Military archdiocese objects to Catholic ‘extremist’ label

Washington D.C., Apr 9, 2013 / 04:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Catholic Archdiocese for the Military Services has said it is “astounded” at a U.S. Army Reserve training brief that listed Catholics alongside “violent and extremist” groups. “The archdiocese calls upon the Department of Defense to review these materials and to ensure that taxpayer funds are never again used to present blatantly anti-religious material to the men and women in uniform,” the … [Read more...]

Knights of Columbus call for end to HHS mandate

New Haven, Conn., Apr 9, 2013 / 04:02 pm (CNA).- The Knights of Columbus filed formal comments with the U.S. government on Monday, calling for an end to the Health and Human Services mandate and “a new course” that would not require Americans to cover medical services to which they have religious and moral objections. The Knights, a Catholic charitable fraternal organization with 1.8 million U.S. members, invited the Obama administration to “make every effort to protect the … [Read more...]

Pope to visit Rome center for undocumented refugees

Rome, Italy, Apr 9, 2013 / 12:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A priest in Rome says Pope Francis personally called him to say he will visit the Astalli Center, a local facility run by the Jesuits, that helps thousands of undocumented refugees – many with tragic histories. “Yesterday I received a call on my cell phone. It was Pope Francis and he told me he would come. This is wonderful,” Father Giovanni La Manna, head of the Jesuit Service for Refugees in Rome, posted on his Twitter … [Read more...]

Margaret Thatcher a ‘staunch family champion,’ ambassador says

Rome, Italy, Apr 9, 2013 / 10:45 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After Pope Francis praised the Christian ethics of the late Baroness Margaret Thatcher, the British ambassador to the Holy See emphasized her strong defense of family values. “Lady Thatcher was a staunch champion of the family,” said Vatican ambassador Nigel Baker. “She will be remembered by people of faith in Britain as a leader with conviction, passion, determination and decisiveness, qualities that continue to be … [Read more...]

Vatican stem cell event aims for wide cultural impact

Vatican City, Apr 9, 2013 / 10:26 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican's upcoming conference on adult stem cell research aims to influence culture by promoting dialogue between politicians, medical researchers, journalists and students on the latest developments.   Monsignor Tomasz Trafny, head of the Pontifical Council for Culture's Science and Faith foundation, explained to journalists April 9 that the event hopes to impact society by “pointing to research models of … [Read more...]

Heroic Korean War priest remembered by prison-mate

Washington D.C., Apr 9, 2013 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A fellow prisoner of war has fondly recalled the heroism of Father Emil Kapaun, a U.S. Army chaplain who died in a North Korean camp and is posthumously receiving the Medal of Honor April 11. Eighty-five year-old veteran Mike Dowe still remembers the day in 1950 when he marched nearly 90 miles to the prison camp in Pyoktong after being captured at the battle of Unsan. “There was this one character who kept going around … [Read more...]

Egypt’s Christians call for peace after attack on Orthodox cathedral

Cairo, Egypt, Apr 9, 2013 / 02:03 am (CNA).- Christian leaders in Egypt appealed for calm after a mob attacked St. Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Cairo on Sunday during the funeral of four Coptic Christians killed in sectarian clashes. At least two Christians died and over 80 were injured in the Sunday attacks, which marked the third day of sectarian violence, according to the Christian Post. Pope Tawadros II, the Patriarch of the Coptic Orthodox Church said the Egypt must … [Read more...]