Aboard the Papal Plane — Pope Francis on Sunday said the Catholic Church should apologize to gay people and others who have been offended or exploited in the past. "I believe that the church not only should apologize to the person who is gay whom it has offended," the Pope said, "but has to apologize to the poor, to exploited women, to children exploited for labor; it has to ask forgiveness for having blessed many weapons." The Rev. James Martin, a Jesuit priest and editor at large of America magazine, called the Pope´s apology historic. "This is a groundbreaking moment. While
Support for Donald Trump has plunged as he has alienated fellow Republicans and large majorities of voters overall in the course of a month of self-inflicted controversies, propelling Democrat Hillary Clinton to a double-digit lead nationally in a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. The survey finds sweeping unease with the presumptive Republican nominee’s candidacy — from his incendiary rhetoric and values to his handling of both terrorism and his own business — foreshadowing that the November election could be a referendum on Trump more than anything else. Roughly two in three Americans say they think Trump is
The Shadow Health Secretary Heidi Alexander has demanded a change in leadership of the Labour Party and has stepped down from her role. Shortly after this announcement, the Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities Gloria De Piero also resigned. The Shadow Secretary of Scotland Ian Murray has also joined the mass exodus to resign from the cabinet. Labour MPs Margaret Hodge and Ann Coffrey have sent a letter to all Labour MPs saying: “The Conservative Party is deeply divided and that should be an opportunity for us, but it is clear that many traditional Labour voters feel that our Party no longer speaks to
A petition on the parliament website calling for a rerun of the EU referendum has gathered more than 1.5 million signatures in less than 24 hours. At the present rate of progress by the middle of next week the campaign could overtake the 2007 Downing Street petition urging the Government to abandon plans for pay as you go road pricing which attracted 1.8 million signatures. Such was the demand to sign the petition that the website crashed as a second petition, urging Sadiq Khan, London’s mayor, to declare the capital’s independence topped 100,000 signatures. On Thursday 51.9 percent of votes
George Will, television pundit and columnist at The Washington Post, said he has left the Republican Party, and he spelled out the pro-Hillary Clinton strategy he thinks will allow the establishment Republicans to regain control of the party after this presidential election. “This is not my party,” Will said at a fancy luncheon at the Federalist Society in Washington, D.C., where he took the party line in the nation’s capital and said that Trump would be worse than Clinton. “Make sure he loses. Grit their teeth for four years and win the White
The world’s richest nations have long been fueled by oil, coal and natural gas, but President Obama warned Friday that less affluent countries trying to take the same path will put the planet “under water.” In an interview with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, Mr. Obama said he hoped social-media “connectivity” will help convince developing nations to eschew fossil fuels, which contribute to rising carbon-dioxide levels in the atmosphere but are also less expensive and more reliable than green energy alternatives. “In terms of the problems we have to solve, energy is a classic example, the issue of climate change,” Mr.
(Video) On this weekend’s broadcast of “Fox News Sunday,” Washington Post columnist George Will explained why he left the Republican Party over presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. Will said, “I left it for the same reason I joined it in 1964 when I voted for Barry Goldwater, because I was a conservative. I leave for the same reason, I’m a conservative. To give you a time line, shortly after Trump became the presumptive nominee he had a summit meeting with Paul Ryan where they stressed their vast shared ground, which is more important than their differences. I thought that