Archive for: September, 2021

Six things you should know about the Afghan refugees and the resettlement program in Oklahoma

Patrick Raglow, executive director of Catholic Charities of Oklahoma City, learned that the youngest members of a family of Afghan refugees newly arrived to Oklahoma were trying to wash their feet, along with their face, hands and arms before prayer, as is custom in their Islamic faith. Many observant Muslims perform a purification ritual before prayer and many mosques are designed…Read More

Gov. Stitt won’t decide on commuting Julius Jones until after clemency hearing

Gov. Kevin Stitt announced that he will not decide on whether to commute Julius Jones’ sentence, which the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board recommended he do, until after a clemency hearing on Jones’ case is completed. Stitt issued the following statement on Tuesday evening: “I am not accepting the Pardon and Parole Board’s recommendation to…Read More

President Biden expected to meet Pope Francis at end of October, sources say

Pope Francis is expected to receive Joe Biden on Oct. 29, in the U.S. president’s first official visit to the Vatican since his inauguration, according to sources at the Apostolic Palace. The sources told CNA on Sept. 25 that their information came directly from the Prefecture for the Pontifical Household. Though encounters with heads of…Read More

‘Absurd’ pro-abortion laws in California highlight need for parent-child communication, policy expert says

California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a pair of bills Sept. 22 that relate to privacy surrounding abortion, and a policy expert commented to CNA that the laws highlight the importance of parent-child communication regarding difficult topics such as abortion. Kathleen Domingo, Executive Director of the California Catholic Conference, told CNA that the new laws, while…Read More

‘Something that I don’t take lightly’: Gov. Stitt still mulling Julius Jones commutation

Gov. Kevin Stitt said he is leaning on his faith and the advice of former Oklahoma governors as he carefully considers whether to commute the sentence of a high-profile death row inmate. Stitt said Friday he is still considering whether to commute the sentence of Julius Jones, whose case has garnered national attention. “It certainly is something…Read More

Oklahoma abortion facilities see surge in out-of-state patients following new Texas law

Oklahoma abortion facilities are seeing a surge in out-of-state patients after Texas recently implemented the strictest anti-abortion law in the country. Women are traveling from as far as Houston, Galveston and Corpus Christi to seek an abortion in Oklahoma City. A spokesman for the Trust Women facility in Oklahoma estimates the facility has seen an eightfold increase in patients traveling from Texas. One…Read More

Republicans Fight to Have Pro-Life Measures Included in Infrastructure Bill

US House committees have finished writing their portions of the $3.5 trillion human infrastructure bill, which contains much of President Joe Biden’s economic agenda. However, pro-life protections that have been a regular part of federal budgets for decades are missing in the bill. Republicans in both chambers are firing back saying they are not going…Read More

More Than 35 Lawmakers Urge Governor To Review Richard Glossip’s Death Row Case

Dozens of Oklahoma state lawmakers are calling on Governor Kevin Stitt to order an independent investigation into the case of a death row prisoner. The lawmakers are even taking Richard Glossip’s case to national TV. A documentary about Glossip a few years ago titled “Killing Richard Glossip” continues to get international attention. Now, there is…Read More