Marriage ruling raises questions of religious freedom

Washington D.C., Jun 27, 2013 / 05:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After the Supreme Court narrowly ruled that the federal Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional, religious leaders are highlighting the need to respect religious liberty in the United States. Military Archbishop P. Timothy Broglio said in a June 26 op-ed that the Archdiocese of the Military Services “remains resolved in the belief that no Catholic priest will ever be compelled to condone – even silently – same-sex … [Read more...]

Traditionalists indicate definitive break with Catholic Church

Vatican City, Jun 27, 2013 / 04:38 pm (CNA).- On the 25th anniversary of the illicit ordination of four bishops by traditionalist Bishop Marcel Lefebvre, the Society of Saint Pius X indicated a definitive break of talks with the Catholic Church. In a statement June 27, three of the four bishops originally ordained by Lefebvre expressed “their filial gratitude towards their venerable founder who, after so many years spent serving the Church and the Sovereign Pontiff, so as to safeguard … [Read more...]

Fetuses may feel pain as early as 20 weeks, doctor clarifies

Siena, Italy, Jun 27, 2013 / 01:34 pm (CNA).- An Italian doctor has clarified that fetuses may be capable of feeling pain and pleasure as early as 20 weeks after their conception, after a June 19 article in Time may have led some to believe otherwise. The Time article quoted a paper co-authored by Carlo Bellieni, from the department of pediatrics, obstetrics and reproductive medicine at the University Hospital of Siena, which says there is “consistent evidence of the possibility for the … [Read more...]

NFL coach teaches faith, football to Peruvian kids

Piura, Peru, Jun 27, 2013 / 11:15 am (CNA).- Jim Harbaugh, coach of the San Francisco 49ers, recently completed a one-week mission trip to Piura, Peru, where he taught poor children about their Catholic faith and American football. This is the fifth consecutive year that Harbaugh – whose team made it to the 2013 Super Bowl before losing to the Baltimore Ravens, coached by Harbaugh’s older brother – has volunteered at the Peruvian parish of Santísimo Sacramento, which … [Read more...]

Charity’s rapid growth could be due to Pope’s influence

Vatican City, Jun 27, 2013 / 08:58 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The founder of a charity that feeds nearly one million children worldwide said its rapid growth could be partly due to Pope Francis' particular emphasis on caring for the impoverished. “The work of Mary's Meals is growing very fast and I’m sure that the hugely encouraging words of Pope Francis and the fact that he keeps pointing us back to the poor and our obligation to serve the poor is making us all think of those … [Read more...]

Denver rally draws hundreds in support of religious freedom

Denver, Colo., Jun 27, 2013 / 04:15 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Hundreds of people in the Archdiocese of Denver attended a prayer rally for religious freedom on June 22, standing up for the right to serve God in their public and private lives. “We’re here as Christian Catholics, we want to unite together and represent Jesus Christ and everything that he taught us; to be free to love God, worship God and obey God,” local Maria Herrera told CNA. “Prayer in the Square: a Rally … [Read more...]

Cardinal bars dissident priest from speaking on Archdiocesan property

Boston, Mass., Jun 27, 2013 / 02:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Archdiocese of Boston verified that an Austrian priest will not be allowed to speak on archdiocesan property during a stop on his U.S. speaking tour due to his dissenting views on Catholic teaching. “It is the policy of the Archdiocese of Boston, and the generally accepted practice in dioceses across the country, not to permit individuals to conduct speaking engagements in Catholic parishes or at Church events when those … [Read more...]

Knights of Columbus announce record-breaking charitable giving

New Haven, Conn., Jun 27, 2013 / 12:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The results of the annual charitable giving survey shows that the Knights of Columbus completed more volunteer service hours and given more in donations than ever before in the organization's history. “Throughout its 131 years, the Knights of Columbus has always practiced charity as its first principle,” Supreme Knight Carl Anderson said in a June 24 statement. During the 2012 calendar year, Knights of Columbus … [Read more...]