Contraception mandate challenge reaches appeals court

Washington D.C., Dec 15, 2012 / 04:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals has become the first federal appellate court to hear arguments surrounding the federal contraception mandate, as two religious colleges argue that their religious freedom is threatened by the rule. “The decision from the D.C. Circuit will no doubt influence the decisions of others courts,” said Kyle Duncan, general counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. Duncan told CNA … [Read more...]

Bar owner serves Christmas charity

Milwaukee, Wis., Dec 15, 2012 / 01:02 pm (CNA).- An elderly couple walks into Kip’s Inn and hands bar owner Kim Engebregtsen a plastic bag with a Barbie doll in it.“Oh, thank you!” Engebregtsen said. “I needed this. This was the last thing on the list.”She hugged the couple and directed them to the bar to enjoy some drinks with other folks from the neighborhood.The list to which Engebregtsen referred was given to her by Catholic Charities with the Christmas … [Read more...]

Church leaders express prayers, condolences over Sandy Hook shooting

Denver, Colo., Dec 15, 2012 / 10:45 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Members of the Catholic hierarchy have expressed grief and sorrow over the Dec. 14 elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn. while offering prayers for victims and their families. A telegram sent on behalf of Pope Benedict XVI to the Diocese of Bridgeport conveyed the Holy Father’s “heartfelt grief” for the victims of yesterday’s violent school shooting that took the lives of 28 people, 20 of whom were … [Read more...]

New book explores spiritual sisterhood with saints

Washington D.C., Dec 15, 2012 / 06:04 am (CNA).- A new book recounting the true story of one woman's faith voyage encourages women to turn to the saints as they strive to embrace their dignity amid the struggles of the modern world. “The saints are amazing guides for us on our journey,” said Colleen Carroll Campbell, journalist and author of a new spiritual memoir, “My Sisters the Saints.” Published in October by Image/Random House, the book details … [Read more...]

Achieving peace requires respect for all human life, Pope states

Vatican City, Dec 14, 2012 / 05:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- More than anything else, the path to peace involves “respect for human life in all its many aspects,” Pope Benedict XVI said in his message for the annual World Day of Peace.“At the birth of Jesus, the angels proclaim the message ‘glory to God on high, and on earth peace to men of good will.’ With the birth of the savior, peace was wished for the earth, for humanity,” Cardinal Peter K. Turkson, … [Read more...]