Reports of a more lax one-child policy in China ‘misleading’

Beijing, China, Nov 15, 2013 / 02:39 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Recent news that the Chinese government is easing its one child policy is “very misleading” because they do not address the human rights violations at the policy's core, a leading critic says. “The core of the policy is coercion,” Reggie Littlejohn, president of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, told CNA Nov. 15. “The problem is, that the government is telling people how many kids they can … [Read more...]

Pope Francis cancels meetings due to having a cold

Vatican City, Nov 15, 2013 / 09:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- It was announced earlier today that Pope Francis cancelled all of his morning meetings due to a cold, but still presided over a scheduled Mass in which he ordained a bishop in the afternoon. In a statement issued to journalists on Nov. 15, Vatican Spokesman Father Federico Lombardi noted that although the Pope had four audiences scheduled with various heads of dicasteries within the Curia, he decided to postpone them because the … [Read more...]

Bishops’ pilgrimage to Marian shrine seeks to foster unity

Vatican City, Nov 15, 2013 / 07:36 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Numerous clergy and lay people from across the world will gather together at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe to discuss common concerns, and to help forge stronger bonds between continents. “We go as pilgrims to pray with existence, as Pope Francis says. Pray to Our Lady with existence, Our Lady who is the alliance of life between people and who listens to her pilgrims,” said Prof. Guzman Carriquiry in a Nov. 11 interview … [Read more...]

Court rebukes administration’s ‘narrow’ religious liberty view

Chicago, Ill., Nov 15, 2013 / 04:12 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the Obama administration’s defense of the HHS mandate is “unsound and extraordinary” for contending that business owners cannot have religious freedom protections. “The government’s argument is premised on a far-too-narrow view of religious freedom: Religious exercise is protected in the home and the house of worship but not beyond,” the court’s … [Read more...]

Pope affirms traditionalist fraternity for unity with Peter

Paris, France, Nov 15, 2013 / 02:47 am (CNA).- Congratulating them on their 25th anniversary, Pope Francis has expressed his appreciation for the devotion to the Bishop of Rome exhibited by the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter. “It was in a moment of great trial for the Church that the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter was born,” read an Oct. 28 letter from Archbishop Luigi Ventura, apostolic nuncio to France, to Fr. Vincent Ribeton, French district superior of the … [Read more...]

Archbishop highlights education to strengthen marriage

Baltimore, Md., Nov 15, 2013 / 12:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. bishops’ chairman on defense of marriage issues encouraged continued efforts to strengthen the institution of marriage, which is rooted in biology and is crucial for the health of society. “(S)trengthening a marriage culture serves the common good of our country,” said Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of San Francisco, who heads the U.S. bishops’ Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of … [Read more...]

Cardinal Tagle to typhoon victims: You are not alone

Manila, Philippines, Nov 14, 2013 / 05:54 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila has called for a day of prayer and fasting in solidarity with all those affected by the deadly Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. “You are not alone and will never be alone,” the cardinal said in a message to victims of storm, known in the Philippines as Typhoon Yolanda. Cardinal Tagle has announced a “Day of Lament and Hope” with the theme “Solidarity in … [Read more...]