After 57 years, Kiwi priests’ ministry in Antarctica ends

Christchurch, New Zealand, Aug 4, 2015 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- New Zealand's Diocese of Christchurch has operated an Antarctic Ministry at McMurdo Station, the largest community in Antarctica, since November 1957. But a declining numbers of churchgoers has brought the program to an end. “There is a gradual decrease in religiosity, there is also a decrease in the number of people working at McMurdo Station and the South Pole and budget cuts so all of these factors have led to … [Read more...]

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Undercover reports on fetal body parts trade face legal hurdles

San Francisco, Calif., Aug 3, 2015 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A citizen journalism group investigating abortion clinics’ procurement of organs and tissue from unborn babies has pledged to contest a court order barring the release of recordings made of an abortionists’ conference. The Center for Medical Progress said that it follows “all applicable laws” and that it will fight “any attempts to suppress our First Amendment rights to free speech or silence the … [Read more...]

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Enrique Shaw: the Argentine businessman whom Francis may soon beatify

Buenos Aires, Argentina, Aug 3, 2015 / 04:41 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis’ desire to see the late Argentine businessman Enrique Shaw raised to the altars could be close to fruition, according to the postulator of Shaw's cause for beatification. Juan Navarro Floria told CNA the diocesan phase of the cause has been completed. “This process began when Pope Francis was the Archbishop of Buenos Aires, and in that capacity he was the one who asked Rome to open the … [Read more...]

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Effort to defund Planned Parenthood falls short of Senate vote

Washington D.C., Aug 3, 2015 / 04:33 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Senate failed to bring a bill to block federal funding of Planned Parenthood to the floor on Monday evening, in a much-anticipated vote. Senate Republicans introduced the bill to defund Planned Parenthood on July 28. An effort to bring the bill to a vote rendered a split of 53-46, gaining support from the majority but falling short of the 60 votes necessary to end debate and bring the bill to the floor. Two Republicans joined … [Read more...]

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Judge rules LA convent sale invalid

Los Angeles, Calif., Aug 3, 2015 / 02:05 pm (CNA).- Los Angeles County Superior Court James Chalfant ruled July 30 that the contested sale of the former convent of the Immaculate Heart of Mary sisters to restaurateur and urban developer Dana Hollister is invalid. The judge also confirmed that the eight-acre, villa-style hilltop property located in the Los Feliz section of Los Angeles is Church property under the oversight Archbishop José H. Gomez. “I would like to reiterate my … [Read more...]

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Half of church fires in the last 20 years were set on purpose

Washington D.C., Aug 3, 2015 / 10:57 am (CNA).- Fifty-one percent of the reported fire incidents at U.S. houses of worship between 1996 and 2015 were determined to be caused by arson, according to a recent analysis by the Pew Research Center. Church fires are investigated and classified by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives as accidental, bombing, arson, threat or undetermined. Statistics show that just over half of the approximately 4,700 fires reported at houses of … [Read more...]

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Why the effort to make gay marriage sacramental won’t work

Washington D.C., Aug 2, 2015 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Dissenting Catholic groups have called for gay marriage to be recognized as a sacrament, but Catholic theology has a clear priority: marriage is God's creation – and not even the Church can change that.   Dr. John Grabowski, a professor of moral theology at Catholic University of America, said that the push for “sacramental equality” by groups such as Dignity USA shows “a lack of understanding of what … [Read more...]

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