Christian leaders praise Romney, Republican platform

Denver, Colo., Sep 25, 2012 / 04:38 pm (CNA).- A diverse group of 28 Christian leaders has sent a letter to GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney praising him for the social policies included in the Republican Party's 2012 platform.“On those matters of social policy that address our deepest concerns—the sanctity of human life, compassion for the downtrodden and persecuted, the identity of the family, and religious freedom, the Republican platform speaks clearly and … [Read more...]

Cardinal Wuerl recalls Church’s unchanging foundation in Christ

Washington D.C., Sep 25, 2012 / 04:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- With its identity firmly rooted in the person of Jesus Christ, the Catholic Church's mission to proclaim the Gospel continues unchanged throughout time and place, said Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington, D.C. Carrying out this mission requires the participation of all of the faithful, the cardinal said, adding that “if we want a world that more clearly reflects the high ideals of the Gospel, all of us must be actively … [Read more...]

Americans represented among Synod of Bishops experts

Vatican City, Sep 25, 2012 / 03:39 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI has appointed 10 Catholics from the United States as advisers and auditors for the forthcoming Synod of Bishops in Rome. The gathering of 200 bishops from around the globe will take place at the Vatican Oct. 7-28 under the title of “The New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Christian Faith.” The experts and auditors are not voting members of the synod but are available to give advice and help to … [Read more...]

Conscience rights for pharmacists upheld in Illinois ruling

Washington D.C., Sep 25, 2012 / 12:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An Illinois appeals court’s ruling on the conscience rights of pharmacists is being hailed as a victory for religious freedom and could offer hope to current lawsuits challenging the federal contraception mandate.“Government can’t force pharmacists and pharmacies to violate their religious beliefs to stay in business,” said Mark Rienzi, senior counsel at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which has been … [Read more...]

Peruvian archbishop condemns rise in terrorism, drug trafficking

Piura, Peru, Sep 25, 2012 / 12:06 pm (CNA).- Archbishop Jose Antonio Eguren of Piura urged Peruvians to pray for the Virgin Mary's intercession, as drug trafficking and terrorism are on the rise throughout Latin America.   In a Sept. 24 Mass in honor of Our Lady of Mercies, Archbishop Eguren recalled the 1992 capture of Abimael Guzman, the leader of the Peruvian terrorist group called the Shining Path.   Although the group's activity declined in the years following … [Read more...]

HHS mandate allows minors free contraception, sterilization

Washington D.C., Sep 25, 2012 / 04:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Minor children on their parents’ health care plans will have free coverage of sterilization and contraception, including abortion-causing drugs, under the controversial HHS mandate – and depending on the state, they can obtain access without parental consent.Matt Bowman, senior counsel for the religious liberty legal group Alliance Defending Freedom, said the mandate “tramples parental rights” because it … [Read more...]

Catholics in India calling for protest of ‘objectionable’ Bollywood film

Mumbai, India, Sep 25, 2012 / 02:24 am (CNA).- Catholic groups in India have called for the protest of an upcoming Hindi film if scenes portraying believers and clergy in an offensive manner are not removed from the film.“If the clergy of any other religion would not be seen in such a manner, why is it expected that the Christian community keep quiet over such mockery and ridicule of its faith?” Joseph Dias said in a Sept. 21 statement from the Catholic-Christian Secular … [Read more...]