Romney ad accuses Obama of ‘war on religion’

Boston, Mass., Aug 9, 2012 / 01:50 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The campaign of presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has released an ad accusing President Obama of declaring “war on religion” by supporting the controversial HHS mandate.“President Obama used his healthcare plan to declare war on religion, forcing religious institutions to go against their faith,” the ad says.“Mitt Romney believes that’s wrong,” it states.The ad, titled … [Read more...]

Peruvian cardinal reflects on struggle of 1997 hostage crisis

Lima, Peru, Aug 9, 2012 / 12:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- During the presentation of a new book on his experiences during the 1997 hostage crisis at the Japanese embassy in Lima, Cardinal Juan Cipriani recalled the days as “very difficult.” The cardinal noted that “a lot of faith, a lot of prayers,” went into the ordeal in which he acted on behalf of the Vatican in seeking a peaceful solution. In December of 1996, a group of terrorists stormed the Japanese embassy in … [Read more...]

LCWR’s evolutionary leadership will help determine future, keynote speaker says

St. Louis, Mo., Aug 9, 2012 / 11:20 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The keynote speaker at the annual Leadership Conference of Women Religious assembly assured the sisters that their qualities of “evolutionary leadership” will serve them well in their future decisions.Barbara Marx Hubbard, an author and promoter of “conscious evolution,” told approximately 900 sisters who gathered in St. Louis for their annual assembly that they are facing a profound moment in time.“We … [Read more...]

Obama reaffirms support for HHS mandate, downplays controversy

Denver, Colo., Aug 9, 2012 / 04:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- President Barack Obama reaffirmed his support for mandatory contraception coverage in a Wednesday campaign stop in Denver, drawing criticism from a lawyer representing a Colorado company fighting the mandate on religious freedom grounds.Matt Bowman, legal counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, objected to the president’s contention that offering exemptions to the mandatory coverage allows employers to control women.“The … [Read more...]

Missouri ‘Right to Pray’ amendment passes with large majority

Jefferson City, Mo., Aug 9, 2012 / 02:10 am (CNA).- A constitutional amendment protecting Missouri residents’ right to pray in public passed by large margins in the Aug. 8 election.Mike Hoey, executive director of the Missouri Catholic Conference, said the vote “repudiated religious intolerance.”“You don't have to see bringing religion to the public square as a threat,” Hoey told the St. Louis Post Dispatch. “We see it as positive thing, and most … [Read more...]

Thousands of viewers respond to pro-life TV ad’s offer of help

Austin, Texas, Aug 9, 2012 / 12:03 am (CNA).- More than 2,400 viewers responded to an advertisement offering help to women in crisis pregnancies, which aired over 50 times on Black Entertainment Television during summer 2012.“Women deserve to know about the compassionate help that is available to them, and this campaign accomplished just that,” Heroic Media CEO Brian Follett said in an Aug. 8 statement about the results of the ad that offered referrals to local pregnancy … [Read more...]