Religious freedom groups worried over final HHS mandate

Washington D.C., Jun 28, 2013 / 05:31 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Despite assurances from the Obama administration that the finalized version of the contraception mandate accounts for freedom of conscience, some religious liberty advocates are still concerned.“The final rule,” explained Eric Rassbach, deputy general counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, “is not very different from the inadequate rule that was proposed back in February.”While the final rule … [Read more...]

God acts in our lives on his timetable, not ours, Pope stresses

Vatican City, Jun 28, 2013 / 12:13 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- God's action in our life is according to his own plan rather than ours, Pope Francis taught in his daily homily June 28, and this requires patience on both his part and ours. “The Lord takes his time. But even he, in this relationship with us, has a lot of patience,” preached the Bishop of Rome at the chapel of the Vatican's Saint Martha House. “Not only do we have to have patience: He has. He waits for … [Read more...]

HHS mandate for religious groups finalized with few changes

Washington D.C., Jun 28, 2013 / 12:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Obama administration announced on June 28 that it has finalized its regulations on the federal contraception mandate as it applies to religious employers.A statement by the Department of Health and Human Services said that the final rule regarding the mandate’s application to many religious groups “is similar to, but simpler than” a previous proposal in February.Issued under the Affordable Care Act, the … [Read more...]

Church in Dominican Republic warns of ambassador’s gay advocacy efforts

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Jun 28, 2013 / 12:04 pm (CNA).- Citing concerns over gay activism, a bishop from the Dominican Republic said that the Church in the country does not approve of the new appointee as U.S. ambassador to the nation.He urged the government to veto the appointment of James 'Wally' Brewster as new U.S. ambassador to the Dominican Republic.Speaking on behalf of the Dominican bishops, Auxiliary Bishop Pablo Cedano of Santo Domingo said that “the … [Read more...]

Vatican ‘ready to cooperate’ in investigation of accountant

Vatican City, Jun 28, 2013 / 10:35 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican said it is ready to collaborate in the investigation of one of its accountants who was arrested today over allegations of corruption and slander. “The Holy See has not yet received any request from the competent Italian authorities on the matter, but it confirms its willingness to cooperate fully,” said Father Federico Lombardi, the director of the Holy See’s press office. Monsignor Nuncio Scarano was … [Read more...]

New Vatican Secretary of State may be appointed soon

Vatican City, Jun 28, 2013 / 10:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Strong indications have emerged that Archbishop Pietro Parolin, apostolic nuncio to Venezuela, will shortly be appointed as the Vatican's Secretary of State. The move could take place as soon as June 29, the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul. As the Secretary of State must technically be a cardinal, he would first be appointed pro-secretary of State, retaining his status as archbishop. He would, however, be the acting Secretary … [Read more...]

Hobby Lobby moves forward in seeking mandate reprieve

Denver, Colo., Jun 28, 2013 / 08:48 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A federal appeals court has paved the way for arts-and-crafts retailer Hobby Lobby to pursue an injunction that would block devastating fines while it continues its lawsuit against the federal contraception mandate.“Today marks a milestone in Hobby Lobby’s fight for religious liberty,” said Kyle Duncan, general counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which is defending Hobby Lobby, in a June 27 press … [Read more...]