Court decision ends Illinois ‘haven’ for underage abortions

Chicago, Ill., Jul 11, 2013 / 04:11 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A unanimous ruling from the Illinois Supreme Court means that a 1995 law requiring parental notification for a minor seeking an abortion will take effect, with implications in surrounding states as well.“This is a huge victory for the rights of parents not only in Illinois but in all Midwestern states,” said Tom Brejcha, president and chief council of the Chicago-based Thomas More Society, on July 11.The Thomas More … [Read more...]

Pope Francis inspires Colombian priest to sell Mercedes

Bogotá, Colombia, Jul 11, 2013 / 12:11 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Inspired by the words and example of Pope Francis, a priest in Santa Marta, Colombia, said that he has decided to sell the luxury Mercedes-Benz his family gave to him.On July 9, Father Hernando Fajid Alvarez Yacub, chaplain of Saint Michael’s Cemetery, told reporters that the money he gets from selling the car – valued at $62,000 – will be given to his family members.The family gave him the car a year ago as a … [Read more...]

Pope’s legal changes respond to globalization of crime

Vatican City, Jul 11, 2013 / 07:45 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis took a step forward in modernizing the Vatican’s legal code today by explicitly listing certain acts as crimes – such as child abuse and genocide – and enabling the Holy See to prosecute any of its officials who commit crimes outside its walls. “In our times, the common good is increasingly threatened by transnational organized crime, the improper use of the markets and of the economy, as well as by … [Read more...]

Stand up for your faith, says student told to hide cross necklace

Santa Rosa, Calif., Jul 11, 2013 / 04:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Catholic college employee who won an apology from her public university after her supervisor told her to hide her cross necklace says students should defend their right to express their religious beliefs. “I would encourage them to stand up for their faith and their convictions,” Audrey Jarvis told CNA July 9. “If they sense that something is not right or might even be a violation of their rights, they should … [Read more...]

Report sees new hostility to religion in US military policy

Washington D.C., Jul 11, 2013 / 02:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Family Research Council has reported a “growing hostility” to religion in the U.S. armed forces, including “concerted efforts to scrub the military of religious expression.” “The climate of intimidation that began in the Air Force is bleeding over into every branch – leading even military chaplains to wonder about their security in referencing the Bible,” Family Research Council president … [Read more...]

Interfaith workshop shows charity as ‘hallmark’ of Christian life

Sriracha, Thailand, Jul 11, 2013 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A group of 230 Buddhist students from schools throughout the diocese of Chantaburi, Thailand, learned about the importance of charity in a recent three-day workshop on human dignity.“Charity has no religion,” said Father Joseph Phongsak, director of the Commission on Evangelization and Inter-religious Dialogue for the Chantaburi Diocese. “It is a universal, common element embodied in every…major … [Read more...]

Texas House passes late-term abortion ban amid wide support

Washington D.C., Jul 10, 2013 / 06:36 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pro-lifers nationwide lauded Texas legislators for passing a bill banning abortions after 20 weeks gestation on the grounds that unborn infants can feel pain at that stage of development. The bill passed the Texas House of Representatives with a vote of 96 to 49 on July 9, and its companion bill will be considered by the state Senate. “I do think it is what the people of Texas want, it is what the people of the nation … [Read more...]