Administration appeals judge’s order on Plan B access

Washington D.C., May 2, 2013 / 05:33 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Obama administration filed an appeal notice Wednesday to challenge a judge’s decision requiring that the morning-after pill be available without a prescription to girls of any age.The Department of Justice is contesting the decision of U.S. District Judge Edward R. Korman on the grounds that “the remedies that the judge ordered were beyond his authority,” according to a Justice Department official who spoke to the … [Read more...]

Bishop calls for courage as ‘gay marriage’ passes in RI

Providence, R.I., May 2, 2013 / 03:56 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Thomas J. Tobin of Providence lamented Rhode Island’s new law recognizing “gay marriage,” using his pastoral letter to call on Catholics to have courage in the face of negative cultural change. “We must continue to engage our culture, remembering that Jesus called us to be ‘the salt of the earth and the light of the world’,” Bishop Tobin said in his May 2 letter. “Without a … [Read more...]

Knights grateful for Gonzaga student group status

Spokane, Wash., May 2, 2013 / 12:35 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Knights of Columbus applauded a decision by Gonzaga University to grant them recognition as a sponsored organization after their application to be acknowledged as a student club was denied.“We welcome this development and appreciate that our college Knight of Columbus Council #12583 has received official approval” as a sponsored university organization, the group said in a statement. “We express our … [Read more...]

Pope: ‘yes’ to Holy Spirit prevents division

Vatican City, May 2, 2013 / 12:33 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis said that Church divisions begin when it does not say ‘yes’ to the Holy Spirit and allow it to work. “The divisions in the Church begin, the sects, all of these things, when we do not let him work because we are closed to the truth of the Spirit,” he said in the homily for his May 2 morning Mass. “He always does a nice job, the Holy Spirit, throughout history,” he quipped, as he … [Read more...]

Pope Francis welcomes Benedict back to Vatican

Vatican City, May 2, 2013 / 10:26 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Benedict XVI has returned to the Vatican after moving to the papal summer household outside of Rome to not interfere with the papal election. “He is now pleased to return to the Vatican, where he intends to devote himself, as he announced on Feb. 11, to the service of the Church in prayer,” said a Vatican statement released on May 2. The former Pope was picked up by helicopter at 4:30 p.m. from the grounds of Castel … [Read more...]

Flood of reform rumors premature, Vatican official states

Vatican City, May 2, 2013 / 08:45 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The number two official from the Vatican’s Secretariat of State has dismissed wide-ranging speculation about the reforms Pope Francis will make as “absolutely premature.” “The Pope has not yet met with the group of advisers who have been chosen and already advice is raining down,” Archbishop Angelo Becciu said in a May 1 interview with the Vatican’s newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano. “After … [Read more...]

Vatican invites Buddhists to help build culture of life

Vatican City, May 2, 2013 / 07:22 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican’s top official for interreligious dialogue, Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, sent a message to all Buddhists urging a joint commitment to “unmask the threats to human life.” In his annual letter for the feast of Vesakh, Cardinal Tauran highlighted the two faiths’ “noble teachings on the sanctity of human life” but lamented that “evil in different forms contributes to the dehumanization of … [Read more...]