EWTN to appeal after ‘troubling’ HHS mandate ruling

Irondale, Ala., Jun 17, 2014 / 05:36 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The EWTN Global Catholic Network has announced that it will appeal a June 17 ruling that would require it to facilitate products and procedures that go against Church teaching. “We have no other option but to continue our legal challenge of the mandate,” said Michael P. Warsaw, chairman and CEO of EWTN. “We are making an immediate appeal to the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta.” U.S. District … [Read more...]

Gates abortion funding drop met with praise, caution

Washington D.C., Jun 17, 2014 / 05:20 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Although Melinda Gates' recent announcement that her charitable group will axe abortion funding has drawn praise, concern remains over money being funneled into projects that undermine human dignity. In a June 2 blog post, Melinda, wife of billionaire and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, announced that she and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation “has decided not to fund abortion,” citing concerns that the contention … [Read more...]

Christians, Shias face uncertain future in face of Iraqi violence

Baghdad, Iraq, Jun 17, 2014 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In the midst of advances by Sunni insurgents, Iraq’s remaining Christian community  and the country’s majority- Shia population face threats to their future, and continued violence. In response to the developing situation, the United States is deploying 275 troops to protect its embassy in Baghdad and its citizens in the country, and is also removing a portion of its diplomatic presence. Members of the Islamic State … [Read more...]

Hispanic Catholic priests help build bridges, convention leader says

Houston, Texas, Jun 17, 2014 / 04:02 pm (CNA).- A national gathering of Hispanic Catholic priests in Houston aims to build community and affirm their role as “bridges” between the Hispanic and non-Hispanic faithful, one leading priest has said. “We are the bridges between both communities,” Father Andres Mendoza, president of the National Convention of Hispanic Priests, told CNA June 16. He said the upcoming national convention aims to help priests to understand … [Read more...]

Christian faith critical for World Cup star Clint Dempsey

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jun 17, 2014 / 12:55 pm (CNA).- U.S. soccer fans went wild on Monday as team captain Clint Dempsey scored a goal during the first minute of the club’s opening World Cup game against Ghana. The goal is among the quickest in World Cup history and the fastest scored by an American during the World Cup games, adding to numerous records held by the acclaimed player, who is also the first American to score in three different World Cups. Perhaps less well-known is … [Read more...]

Illinois nuns take legal action against bordering strip club

Chicago, Ill., Jun 17, 2014 / 11:44 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Missionary Sisters of St. Charles Borromeo have taken legal action against a giant “adult entertainment” club built in their backyard – despite state law which prohibits such facilities within 1,000 feet of a place of worship. “Strip clubs don't belong next to convents and single-family homes,” said Peter Breen, vice president and senior counsel of the Thomas More Society. The Thomas More Society … [Read more...]

Shame of ongoing violence must stop, Jordanian priest affirms

Vatican City, Jun 17, 2014 / 05:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The spokesman for the Catholic Church in Amman, Jordan, has decried the continuous bloodshed in the Middle East, expressing his fear that refugees will develop an attitude of hatred and revenge.“The main point I think is to stop the bloodshed, and then I think we will start to talk about the re-construction of Syria, the re-construction of Iraq, but we have to stop the bloodshed,” Fr. Rif’at Bader told CNA June … [Read more...]