IRS scandals raise doubts over HHS mandate judgment

Washington D.C., Jun 11, 2013 / 05:34 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The targeting of conservative, pro-life and religious non-profits by the Internal Revenue Service is drawing concern over the agency’s authority to decide exemptions to the HHS mandate.“The HHS mandate hinges on what constitutes a religious entity,” said Ashley McGuire, a senior fellow at the Catholic Association and editor of AltCatholicah, a Catholic women’s web magazine.McGuire explained to CNA during a … [Read more...]

Mexican cardinal: spread peace, not violence

Mexico City, Mexico, Jun 11, 2013 / 04:30 pm (CNA).- Cardinal Norberto R. Carrera said the family should become the nucleus of a society that spreads concord and not hostility, while speaking at a voluntary disarmament campaign in Mexico City. “Society always needs public forces to prevent violence, but preventative actions such as voluntary disarmament are more important,” the cardinal Archbishop of Mexico stated. The campaign allowed citizens to exchange weapons in their … [Read more...]

Critics decry decision to remove age limits for Plan B

Washington D.C., Jun 11, 2013 / 02:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Citing the health and wellbeing of young girls, critics slammed the Obama administration’s decision to allow children of any age to purchase “emergency contraception” over-the-counter.“Irresponsibly removing the important opportunity for a health-care provider to identify and intervene in cases of abuse, and giving a potentially life-ending drug to young girls without any understanding of the medical … [Read more...]

Pope calls for ‘culture of encounter’ towards disabled

Vatican City, Jun 11, 2013 / 12:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Highlighting the spiritual gift of faith seen in Jesus’ healing of the blind, Pope Francis encouraged an ‘active participation’ of the disabled in society.“The Gospels tell us that Jesus had a particular care for the blind,” the Pope said on June 11. “Besides other sick persons, He healed many blind persons. But the healing of a visually impaired person has special symbolic meaning: it represents the … [Read more...]

Pope encourages Church rich in praise, not wealth

Vatican City, Jun 11, 2013 / 10:40 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis pointed out that Saint Peter did not have a bank account, as he warned against the dangers of a Church that finds its security in resources instead of the free gift of the Gospel. “St. Peter did not have a bank account, and when he had to pay taxes, the Lord sent him to the sea to catch fish and find the money in the fish to pay,” said the Pope during Mass in the chapel of Saint Martha’s … [Read more...]

Rome visit deepens former NFL quarterback’s faith

Rome, Italy, Jun 11, 2013 / 09:35 am (CNA).- As he stood next to St. Peter’s Square, former NFL quarterback Rich Gannon reflected on how his family’s first visit to Rome deepened their faith. The Gannons had been thinking about a trip to the Vatican for years and their faith has always been important to them, but the election of Pope Francis made things even more personal for Rich. “I was really excited when Pope Francis became the Pope. I went to a Jesuit private boys … [Read more...]

Migrants on Mexico’s border face ‘nightmares,’ priest says

Tijuana, Mexico, Jun 11, 2013 / 06:03 am (CNA).- Harsh conditions and persecution confront migrants in Mexico, many of whom have been deported from the U.S., according to a Salesian priest who serves the population in the border-town of Tijuana. “This results in them being people with so many dreams that end up becoming nightmares,” Father Ernesto Hernández Ruiz, a member of the order founded by Saint John Bosco to assist the young poor, told CNA in early June. Fr. Ruiz … [Read more...]