Bipartisan warning issued over religious freedom threats in health care

Washington D.C., Jun 14, 2013 / 05:15 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Members of the Congressional Values Action Team of the House of Representatives gathered at a special order to voice their concerns over threats to religious freedom posed by the recent health care overhaul. Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.) told Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) on June 14, that “religious freedom is our first freedom, as stated right there in the First Amendment.”“This is not just freedom to … [Read more...]

Worldwide protests push for human, religious rights in Iran

Washington D.C., Jun 14, 2013 / 02:34 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Grassroots activists gathered at the Iranian Embassies across the world on June 13 to protest human rights violations in Iran, particularly the imprisonment of American citizen, Pastor Saeed Abedini.According to Tiffany Barrans of the American Center for Law and Justice, activists in Washington, D.C., “held up signs saying ‘release Pastor Saeed’ as they stood in quiet support of religious freedom for … [Read more...]

Catholic groups slam Pelosi’s claim that abortion is ‘sacred ground’

Washington D.C., Jun 14, 2013 / 01:16 pm (CNA).- Prominent Catholics and members of the pro-life movement denounced statements by House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi that as a Catholic, she views the protection of late-term abortion as “sacred ground.”Maureen Ferguson, senior policy advisor for the Catholic Association, called it “amazing” that the trial of Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell “did not touch Nancy Pelosi's heart.”“What we … [Read more...]

Vatican expected SNAP case against Benedict XVI to fail

Rome, Italy, Jun 14, 2013 / 12:44 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican is not at all surprised the International Criminal Court rejected a request by an abuse victims’ advocacy group to investigate Benedict XVI for crimes against humanity. “We have always thought that the Court would answer this way, given the unfounded accusation,” the Holy See’s press office director, Father Federico Lombardi, told CNA June 14. The court rejected a request from the U.S.-based … [Read more...]

Be humble ‘from head to toe,’ Pope Francis says

Vatican City, Jun 14, 2013 / 09:27 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis said people must to admit their sins like Saint Paul and not just their good deeds during his daily morning Mass. “We have to be humble, but with real humility, from head to toe,” said Pope Francis June 14. “If we only pride ourselves on our service record and nothing more, we end up going wrong,” said Pope Francis. He made his comments in his homily for morning Mass in the chapel of Saint … [Read more...]

Pope, Anglican archbishop: unity begins with common love of God

Vatican City, Jun 14, 2013 / 08:42 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Anglican Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury and Pope Francis met for the first time and issued a joint call for unity, rooted in the love of God. “I know that during Your Grace’s installation in Canterbury Cathedral you remembered in prayer the new Bishop of Rome. I am deeply grateful to you – and since we began our respective ministries within days of each other, I think we will always have a particular reason to … [Read more...]

Harley-Davidson enthusiasts roll into Rome

Vatican City, Jun 14, 2013 / 04:30 am (CNA).- The low rumbling of hundreds of Harleys is overtaking the buzz of scooters and cars in the streets surrounding the Vatican, and on Sunday it will even be present in St. Peter’s Square. The first Vatican-related Harley-Davidson event was with Pope Francis himself on Wednesday afternoon, following his weekly general audience. Accompanied by Archbishop Zygmunt Zimowski, the Pope received the unusual gift of a biker jacket and two of the famous … [Read more...]