Senate rejects bill to end employer conscience protections

Washington D.C., Jul 16, 2014 / 03:36 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. Senate on Wednesday rejected a bill that opponents warned would have stripped conscience protections for businesses, drawing a response of cautious relief. “While the outcome of today’s vote is a relief, it is sobering to think that more than half the members of the U.S. Senate, sworn to uphold the laws and Constitution of the United States, would vote for a bill whose purpose is to reduce the religious freedom of … [Read more...]

Official song released for papal visit to South Korea

Seoul, South Korea, Jul 16, 2014 / 03:33 pm (CNA).- The Archdiocese of Seoul in South Korea has revealed the official song for Pope Francis’ visit to the country, scheduled for Aug. 14-18 to coincide with Asian Youth Day. The video for the song was recorded at the Cathedral of Myeongdong in Seoul, one of the country’s largest churches, and features 36 national celebrities, many of whom have an international following in the country’s K-Pop music genre. The song is … [Read more...]

Faith leaders join in condemnation of UK assisted dying bill

Rome, Italy, Jul 16, 2014 / 02:18 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Various religious leaders have joined their voices to denounce a bill seeking to legalize assisted suicide for the terminally ill in parts of the U.K., stating that doing so violates human dignity and opens the door to coercion. “Every human life is of intrinsic value and ought to be affirmed and cherished. This is central to our laws and our social relationships; to undermine this in any way would be a grave error,” said a … [Read more...]

Papuans in Australia celebrate feast of Bl. Peter To Rot

Sydney, Australia, Jul 16, 2014 / 12:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Papua New Guinean community in Sydney celebrated recently the feast day of Bl. Peter To Rot, himself a Papuan who was martyred during World War II for his defence of marriage. On July 6, Papua New Guineans gathered at St. Brigid's parish in Marrickville, a Sydney suburb, to celebrate their blessed with a Mass and with traditions of their native home. “We are deeply touched by the enormous faith of the Church in … [Read more...]

Catholic News Agency launches mobile app

Denver, Colo., Jul 16, 2014 / 11:09 am (CNA).- Catholic News Agency has announced the launch of its new app, offering direct access to all of its content, free of charge.“Our readers have come to expect free, timely coverage of the Universal Church on our website,” said Marianne Medlin, editor-in-chief of CNA.“Now we’re making that available to them on their phone or tablet.”The app provides news stories, columns, and faith resources from the Catholic News … [Read more...]

Vatican lauds wide reach of #PAUSEforPeace campaign

Vatican City, Jul 16, 2014 / 08:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In wake of the Vatican’s viral campaign urging faithful worldwide to pause for a moment of silence during the World Cup final, officials have expressed their hope that the fruits will continue to grow. “For me it has been a true surprise to see how a tweet launched with such a short amount of time managed to involve the communities, parishes, religious and laymen that united in this initiative,” Msgr. Melchor told CNA … [Read more...]

Indian cardinal appeals for peace after crucifix vandalized

Mumbai, India, Jul 16, 2014 / 04:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After a statue of a crucifix in Mumbai was vandalized in the early hours of Monday morning, the city's archbishop has appealed for peace and prayers. “The Archbishop of Bombay, Cardinal Oswald Gracias, appeals to the Christian community to remain peaceful, calm and lift up the perpetrators of this crime in prayer,” the Archdiocese of Bombay stated July 14. “We urge the police to investigate the crime with full … [Read more...]