Unauthorized migrant numbers may be increasing, study finds

Washington D.C., Sep 26, 2013 / 12:37 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As the Pope and bishops continue to call for the just and humane treatment of migrants, a new survey has found that the population of unauthorized immigrants in the U.S. may be rising.In a Sept. 24 preliminary estimate, the Pew Research Center concluded that a decline in the U.S. population of unauthorized immigrants following the 2007-2009 recession has stalled.Studying U.S. Census data, the research organization noted that … [Read more...]

Religious sisters lead first class-action suit against HHS mandate

Denver, Colo., Sep 25, 2013 / 04:20 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Little Sisters of the Poor have filed the first class-action lawsuit against the federal contraception mandate, saying that it would require them to violate the teachings of their Catholic faith.“Like all of the Little Sisters, I have vowed to God and the Roman Catholic Church that I will treat all life as valuable, and I have dedicated my life to that work,” Mother  Loraine Marie Clare Maguire, superior of the … [Read more...]

Modern heart must be won by radical love, Archbishop Chaput says

Philadelphia, Pa., Sep 25, 2013 / 01:10 pm (CNA).- Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia said the Holy Father’s recent lengthy interview calls attention to the modern world as a “missionary field” that needs witnesses to Christ’s saving power.“Among the many vital things the Pope reminds us of in his interview is the new and drastically different condition of the modern world that God seeks to save,” the archbishop said in a Sept. 25 column.What … [Read more...]

World needs the Church’s witness of unity, Pope teaches

Vatican City, Sep 25, 2013 / 06:35 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Today during his general audience, Pope Francis drew attention to the rich diversity within the universal Church, saying that such differences are in fact a sign of unity. “Dear Brothers and Sisters: in the Creed, we confess that the Church is 'one.' When we consider the rich diversity of languages, cultures and peoples present in the Church throughout the world, we realize that this unity is a God-given gift,” the … [Read more...]

One-child policy still a massive threat to women, expert warns

Rome, Italy, Sep 25, 2013 / 04:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In wake of the 33rd anniversary of China's one-child policy, a women's rights activist has raised concern about those who believe the policy has ended, warning of the dangers it still poses. “The one child policy is definitely still happening. Any report that states that China is abandoning the one-child policy is false,” Reggie Littlejohn said in a Sept. 22 interview with CNA. Littlejohn is the founder and … [Read more...]

Pope Francis excommunicates dissident priest in Australia

Melbourne, Australia, Sep 25, 2013 / 02:06 am (CNA).- Pope Francis has ordered the excommunication of a Catholic priest in Australia who illicitly said Mass, taught that women should be ordained priests and advocated for “gay marriage.”An Archdiocese of Melbourne spokesman said the Pope had ordered the excommunication of Father Greg Reynolds, who has also been dismissed from the clerical state, the Australian Associated Press reports.Australian newspaper The Age reported that … [Read more...]

Pope to be invited to address European Parliament

Vatican City, Sep 25, 2013 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At an Oct. 11 audience with the Pope, European Parliament president Martin Schulz is expected to formally invite Pope Francis to address the legislative body of the European Union.The news of Schulz’ visit is still not official, but it has been confirmed by a European Union source who spoke to CNA Sept. 24 under condition of anonymity.The source maintained that Schulz' audience is already scheduled, though “due to … [Read more...]