Suit challenges HHS mandate on social justice grounds

Washington D.C., Oct 11, 2013 / 05:14 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The owner of a U.S. manufacturing business is filing an appeal to the Supreme Court over the HHS mandate, both because it violates his religious beliefs and because it interferes with his ability to treat his workers justly.“I've never checked my faith at the door when I walked into the for-profit business arena” John Kennedy, owner of Autocam, told CNA Oct. 8, explaining that the company's generous health care … [Read more...]

New auxiliary bishop appointed to Saint Paul-Minneapolis

St. Paul, Minn., Oct 11, 2013 / 01:31 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis today appointed Fr. Andrew Cozzens, a priest of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, to be an auxiliary bishop for the same archdiocese. “I am honored by our Holy Father’s appointment and look forward to serving this local Church as auxiliary bishop,” Fr. Cozzens said Oct. 11. “We are blessed with many active, faithful and vibrant parishes, Catholic schools and ministry organizations … [Read more...]

Pope Francis: Christians must guard against slyness of the devil

Rome, Italy, Oct 11, 2013 / 10:14 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his Oct. 11 daily Mass homily, the Holy Father warned of the discreet presence of the devil, exhorting those gathered to be astute in their spiritual lives.“We must always be on guard,” exhorted the Pope to those who attended Mass in the Vatican’s Santa Marta guesthouse, “on guard against deceit, against the seduction of evil.”Referencing the day’s gospel reading, in which Jesus has just healed a … [Read more...]

Mary ‘can only bring us to God,’ expert says as entrustment nears

Vatican City, Oct 11, 2013 / 07:25 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Anticipating Pope Francis' entrustment of the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on Oct. 13, a specialist in Marian apparitions reflected on how the Blessed Mother serves to bring people to Jesus. “It is necessary to have recourse to the Virgin because she can only bring you to God. That's her whole mission. She has nothing of self in it at all. She lives only for God and to bring you to God,” said Marian expert … [Read more...]

Teach society to respect life, Archbishop Gomez tells teens

Los Angeles, Calif., Oct 11, 2013 / 04:26 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Los Angeles Archbishop José H. Gomez encouraged a gathering of thousands of teens to deepen their respect for all human life and to show society how to reach out in love and compassion to all those in need.“Our job as Christians is to show our society a new way. A way of love. A way of welcoming and hospitality,” he said Oct. 9.He stressed the need to defend “the sanctity and the dignity of all human … [Read more...]

Bill introduced to show abortion charges in insurance exchanges

Washington D.C., Oct 11, 2013 / 02:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A bill newly introduced in the House of Representatives would enable individuals to determine if they are paying a surcharge for abortion under the health care exchanges available under the Affordable Care Act.The Affordable Care Act “requires premium payers to be assessed an abortion surcharge every month to pay for abortions,” Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) said at an Oct. 9 press conference.“But many pro-life … [Read more...]

Debate over reforming synod of bishops stretches back decades

Vatican City, Oct 11, 2013 / 12:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The vision of reforming the synod of bishops, an effort undertaken by Pope Francis, goes back to at least Pope Paul VI, who had even broader ideas for the synod, according to a leading Vatican analyst.The synod of bishops, which acts as an advisory body to the Pope, was established by Paul VI in 1965 by the motu proprio Apostolica sollicitudo to “strengthen (the Pope's) union” with other bishops and to “establish … [Read more...]