Tens of thousands pledge support for Hobby Lobby

Washington D.C., Jan 5, 2013 / 04:03 pm (CNA).- More than 64,000 people throughout the U.S. have signed up to support Hobby Lobby on Jan. 5 for risking millions of dollars in profit to follow its Christian principles. A Facebook page dedicated to supporting the arts and crafts retailer called on “all Americans who value freedom of religion and oppose the HHS Mandate's unfair impositions” to support the company on Jan. 5 by shopping at either their local Hobby Lobby store or … [Read more...]

Hanukkah celebration honors legacy of Pope John Paul II

San Antonio, Texas, Jan 5, 2013 / 01:08 pm (CNA).- For the 11th year, Catholics and Jews gathered together for a special joint Hanukkah celebration that has become a unique San Antonio tradition.On Dec. 13, about 500 members of both faiths filled the tables at San Fernando Cathedral’s AT&T Community Centre, welcomed by San Fernando’s rector, Father Tony Vilano, to “this Hanukkah celebration that has been going strong every year,” with Alice Viroslav, president of … [Read more...]

Alabama and Notre Dame bring faith to football showdown

Miami, Fla., Jan 5, 2013 / 06:15 am (CNA).- As Alabama and Notre Dame prepare to face each other in college football’s Bowl Championship Series, both teams will also have the chance to spiritually prepare for the big game.Father Gerald Holloway, who has been the pastor at the parish attached to the University of Alabama for nine years, explained to CNA that he says Mass for the Catholic members of the team before every game.Alabama and Notre Dame will play their championship game on … [Read more...]

Church of England allows gay men to become bishops

London, England, Jan 4, 2013 / 06:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Church of England has decided to permit gay male clergy in civil partnerships to become bishops, provided that they promise to be celibate. “The House (of Bishops) believed it would be unjust to exclude from consideration for the episcopate anyone seeking to live fully in conformity with the Church's teaching on sexual ethics or other areas of personal life and discipline,” Graham James, Anglican bishop of Norwich, … [Read more...]

Notre Dame mandate lawsuit dismissed as premature

Washington D.C., Jan 4, 2013 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A lawsuit filed by the University of Notre Dame to challenge the federal contraception mandate has been rejected as premature due to the government's promise to amend the regulation. “Notre Dame's claims aren't ripe, and they don’t have standing to bring them,” ruled district judge Robert L. Miller, Jr., on Dec. 31. Pointing to the government's promise to change the mandate for objecting religious … [Read more...]