Morning-after pill to be made available over the counter

Washington D.C., Apr 30, 2013 / 04:44 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On April 30, the Food and Drug Administration approved over the counter sale of the morning-after pill Plan B One-Step to “women 15 years of age and older.”Plan B One-Step is the name of the drug, made exclusively by Teva Women's Health, Inc., which acts as an emergency contraceptive which reduces the possibility of pregnancy when taken up to three days after sexual intercourse. It is taken as a single-dose 1.5 mg … [Read more...]

US bishops name religious freedom advocate as president’s spokeswoman

Washington D.C., Apr 30, 2013 / 04:22 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has hired religious liberty attorney and mother of six Kim Daniels as spokesperson for conference president Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan.The bishops’ conference said April 29 that it “welcomes” Daniels, who brings with her experience as director of Catholic Voices USA, a lay Catholic organization that “works to bring the positive message of the Church across a broad range of … [Read more...]

Murdered Guatemalan bishop remembered for peace efforts

Guatemala City, Guatemala, Apr 30, 2013 / 01:12 pm (CNA).- During a Mass to commemorate the 15th anniversary of Bishop Juan Jose Gerardi’s death, Archbishop Oscar Julio Vian of Guatemala City recalled the late bishop as a “martyr of peace.”The Mass was celebrated upon conclusion of a document about the violence caused by the Guatemalan civil war from 1960-1996. Numerous bishops and priests from the country concelebrated.“He fought to build a more just and … [Read more...]

Retired Illinois bishop dies after 70 years of priesthood

Rockford, Ill., Apr 30, 2013 / 11:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop emeritus Arthur J. O'Neill of Rockford, Ill., died at his residence on April 27. The 95-year-old had recently celebrated the 70th anniversary of his priestly ordination.The faithful will be able to visit Bishop O'Neill's body on May 2 from 4-8 p.m. at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Rockford, and the Office of the Dead will be prayed there at 7:30.Bishop O'Neill's funeral Mass will be said the following day, … [Read more...]

Columnist blasts media for Gosnell tardiness

Philadelphia, Pa., Apr 30, 2013 / 10:17 am (CNA).- In a column written for Catholic News Agency, former editor-in-chief of the National Catholic Register Francis Maier has called attention to the media's failure to cover the trial of abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell.Closing arguments were made in Gosnell's trial in Philadelphia on April 29. He is charged with the murder of one mother and four infants who were allegedly killed after being born alive despite his efforts to abort … [Read more...]

Israeli president discusses Middle East conflict, invites Pope to visit

Vatican City, Apr 30, 2013 / 09:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Israeli president Shimon Peres invited Pope Francis to visit the Holy Land during an April 30 meeting with him at the Vatican. “I am expecting you in Jerusalem, not just me but the whole country of Israel,” Peres told the Pope in the Apostolic Palace. He made his invitation in front of journalists after holding a private 30-minute meeting with the pontiff in which they discussed the ongoing conflicts in the Middle … [Read more...]

Vatican monastery prepares for Benedict XVI’s return

Vatican City, Apr 30, 2013 / 08:30 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Benedict XVI will return to the Vatican on May 2 by helicopter, coming back the same way he left just two months ago when he resigned as Pope. The return of a former Pope is something that has no historical precedent, making everything a new one for the Vatican’s staff. Father Federico Lombardi, the director of the Vatican’s press office, told CNA April 30 that “there will be someone there to welcome Benedict … [Read more...]