Kidnap of Syrian bishops sparks global concern
OCP News

The kidnapping of two Syrian bishops, reportedly by Chechen fighters, sparked international concern on Tuesday, as rebels battled regime and Hezbollah forces in Homs province, a watchdog said.

Philadelphia Abortion Doctor Is Cleared on Some Counts
Jon Hurdle, New York Times

A Pennsylvania judge on Tuesday threw out three of seven murder charges against a Philadelphia doctor charged with killing viable fetuses while performing abortions.

Same-sex marriage: French parliament approves new law

France has become the 14th country to approve a law allowing gay marriage.

J.R.R. Tolkien and the Catholic Imagination
Arman J. Partamian, Matins Musings

The Lord of the Rings is a masterpiece of Catholic literature, and in fact was a big factor in my conversion to Catholicism.