Happy Thursday! On this date 401 years ago, the Mayflower set sail from England bound for America. If those 130 brave passengers didn’t make their journey that day, the Chicago Bears likely would never have been in a position to draft Justin Fields this year. Thank you, pilgrims.
Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories
President Joe Biden announced a new trilateral security agreement with Australia and the United Kingdom on Wednesday with the aim of helping Australia develop nuclear submarine capabilities. Although China was not directly mentioned in Biden’s remarks, the partnership—which will also include coordination on cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, and quantum computing—is clearly intended to challenge its hegemony in the Indo-Pacific region.
Both North and South Korea fired test ballistic missiles on Wednesday, with South Korea testing a submarine-launched ballistic missile and North Korea firing two ballistic missiles that flew several hundred miles and landed in the ocean. The State Department condemned North Korea’s launch as “in violation of multiple U.N. Security Council resolution.”
Pope Francis on Wednesday waded into the debate over administering Communion to Catholic politicians who support abortion, saying that—while he is not up-to-date on the specifics of the situation with President Biden—bishops should minister with “compassion and tenderness” rather than condemnation. He maintained that accepting abortion is “accept[ing] homicide,” but reiterated his belief that the Eucharist “is not a prize for the perfect” but rather “a gift of the presence of Jesus in the church.”