Court allows Texas to de-fund Planned Parenthood

New Orleans, La., Oct 27, 2012 / 05:44 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A federal appeals court has declined a rehearing for Planned Parenthood, which was trying to block Texas' effort to defund its clinics in the state.“Today's ruling affirms yet again that in Texas the Women's Health Program has no obligation to fund Planned Parenthood and other organizations that perform or promote abortion,” Texas governor Rick Perry said in a statement Oct. 25.“In Texas we choose … [Read more...]

Cardinal O’Brien calls for witness to Jesus’ empty tomb

Rome, Italy, Oct 27, 2012 / 02:28 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As Cardinal Edwin F. O'Brien took possession of his titular church, St. Sebastian on the Palatine Hill, he called on Catholics to imitate Saint Sebastian's witness to the resurrection of Christ.“The Sepulchre is empty, and whether in 3rd century Rome or 21st century suffering Christian Palestine, His followers are willing to stake their lives on the fact both of the empty tomb and of the living Christ,” the cardinal … [Read more...]

Montana church rededicated on Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary

Bozeman, Mont., Oct 27, 2012 / 01:04 pm (CNA).- Chrism oil on the altar, blessings over a new baptismal font and a standing-room congregation were part of the rededication of Holy Rosary Parish in Bozeman, Mont. on Sunday, Oct. 7, the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary.Bishop George Leo Thomas of Helena, celebrated the Mass that included Fathers Leo Proxell, who is the Holy Rosary pastor; Joe Oblinger, a retired priest in Big Sky; Val Zdilla, pastor at Resurrection Parish in Bozeman; and … [Read more...]

Christian Bale presents award to blind pro-life activist from China

New York City, N.Y., Oct 27, 2012 / 07:51 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Hollywood actor Christian Bale presented a human rights award to Chinese pro-life advocate Chen Guangcheng for fighting forced abortions in China, praising him as a courageous and inspirational figure.By exposing “a program of forced abortion and sterilization in Shandong,” Chen exemplified the “values that we teach our children every day of helping our fellow man,” Bale said.Chen was the 2012 Human … [Read more...]