Washington DC

Cardinal hails victory for pro-lifers

The US Supreme Court has ruled that a California law requiring crisis pregnancy centres to post notices about nearby abortion services violates the rights of free speech enshrined in the constitution. Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York praised the ruling as “an important victory for the free speech rights of pro-life organisations”. He said it allowed pro-life centres to continue providing support “without being forced by governments to provide free advertising for the violent act of abortion”. The court found that the law changed the content of clinics’ speech “by compelling petitioners to speak a particular message”, and that it went further than being a mere “regulation of professional conduct that incidentally burdens speech”.

Mexico City

Bishops congratulate radical new president

Mexico’s bishops have congratulated leftist leader Andrés Manuel López Obrador on his landslide presidential election victory. The new president, known as Amlo, has promised to tackle corruption and crime. During the election campaign 100 candidates and their staff were killed. Amlo is a former altar server who describes himself as a “Christian in the broadest sense”. In a statement, the bishops said a better future was only possible if every citizen worked towards it. “No ruler by himself has all the ideas and all the solutions,” they said. As the votes were being counted, Amlo said: “The changes will be profound.”

Matagalpa

Men with machetes smash up diocesan centre

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