Tanzanian bishops stress peace as murdered priest laid to rest

CNA STAFF, Feb 22, 2013 / 04:08 pm (CNA).- The bishops of Tanzania called on the local people to work and pray for peace after the recent murder of Father Evarist Mushi on the island of Zanzibar. Bishop Tarsisius Ngalalekumtwa, president of the Bishops’ Conference of Tanzania, said in his funeral homily that the first victim of the killing is the peace that exists between Christians and Muslims in the country. He urged the community to resist the temptation to respond to the tragedy with … [Read more...]

Morning-after pills all have abortive potential, doctor says

Rome, Italy, Feb 22, 2013 / 02:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The reasoning offered by the German Catholic bishops for allowing the morning-after pill in rape cases is being faulted for citing information that is not medically accurate. “There is absolutely no such pill with a 100 percent guarantee that it will not cause an abortion,” said Dr. Catherine Vierling, who studied medicine at the Universities of Paris and Strasbourg. The German bishops unanimously agreed on Feb. 21 to allow … [Read more...]

Doctor calls German bishops misled on morning-after pill

Rome, Italy, Feb 22, 2013 / 12:27 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A leading Catholic doctor in Spain says he will write a letter to Germany's bishops to help correct what he believes to be their mistaken views on the morning-after pill. “I'm going to write a long letter to the German Bishops' Conference to give them some scientific light about this topic,” Doctor Justo Aznar told CNA Feb. 22 after the Pontifical Academy for Life's annual meeting at the Vatican. The German … [Read more...]

John Paul II’s canonization progress remains confidential

Rome, Italy, Feb 22, 2013 / 12:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican’s continuing work on Blessed John Paul II’s cause for sainthood cannot currently be made public, said the prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints. “We are working on it, it is going well, and various documents are coming into the Congregation for the Saints,” Cardinal Angelo Amato said, responding to a flurry of media reports about an alleged miracle that would pave the way for the … [Read more...]

German bishops’ morning-after pill decision causes concern

Rome, Italy, Feb 22, 2013 / 11:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Doctors and people involved in pro-life work say that the German bishops’ decision to allow morning-after pills for rape victims raises strong concerns and that the drug in question can cause a chemical abortion.   “There is a real dangerous precedent that could be set here again because the news moves so quickly,” said Vicky Thorn, founder of Project Rachel, in a Feb. 22 interview with CNA. “There is real … [Read more...]

Young amputee’s sports success brings joy to family

Woodburn, Ind., Feb 22, 2013 / 04:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The story of an Indiana teen who continues to make local sports headlines despite having prosthetic legs has highlighted the Catholic faith and pro-life devotion of his parents. Like most American teens, Nik Hoot, a 16 year-old sophomore at Woodlan High School in Woodburn, In., has yet to meet an extra-curricular activity he does not enjoy. He has played football, baseball, basketball and is now a semi-state qualifier for his weight … [Read more...]

Young amputee’s sports success brings joy to family

Woodburn, In., Feb 22, 2013 / 04:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The story of an Indiana teen who continues to make local sports headlines despite having prosthetic legs has highlighted the Catholic faith and pro-life devotion of his parents. Like most American teens, Nik Hoot, a 16 year-old sophomore at Woodlan High School in Woodburn, In., has yet to meet an extra-curricular activity he does not enjoy. He’s played football, baseball, basketball and is now a semi-state qualifier for his … [Read more...]

Poll finds strong approval for Pope Benedict, Catholic tradition

Washington D.C., Feb 22, 2013 / 02:05 am (CNA).- As the Feb. 28 resignation of Pope Benedict XVI approaches, the vast majority of U.S. Catholics have a favorable view of the pontiff, and the majority support traditional Catholic teaching as well. According to a recent survey by Pew Research Center, 74 percent of U.S. Catholics “express a favorable view of the pope.” This rating is similar to that March 2008, when about three in four Catholics held a “very” or … [Read more...]

Legislators behind religious freedom law support Hobby Lobby

Washington D.C., Feb 22, 2013 / 12:03 am (CNA).- Nearly a dozen U.S. lawmakers who supported a 1993 law protecting religious liberty have formally defended Hobby Lobby in its recent religious freedom lawsuit. “Congress has commanded equal treatment of all under a religion-protective rule. Defendants may not pick and choose whose exercise of religion is protected and whose is not,” said the “friend-of-the-court” brief filed on behalf of nine U.S. Senators and two members … [Read more...]

Spending cuts will harm poor, warns Catholic agency

Washington D.C., Feb 21, 2013 / 05:13 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- If members of Congress do not come to an agreement on a debt reduction proposal, the resulting spending cuts may threaten the lives of those in poverty, cautioned Catholic Relief Services. Members of Catholics Confront Global Poverty, an initiative of Catholic Relief Services, agreed with conclusions by several U.S. bishops that while “Congress has a responsibility to reduce federal deficits and improve our fiscal health,” … [Read more...]