According to widely cited Italian media reports, Francis recently told a young boy grieving the loss of a pet dog that "paradise is open to all God's creatures." It's yet another instance of Francis appearing to rock the theological boat carrying the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics on their voyage to eternity.
They share a cause: to stop school shootings forever. One wants to change gun laws; the other mental health. Two years into their battle, this U.S. senator and representative are frustrated -- and determined.
The Pentagon's recent statement that Iran may have conducted air strikes against ISIS targets in Iraq's Diyala Province is tantamount to a U.S. tacit approval of Iran's growing military footprint in Iraq.