In Pope Francis' document, he denounces the anti-human effects of the "idolatry"of the market and the radical wealth inequality resulting from it, but what is really new is making this issue the center of the Catholic Church's mission.
Francis I is blasting the "tyranny" of unfettered capitalism, economic inequity and financial finagling.
Former South African President Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela celebrated his 95th birthday on Thursday, July 18.
Legislation to legalize gay marriage finally cleared Parliament, paving the way for the first same-sex weddings in England and Wales next summer.
The so-called Guptagate scandal that has gripped South Africa over the past month has further exposed the scale of corruption dogging the ruling ANC. President Zuma was reportedly incandescent with rage.
Dozens of supporters of Israeli conscientious objector Natan Blanc demonstrated outside military headquarters on Tuesday.
There were tweets every minute and soon tens of thousands of electronic messages - all about sexual harassment and sexism in general.
London's Olympics was the site of laudable developments for women's access to and full participation in major athletic activities.
Defenders of the status quo assert that the monarchy is largely symbolic or even little more than a tourist attraction, but its residual powers are real, extensive and undemocratic.
The world has more than enough wealth to ensure every adult on the planet a significant nest egg - but that doesn't mean people aren't starving.