immigrants.
The “sanctuary” movement is a wide-sweeping effort among universities, religious communities, and other sites that serve the public to provide refuge to those under threat of deportation. “Sanctuary” can take a variety of forms, from serving as a symbol of the congregation’s support of immigrants to offering physical shelter in cases of crisis. Read more about Post-Election, Churches Across Nation Declare Sanctuary Status
Last week, Pope Francis announced that he will indefinitely extend the power of Catholic priests to forgive abortions.
The extension follows the Church’s Jubilee Year of Mercy—a practice rooted in the Old Testament of the Christian Bible. Originally occurring every 50 years, the jubilee was a yearlong reminder of God’s mercy, during which time debts were absolved and relationships were restored. In the Roman Catholic Church, the pope can call an extraordinary year of jubilee at his discretion. Read more about Pope Francis Extends Priests’ Power to Forgive Abortions