German bishops change labor laws to allow divorced and remarried, gay civil unions

Munich, Germany, May 12, 2015 / 08:18 pm (CNA).- Last week, the German bishops’ conference announced it is changing its labor laws such that contracting a civil marriage after divorce or entering a same-sex civil union cannot result in termination of employment except in “exceptional cases.” “Only in special circumstances and therefore only in exceptional cases can these forms of conduct lead to a termination of contract,” read a May 5 statement released by the … [Read more...]

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EWTN named religious television station of the year

Irondale, Ala., May 12, 2015 / 04:49 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- For the third consecutive year, EWTN Global Catholic Network has been awarded the 2015 Gabriel Award for Religious Television Station of the Year – a prestigious honor which acknowledges the Network's programming, community service, and production values. "EWTN is the beacon of Catholic broadcast television. It is a consistent and true voice of the Faith," noted one of the Gabriel Award judges who participated in … [Read more...]

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You are not just aid workers – you are witnesses to Christ, Pope tells Caritas

Vatican City, May 12, 2015 / 03:38 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On Tuesday Pope Francis told global representatives of Caritas International that true service is about welcoming God and others, and called them to continue their mission by going out to the peripheries. “The Gospel, proclaimed and believed, urges us to wash the feet and the wounds of the suffering and to prepare the table for them,” the Pope said May 12. The simplicity of these gestures can be summed up in a single … [Read more...]

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In rare new letter, Benedict XVI seeks shepherds for the whole world

Vatican City, May 12, 2015 / 06:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Speaking from retirement, Benedict XVI has underscored the need for the Church to extend its pastoral care to non-believers and to share “the questions of the times” in its continuing efforts to announce the gospel to the world. Benedict XVI’s new reflections came in an April 21 letter to Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, who served as his Secretary of State from 2006 to 2013. A summary of the letter was published in the May … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis: Spare no effort in defending life, family

Vatican City, May 12, 2015 / 03:26 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his meeting on Saturday with the bishops from Mozambique, a southeast African nation, Pope Francis urged support for public policies that promote the family and protect human life. “Spare no efforts in supporting the family and in the defense of life from conception to natural death,” he said May 9 in the Vatican. “In this sense, remember the options appropriate to one of Christ's disciples and the beauty of … [Read more...]

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Martyrdom serves Christian unity, Pope Francis tells Coptic Orthodox patriarch

Vatican City, May 12, 2015 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a message sent Sunday to the leader of the Coptic Orthodox Church, Pope Francis said advances toward reconciliation are strengthened by the martyrs and that Christians must unite to confront shared global challenges. “Today more than ever we are united by the ecumenism of blood, which further encourages us on the path towards peace and reconciliation,” Pope Francis wrote May 10 to Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria. Like … [Read more...]

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Despite changes, ‘genocide’ of China’s one-child policy endures, activists say

Washington D.C., May 11, 2015 / 05:17 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Human rights advocates told a congressional commission of the “terrifying” practices of China’s coercive one-child policy and lamented forced abortion as a crime against humanity. “Regardless of the number of children allowed, women who get pregnant without permission will still be dragged out of their homes, strapped down to tables, and forced to abort babies that they want,” Reggie Littlejohn, founder … [Read more...]

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