Mandate changes insufficient, say religious liberty groups

Washington D.C., Feb 2, 2013 / 04:27 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Religious freedom advocates throughout the country are voicing disappointment at suggested changes to the federal contraception mandate aimed at resolving freedom of conscience concerns.“Today’s proposed rule does nothing to protect the religious liberty of millions of Americans,” said Kyle Duncan, general counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.Duncan was one of numerous critics who raised concerns over … [Read more...]

Mother who chose life reunited with daughter years later

Ocean Springs, Miss., Feb 2, 2013 / 11:57 am (CNA).- Jackie White’s greatest Christmas gift didn't come wrapped in pretty paper and adorned with a bow.It wasn’t a new car, an iPhone or one of the latest and greatest electronic gadgets. It was her birth mother.After extensive research, White located her biological mother, Bette Fanning, who had given her up for adoption in 1965.“I was a single mother. I had been divorced from my first husband. I had three boys. I … [Read more...]

Catholic brothers to face-off as Super Bowl coaches

San Francisco, Calif., Feb 2, 2013 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Brothers John and Jim Harbaugh, coaches of the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers, respectively, have seen their fair share of sibling rivalry – but this weekend's Super Bowl should prove to be a contest like no other. The last time the brothers squared off on the same field was Thanksgiving of 2011 where John led his Baltimore Ravens to a victory over Jim’s San Francisco 49ers, while at the same time … [Read more...]

NY cardinals remember Mayor Koch as friend to Catholics

New York City, N.Y., Feb 1, 2013 / 07:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Timothy Dolan and Cardinal Edward Egan responded to the death of New York City Mayor Ed Koch with praise for the Jewish official's collaboration and friendship with Catholics. “He will have special place in my prayers, and in those of the Catholic community he loved and worked closely with, this weekend,” said Cardinal Dolan, who has been Archbishop of New York since 2009. Cardinal Dolan said that as a … [Read more...]

Archbishop Gomez praised for ideal approach to LA removals

Los Angeles, Calif., Feb 1, 2013 / 05:22 pm (CNA).- Archbishop José Gomez's decision to relieve Cardinal Roger Mahony and Bishop Thomas Curry of their duties in the L.A. archdiocese is being welcomed as “the best possible thing he could have done.” “The archbishop has in one stroke, opened up the doors and let in the sunlight,” historian and author Charles Coulombe told CNA Feb. 1. “It is an enormously difficult task he has taken would have … [Read more...]