US bishops: Stop shameful detention of migrant families

San Antonio, Texas, Mar 31, 2015 / 02:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Family detention centers across the U.S. are filling up with children and young mothers  who are seeking shelter from violence, abuse, and persecution in their Central American home countries - and U.S. bishops are not pleased with the policy. The Church has stood against the policy of detention centers for women and children fleeing violence, saying that they are contrary to social teaching and the dignity of the human … [Read more...]

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More than 100,000 ask Mexican Supreme Court to affirm right to life

Mexico City, Mexico, Mar 31, 2015 / 12:38 am (CNA/EWTN News).- More than 120,000 people have signed a petition asking the Mexican Supreme Judicial Court of the Nation to reaffirm that “abortion is not a right.” The petition campaign was sparked by a lawsuit over the constitutionality of the Mexican state of Tlaxcala’s abortion reform law which could open the door to abortion in the whole country. The pro-life organization CitizenGo, which launched the petition drive, will … [Read more...]

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In open letter, 500 British priests ask Synod to stand firm on Church teaching

Westminster, England, Mar 30, 2015 / 04:54 pm (CNA).- In an unusual move, nearly 500 British priests signed an open letter urging the fathers of the upcoming Synod on the Family to issue a “clear and firm” proclamation of Church teaching on marriage and sexuality. The letter was published March 24 by the Catholic Herald and has already caused a stir in the local Church and the Catholic blogosphere. The priests, sensing confusion among the laity after last year’s synod, … [Read more...]

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Everyone but churches can use NYC schools – will the mayor do anything about it?

New York City, N.Y., Mar 30, 2015 / 04:40 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Churches using New York City public school facilities for worship services are in limbo after the Supreme Court declined to review their case against a city prohibition on their doing so. “Any community group can meet in New York City’s school buildings during non-school hours for any purpose – except for religious groups meeting to worship God,” Jordan Lorence, senior counsel with the legal group Alliance … [Read more...]

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Cardinal George returns to hospital for routine care

Chicago, Ill., Mar 30, 2015 / 11:43 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Francis George, the Emeritus Archbishop of Chicago, was readmitted to the hospital over the weekend for planned pain management and hydration issues. The Chicago archdiocese said the visit to Loyola University Medical Center was not due to a medical emergency, ABC 7 Chicago reported. However, the cardinal will not be able to participate in Holy Week or Easter liturgies at Chicago’s Holy Name Cathedral due to his … [Read more...]

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With #BringBackOurGirls no longer trending, Nigerians aghast at ‘inaction’ from donors

Abuja, Nigeria, Mar 30, 2015 / 02:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Almost a year after the terror group Boko Haram kidnapped hundreds of Nigerian school girls, humanitarian workers are fighting what they call global inaction in the face of the humanitarian crisis. Most of the girls abducted from Chibok have not been rescued, though some have escaped on their own. “That sends a strong message to us – not just to Nigerians, but to the human race – that 200 and something girls could be … [Read more...]

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History, truth, and politics: Researcher seeks to clear the record on Junipero Serra

Los Angeles, Calif., Mar 29, 2015 / 04:22 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- California missionary Father Junipero Serra’s canonization is “long overdue,” says a university professor concerned that the priest’s history has been politicized and misrepresented. “When he died, many native peoples came to the mission for his burial. They openly wept. Others of his colleagues and even colonists, believed that he would be made a saint, because of the way he had lived his life, a … [Read more...]

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