Some important law-and-religion stories from around the web:
- The Iraqi military says it will soon oust ISIS from Mosul, the organization’s last remaining stronghold in Iraq, even as ISIS began using female suicide bombers in the city on Monday.
- Critics say a new regulation promulgated by the Indian government ostensibly aimed at promoting animal welfare is really meant to curtail the slaughter of cows in the country, something long sought by the country’s majority-Hindu population.
- A South African court has ruled that public schools may not promote one religion over others.
- Pope Francis will not renew the term of influential conservative Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller as head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
- A Canadian school district’s decision to continue to allow Muslim students a worship space for their Friday prayers has ignited a firestorm of controversy that pits advocates of multiculturalism against advocates of church-state separation.
- President Donald Trump and the Pope have both expressed support for the parents of a terminally ill infant who have been fighting a hospital’s decision to withdraw his life support.