Catholic leaders lament food aid cuts in US farm bill

Washington D.C., Jan 30, 2014 / 12:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. bishops and other Catholic leaders in social services gave a mixed reaction to the advance of a farm bill in Congress, noting several areas of concern including funding cuts for food stamp programs. “While we are disappointed that the final compromise continues to call disproportionately for sacrifices from hungry and poor people in this country and around the world, especially when large industrial agricultural … [Read more...]

Syrian patriarch: aid needed to calm Christian flight

Damascus, Syria, Jan 29, 2014 / 06:47 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Syria’s leading Catholic bishop has said that humanitarian aid should be increased in and near Syria to help contain Christians’ flight from the war-torn region. “Of course, we cannot decide for ourselves what response our people should make, the suffering is so great,” Melkite Greek Catholic Patriarch Gregorios III of Antioch told Aid to the Church in Need Jan. 27. “But the real answer is to provide … [Read more...]

Hobby Lobby draws wide breadth of support in mandate case

Washington D.C., Jan 29, 2014 / 05:29 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Hundreds of individuals and groups from a broad range of religious and political backgrounds have filed briefs supporting the owners of Hobby Lobby in their religious freedom case at the Supreme Court. “The breadth of support has been incredible,” said Lori Windham, senior counsel at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which is representing Hobby Lobby and its owners before the Supreme Court. “Where else do you … [Read more...]