Appeals court to hear EWTN contraception mandate case Feb. 4

Atlanta, Ga., Feb 3, 2015 / 01:20 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On Wednesday, Feb. 4, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta will hear oral arguments in a case brought by EWTN Global Catholic Network against the federal contraception mandate. “EWTN looks forward to being able to make our case against the government’s contraceptive services mandate,” said EWTN Chairman and CEO Michael Warsaw. “As we have said repeatedly throughout this process, contraception, … [Read more...]

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Oscar Romero to be beatified: Pope Francis recognizes martyrdom

Vatican City, Feb 3, 2015 / 10:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Tuesday authorized the promulgation of decrees recognizing the martyrdom of Salvadoran archbishop Oscar Romero, paving the way for his beatification, as well as the martyrdom of three priests in Peru. The decision was the fruit of a Feb. 3 audience between the Pope and Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. The theologians of the congregation for saints had unanimously recognized … [Read more...]

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The Gospel is more important than soap operas or gossip, Pope says

Vatican City, Feb 3, 2015 / 05:59 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his homily Tuesday Pope Francis noted the importance of contemplating scripture, and urged faithful to read the Gospel for 10-15 minutes a day, rather than watching soap operas or exchanging gossip. “At home, 15 minutes, pick up the Gospel, a small passage, imagine what happened and talk with Jesus about it,” the Pope told those present in the Vatican’s Saint Martha guesthouse for his Feb. 3 daily Mass. By reading … [Read more...]

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Holy See to UN: stop ignoring attacks on Christian women, girls

New York City, N.Y., Feb 3, 2015 / 04:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Holy See’s delegation to the United Nations has warned that Christians face “extinction” in some regions of armed conflict, with Christian women and girls particularly vulnerable. Monsignor Janusz Urbanczyk, the Chargé d'Affaires of the Holy See’s Permanent Observer Mission to the United Nations, voiced concern about the “continued lack of attention” given to protecting women and … [Read more...]

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Faith under siege: fifth Catholic church vandalized in New Delhi over two months

New Delhi, India, Feb 3, 2015 / 02:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Unidentified persons broke into St. Alphonsa parish in the Indian capital New Delhi during the early hours of Monday morning, scattering reserved Hosts and desecrating the sanctuary. The incident was the fifth of its kind in the Delhi area since Dec. 2. “Some miscreants in the morning hours broke the main door of the church, entered the sacristy, ransacked it and opened the tabernacle and desecrated the holy Hosts and took … [Read more...]

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Where progressives and Evangelicals agree – clarify IRS rules on political speech

Washington D.C., Feb 3, 2015 / 12:16 am (CNA/EWTN News).- An unlikely combination of political progressives and Evangelicals came together last week to demand more clarity in IRS regulations of political speech for churches and non-profits. “The vagueness of the [IRS] regulations” has put churches in “limbo,” argued Erik Stanley of Alliance Defending Freedom at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 28. “Take a pastor’s sermon from the … [Read more...]

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Could Italy’s new president turn the spotlight on Catholic social teaching?

Rome, Italy, Feb 2, 2015 / 09:51 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Saturday's election of Sergio Mattarella as Italy's president is an affirmation of the social commitment of Catholics in public policy, according Fr. Bartolomeo Sorge, S.J., who has long been close to Mattarella. “Mattarella and Pope Francis have many things in common in terms of contents of political action,” Fr. Sorge told CNA Feb. 2. The role of Italy's president is largely ceremonial, though he does appoint … [Read more...]

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