VATICAN CITY (AP):
Pope Francis opened a landmark meeting yesterday on reforming the Catholic Church, saying he wants a missionary church with a modern spirit that gives hope to the poor, the young and the elderly like his namesake St Francis did.
Francis convened his own parallel cabinet of eight cardinals from around the globe for three days of brainstorming on revamping the Vatican bureaucracy and other reforms. The move fulfills a key mandate of the cardinals who elected him pope to involve local church leaders in making decisions about the universal church.
China's notoriously opaque courts have suddenly embraced social media to provide a window into their proceedings, to boost a sceptical public's confidence in the country's Communist Party-controlled legal system. Nearly 1,000 Chinese courts have set up microblog accounts. One in central China released a blow-by-blow of a murder appeal last week, complete with a photo of the convict signing his verdict in handcuffs.
Thirty-four young migrants are in United States (US) custody after trying to enter the US without documents in the latest round of what is becoming a new tactic in confronting what they consider unjust US immigration policies. US immigration officials interviewed the group dressed in colourful graduation caps and gowns late into the night Monday after they marched across one of the bridges connecting Mexico to Laredo while chanting "Undocumented and unafraid!"
The young people all spent long stretches of their childhoods in US cities like Los Angeles and Phoenix and want to return.