HHS appeal withdrawal gives temporary relief to Bible publisher

Washington D.C., May 7, 2013 / 05:00 pm (CNA).- An Illinois-based Bible publisher has secured temporary relief from the federal contraception mandate after the Obama administration asked an appellate court to dismiss its challenge to a preliminary injunction. Matthew Bowman, senior legal counsel at Alliance Defending Freedom, which is defending the publisher, told CNA that the move indicates “that the government knows it is taking an extremist view against religious freedom, and it is … [Read more...]

Massachusetts bishop apologizes for drunk driving arrest

Worcester, Mass., May 7, 2013 / 04:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Robert J. McManus of Worcester, Mass. pled not guilty to drunk driving-related charges in Rhode Island after apologizing to his diocese for what he called his “terrible error in judgment.” “There is no excuse for the mistake I made, only a commitment to make amends and accept the consequences of my action,” the bishop said in a May 6 statement on the Worcester diocese website. “More importantly, … [Read more...]

Conscience objections urged in face of Colombian gay unions

Bogotá, Colombia, May 7, 2013 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Officials from the Bishops’ Conference of Colombia have urged Catholics to adhere to Church teaching in the face of potential same-sex unions and a movement towards a secular nation. Father Pedro Mercado, adjunct secretary of the conference, warned that Catholic notaries will not be able to witness same-sex unions, as required by a Colombian Constitutional Court ruling, without committing “a grave act against God.” … [Read more...]

Costa Rica campaign highlights dignity of babies with birth defects

San José, Costa Rica, May 7, 2013 / 12:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A pro-life association in Costa Rica has launched a campaign to raise awareness about the plight of babies with anencephaly, who are often used to justify calls for the legalization of abortion in Latin America. Babies born with the condition are missing all or part of their brain and usually die within a few hours, although some babies live longer. One baby with the condition born in Brazil lived for 16 months.  In a … [Read more...]

Costa Rica campaign highlights dignity of babies with birth defects

San José, Costa Rica, May 7, 2013 / 12:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A pro-life association in Costa Rica has launched a campaign to raise awareness about the plight of babies with anencephaly, who are often used to justify calls for the legalization of abortion in Latin America. Babies born with the condition are missing all or part of their brain and usually die within a few hours, although some babies live longer. One baby with the condition born in Brazil lived for 16 months.  In a … [Read more...]

Vatican doctrine office confused by cardinal’s LCWR comments

Vatican City, May 7, 2013 / 08:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican’s doctrine congregation has released a statement saying the media misreported a cardinal’s remarks about the ongoing reform of a group of American sisters, but an inside source at the department says it is confused because the matter is their "exclusive responsibility." An official at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith told CNA May 7 on the condition of anonymity that it is … [Read more...]

Good Christians don’t whine about suffering, Pope says

Vatican City, May 7, 2013 / 06:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Reflecting on how St. Paul endured pain for Christ, Pope Francis said that good Christians do not complain about their trials but endure them with patient silence because their hearts are at peace. A Christian “who constantly complains, fails to be a good Christian: they become Mr. or Mrs. Whiner, no? Because they always complain about everything, right?” the Pope remarked in his May 7 homily at St. Martha’s … [Read more...]


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