Six years after Notre Dame speech, Obama’s ‘common ground’ claim questioned

South Bend, Ind., May 1, 2015 / 05:23 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Knights of Columbus head Carl Anderson questioned the Obama Administration’s policies in a speech at Notre Dame University, six years after the president promised conscience protections and common ground on issues such as abortion. “If there is at the core of the American understanding of freedom a principal that can neither be negotiated nor compromised away, it is this recognition that freedom is a reflection of the … [Read more...]

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San Fran archdiocese praises Catholic school teachers, rejects ‘inflammatory’ reports

San Francisco, Calif., May 1, 2015 / 05:22 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Archdiocese of San Francisco has stressed its “greatest admiration and respect” for those working in Catholic education, pledging to take into account teachers’ concerns while lamenting that some reports about its proposals for Catholic schools have been “incorrect” and “inflammatory.” The archdiocese said April 27 that teachers “make vital contributions to the formation of … [Read more...]

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Former Soviet spy: We created Liberation Theology

Washington D.C., May 1, 2015 / 03:34 pm (CNA).- Espionage deep in the heart of Europe. Secrets in the KGB. Defection from a communist nation. Ion Mihai Pacepa has seen his share of excitement, serving as general for Communist Romania’s secret police before defecting to the United States in the late 1970s. The highest-ranking defector from communism in the ‘70s, he spoke to CNA recently about the connection between the Soviet Union and Liberation Theology in Latin America. Below … [Read more...]

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Washington archdiocese lauds House vote to protect religious liberty – but it may not be enough

Washington D.C., May 1, 2015 / 02:44 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The House voted late Thursday night to formally disapprove of two laws which religious and pro-life organizations in the nation’s capital say violate their religious liberty. The passage of the joint resolution of disapproval, H. J. Res. 43, is the first step towards undoing two laws passed by the Washington, D.C. city council in December and signed into law in January by the city’s mayor, Muriel Bowser (D). Many religious … [Read more...]

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‘I find God in suffering’: The gripping life and death of Kayla Mueller

Madrid, Spain, May 1, 2015 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Kayla Mueller, the young human rights activist who was killed earlier this year while being held hostage by ISIS, was a woman of faith with a heart full of compassion toward those who suffered, her parents say. Now, they intend to carry on her legacy of service to others. “Some people find God in Church, some people find God in nature, some people find God in love, I find God in suffering,” Kayla’s mother, Marsha Mueller told CNA April 18, … [Read more...]

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Writer, sister, friend – Sr. Mary Ann Walsh remembered for ‘dedication to the truth’

Washington D.C., May 1, 2015 / 12:25 am (CNA).- Many journalists would say they have a passion for truth, but for Sr. Mary Ann Walsh, that took on added significance as she worked for the Church she loved. Ubiquitous in the world of U.S. Catholic media, Sr. Walsh was well-known among Catholic news publications across the country and beyond. The 68-year old Catholic sister and former director of media relations for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) passed away on April 28 … [Read more...]

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Who’s on the guest list for a Vatican concert? Rome’s homeless community

Vatican City, Apr 30, 2015 / 05:45 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Next month the Vatican will invite Rome's poor and homeless to a concert intended to raise money for Pope Francis’ charities, which last year boasted over one and a half million in charitable giving. “The most beautiful note, harmony, symphony of the pentagram is that of charity, because it's everywhere and always touches the chords of each heart, of whoever makes them feel it and whoever hears it,” Mons. Diego … [Read more...]

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