US military expands accommodations for religious attire

Washington D.C., Jan 27, 2014 / 04:18 pm (CNA).- New rules from the Pentagon seek to broaden religious attire protections for members of the armed services, though some critics say that the policy does not go far enough. “Under its new regulations, the military is now more respectful of diverse religious viewpoints,” said Daniel Blomberg, legal counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, in a Jan. 24 statement. However, the new regulations are problematic, Blomberg said, … [Read more...]

Defense of conscience critical to pro-life movement, scholar says

Washington D.C., Jan 27, 2014 / 04:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Prevailing attitudes toward abortion within the medical community show the need to safeguard conscience rights while working to protect life, said Princeton law professor Robert P. George. “Today, many of those who would sanction and support the taking of human life by abortion or in embryo-destructive research have also made themselves the enemies of conscience,” said George in a Jan. 20 talk at Georgetown University in … [Read more...]

Pope Francis’ writings on ecology could become encyclical

Vatican City, Jan 27, 2014 / 12:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A statement released by the Vatican last Friday revealed that Pope Francis has begun to work on a text surrounding the topic of ecology, which could eventually become an encyclical. Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi confirmed the news in his Jan. 24 statement, noting that in his text, the Pope intends to give a strong emphasis to the theme of “human ecology” – a phrase that was originally coined by retired pontiff … [Read more...]

Anti-superstition health drive launched after child dies in India

Miao, India, Jan 27, 2014 / 12:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Negligence and blind faith led to the death of a student in far north-east India, and the Church there has responded with an anti-superstition education campaign for parents. The child was a student at St. Xavier's primary school in Lazu, part of the Miao diocese in Arunachal Pradesh state. At a regular school health check up before the Christmas break, he was diagnosed with appendicitis. St. Xavier's principal, Fr. Joy Moc, … [Read more...]

Walk for Life West Coast draws witness across generations

San Francisco, Calif., Jan 27, 2014 / 08:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- This past Saturday the tenth annual Walk for Life West Coast drew people from across the nation and of all age groups, particularly young adults and college students, to a prayerful witness to the value of life.“We drove up yesterday, an eight hour drive, and we're here to support the movement to end abortion,  and to join with other Christians, and other people of faith – and people not of faith – … [Read more...]

Pope lauds ‘bravery’ of those anointed by God

Vatican City, Jan 27, 2014 / 06:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily Mass, Pope Francis reflected on the significance of the special anointing given to priests and bishops, emphasizing that it marks their role of service to the Church, which we should be grateful for. “Today, thinking about this anointing of David, it will do us good to think of our brave, holy, good, faithful bishops and priests, and pray for them. We are here today thanks to them,” the Pope stated in his Jan. 27 … [Read more...]

Pope, Hollande discuss positive role of religion in society

Vatican City, Jan 27, 2014 / 04:56 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During Pope Francis’ meeting with French president Francois Hollande on Friday, the two discussed an array of topics concerning human dignity, centering the meeting on the role of religion in society. In a Jan. 24 statement released regarding the meeting earlier that morning, Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi revealed that the “cordial” discussion primarily focused on “the contribution that religion makes to … [Read more...]