Vatican officials tour Philly ahead of conference
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Vatican officials have conducted a tour in Philadelphia ahead of a major Roman Catholic gathering that the city’s archbishop believes will include an appearance by the pope.
Archbishop Charles Chaput (SHAP’-yoo) said he’s “personally convinced” the pontiff is coming to the World Meeting of Families in September 2015. But he stressed that nothing is certain until an official announcement from the Holy See, which won’t come for several months.
NYPD defends use of Muslim informants
NEW YORK (AP) - The New York Police Department is taking a tough stance in a legal battle over its use of informants in the city’s Muslim community.
The department announced last month that it was disbanding a unit that tracked the everyday lives of Muslims. But it is fighting a lawsuit that challenges its ongoing practice of cultivating Muslim informants to detect terror threats. The practice incudes debriefing Muslims who are stopped by police.
The lawsuit was filed last year on behalf of two Brooklyn mosques, an imam and three other plaintiffs. It asks a federal judge to declare the surveillance unconstitutional and halt it. The city has struck back by demanding to see any communications by the plaintiffs that mention terrorism, jihad or the war in Afghanistan.
The plaintiffs say the city is unjustly seeking information that’s private.