Hobby Lobby ruling lauded as ‘big win for freedom’

Washington D.C., Jun 30, 2014 / 05:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Religious liberty advocates are applauding a Supreme Court ruling striking down the federal contraception mandate for some for-profit companies, while asking that protection be ensured for non-profit groups as well. Barbara Green, co-founder of Hobby Lobby, said that she and her family were “overjoyed” at the news of the June 30 decision. “Today the nation’s highest court has re-affirmed the vital importance … [Read more...]

Vatican grieves deaths of three kidnapped Israeli teenagers

Vatican City, Jun 30, 2014 / 04:58 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi released a statement voicing Pope Francis' condolences over three kidnapped Israeli teenagers found dead on Monday outside a Palestinian town.    “The news of the death of three young Israelis that had disappeared is terrible and tragic,” the June 30 statement read. “The murder of innocent people is always and abominable and unacceptable crime, and an important … [Read more...]

Pope says communists stole Christianity’s concern for poor

Vatican City, Jun 30, 2014 / 03:52 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In a new interview about moral and material poverty, Pope Francis has stressed that care for the poor is ultimately Christian, suggesting that communists have “stolen” this from Christianity. “I must say that communists have stolen our flag. The flag of the poor is Christian,” he said. “Poverty is the center of the Gospel. The poor are at the center of the Gospel. Let’s take a look at Matthew 25, … [Read more...]

Pope selects Michigan priest to become bishop

Lansing, Mich., Jun 30, 2014 / 03:15 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has named Monsignor Steven J. Raica of the Diocese of Lansing to become the next bishop of Gaylord, Mich. “In these days, as I prepare myself to serve the People of God in the northern part of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula as a new bishop, I offer my praise and gratitude to the Lord Jesus whose presence in my life has enabled me to experience an abundance of life,” Bishop-designate Raica said June … [Read more...]

EWTN granted emergency relief from contraception mandate

Washington D.C., Jun 30, 2014 / 01:15 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The EWTN Global Catholic Network has secured temporary emergency relief against the federal contraception mandate one day before it would have gone into effect. “We are thankful that the Eleventh Circuit protected our right to religious freedom while we pursue our case in court,” said Michael Warsaw, chairman and CEO of EWTN. “We want to continue to practice the same Catholic faith that we preach to the world every … [Read more...]

Hartford archbishop: receiving pallium a ‘moving’ experience

Vatican City, Jun 30, 2014 / 10:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After receiving the pallium from Pope Francis on Sunday’s feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, Archbishop Leonard Blair expressed that the “beautiful” moment serves as a reminder of the basics of his ministry. Referring to the “ancient tradition of the pallium which the Pope confers on metropolitan archbishops,” Archbishop Blair explained to CNA June 29 that “in recent years it’s been done on this feast … [Read more...]

Supreme Court upholds religious freedom for Hobby Lobby

Washington D.C., Jun 30, 2014 / 08:17 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On June 30, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Hobby Lobby and similar employers cannot be forced to comply with the federal contraception mandate against their religious beliefs. In a 5-4 decision, the court ruled that the federal government had failed to prove that the mandate was the least restrictive means of advancing its goal of providing free birth control to women. The court said that the mandate cannot be applied to … [Read more...]