‘A dark day for Australia’: Church laments detention of child asylum seekers

Canberra, Australia, Feb 13, 2015 / 12:53 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A report detailing the profoundly negative effects of the long-term detention of children seeking asylum in Australia has led Church leaders there to call the government's policy “barbaric.” Asylum seekers – including children –  travel by boat from Indonesia and are intercepted by the Australian navy before reaching land. They are then sent to detention camps in Papua New Guinea and Nauru, a small … [Read more...]

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Bishop to Congress: Stop treating immigrants as ‘less than human’

Washington D.C., Feb 13, 2015 / 11:21 am (CNA).- Bishop Gerald Kicanas of Tuscon, Arizona, leveled harsh criticism against the tone of some Congress members, saying that they were treating undocumented migrants as subhuman.   “I must say up front that the U.S. bishops continue to be concerned with the tone on Capitol Hill toward immigrants,” he stated to the House Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Enforcement in a Feb. 11 testimony. “We do not agree with terms … [Read more...]

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Are wealthy US foundations paying to suppress religious freedom?

New York City, N.Y., Feb 13, 2015 / 04:02 am (CNA).- Questions are being raised over two U.S. foundations that have poured more than three million dollars into abortion rights, LGBT activist, and legal groups to push the message that exemptions based on religious beliefs are “un-American” and an abuse of liberty. The Arcus Foundation and the Ford Foundation have spent over $3 million in combined spending against religious liberty exemptions since 2013, according to a CNA review of … [Read more...]

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A cardinal for migrants: Italy’s Archbishop Francesco Montenegro

Agrigento, Italy, Feb 13, 2015 / 02:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Francesco Montenegro of Agrigento still feels himself more of a priest with concern for the poor than a cardinal, even though he will be given the red biretta this Saturday.His local Church includes Lampedusa, the small Italian island near Tunisia which is the destination of many African and Middle Eastern emigrants, and which was the destination of Francis' first trip outside Rome after his election as … [Read more...]

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Three countries will be represented in College of Cardinals for first time

Vatican City, Feb 13, 2015 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The different cultures represented by bishops who will be created cardinals this weekend demonstrate the Church's universality, thereby enriching the College of Cardinals, says the prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples. Referring to those countries never before represented by a red hat, Cardinal Fernando Filoni told CNA their presence “is also making the Church very universal, not only in name but also … [Read more...]

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Catholic Benefits Association appoints first-ever CEO

Oklahoma City, Okla., Feb 12, 2015 / 10:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- When hospitals are struggling financially, they bring in Douglas G. Wilson, Jr. to turn around their fortunes. Wilson, who previously served as CEO of five distressed hospitals throughout the US and successfully turned them into growing enterprises, was recently named the first Chief Executive Officer of the Catholic Benefits Association and Catholic Insurance Company. “The Board is tremendously enthusiastic about Doug … [Read more...]

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Latino leadership in the spotlight at intersection of Church and culture

Washington D.C., Feb 12, 2015 / 05:18 pm (CNA).- Social justice, politics and Latino culture are three areas that are fields for evangelization, a Hispanic ministry leader told young Catholic professionals at a recent event in Washington, D.C. “Our love of God isn’t real, is not verified, if it is not expressed in love of neighbor – love particularly of the poor and the excluded and the marginal,” said Fr. Allan Figueroa Deck, S.J. A professor of theological studies … [Read more...]

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