High levels of pro-life state legislation passed so far this year

Washington D.C., Jul 14, 2013 / 05:26 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The progress of pro-life legislation at the state level this year has made the 2013 the second-best year on record for the number of abortion-regulating laws that have passed by mid-year.State legislators enacted 43 provisions restricting abortion in the first half of 2013, according to the Guttmacher Institute, which support legalized abortion. The group said in a July 8 analysis that this number is up slightly from the same period … [Read more...]

Pope: God always desires hearts of mercy

Castel Gandolfo, Italy, Jul 14, 2013 / 09:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his first Angelus message from Castel Gandolfo, Pope Francis said God desires “good and generous” hearts full of mercy for those in need. In the parable of the Good Samaritan, said Pope Francis, “Jesus shows that the heart of this Samaritan is good and generous and that – unlike the priest and Levite – he practices the will of God, who desires mercy more than sacrifice.” “God … [Read more...]

Bill helping Sandy-wrecked worship houses draws praise

Washington D.C., Jul 13, 2013 / 04:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Religious leaders have praised senators who introduced a bill this week which would ensure that houses of worship are not discriminated against when federal funds are distributed for disaster relief. The Federal Emergency Management Agency, a part of the Homeland Security department, has come under fire from inter-faith leaders for its policy which helps all non-profts except houses of worship. “Right now FEMA, which has … [Read more...]

Penn. attorney general refuses to defend state marriage law

Philadelphia, Pa., Jul 13, 2013 / 08:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The attorney general of Pennsylvania has said she will not defend a state law defining marriage as a union of a man and a woman in court because she does not agree with it.Thomas Peters, a spokesman for the National Organization for Marriage, said the action shows that the recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings favoring same-sex unions “set a bad precedent” that will allow elected officials “to not represent the will of … [Read more...]

China, Russia faulted for not protecting trafficking victims

Washington D.C., Jul 12, 2013 / 05:28 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A State department official has testified before Congress explaining that China, Russia and Uzbekistan have not made adequate progress in addressing human trafficking in recent years. “Trafficking in persons affects every country in the world, and no government is doing enough to fight it," ambassador-at-large for trafficking in persons, Luis CdeBaca, testified before a House subcommittee on Africa, global health, and … [Read more...]

Major news outlets’ rejection of pro-life ad ‘not surprising’

Austin, Texas, Jul 12, 2013 / 04:55 pm (CNA).- Pro-life group Heroic Media is disappointed after several national newspapers refused to run, and labeled “too controversial,” an ad featuring a model of a 20-week old fetus held in a hand. Both the Los Angeles Times and USA Today refused to run the advertisement altogether, while the Chicago Tribune settled for a revised version, with a different picture of a live 20-week old baby en utero. “It strikes me as ironic that a … [Read more...]

Italian paper publishes account of missionary who baptized Pope

Rome, Italy, Jul 12, 2013 / 03:01 pm (CNA).- The Italian daily Il Cittadino has unearthed the story of Father Enrico Pozzoli, a Salesian missionary from the province of Lodi who baptized young Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who is today Pope Francis.The newspaper published an account of various episodes in the life of Bergoglio, including his baptism, which occurred on Christmas night at the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians and Saint Carlos in Buenos Aires.According to Il Cittadino, Father … [Read more...]