Pro-Sikh court ruling strengthens religious exemptions in Army

Washington D.C., Mar 15, 2016 / 10:48 pm (CNA).- A federal court has sided with a Sikh soldier working to secure a religious exemption for his beard and headwear under U.S. Army regulations. The ruling affirms that religious groups cannot be targeted because of their faith, experts said.  “This is a huge victory for Sikhs and the first time a court has said the military cannot discriminate against an active duty Sikh. Sikhs must be treated on equal terms as other groups,” Eric … [Read more...]

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This is ‘wrong,’ bishop tells Notre Dame for awarding Joe Biden

South Bend, Ind., Mar 15, 2016 / 05:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Vice President Joe Biden's “gravely irresponsible” rejection of Catholic teaching on abortion and marriage should disqualify him from Notre Dame's Laetare Medal, the local bishop has said.“We should seek to honor those who act to protect human life and dignity from conception to natural death, who respect true marriage and the family, who promote peace, justice, religious freedom, solidarity, the integral … [Read more...]

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Crux partners with Knights of Columbus

New Haven, Conn., Mar 15, 2016 / 03:22 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Catholic news website Crux has announced a partnership with the Knights of Columbus, following the Boston Globe dropping its financial backing of the outlet.Under the new partnership, Crux will remain an independent news site, headed by veteran Vatican analyst John Allen and reporter Inés San Martín.“We are thrilled with this partnership with the Knights of Columbus,” Allen said in a statement. … [Read more...]

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Fr. Virgilio Elizondo, who died in apparent suicide, mourned

San Antonio, Texas, Mar 15, 2016 / 02:31 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller of San Antonio has released a statement mourning the death of one of his priests, Father Virgilio Elizondo, who was found dead on Monday of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound.“I join the priests of the Archdiocese of San Antonio as we are deeply saddened and stunned by the news of the death of Father Virgilio Elizondo on March 14,” Archbishop Garcia-Siller stated. “This is … [Read more...]

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Sweeping vote in Utah labels porn dangerous to public health

Salt Lake City, Utah, Mar 15, 2016 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Utah's state legislature recently passed a resolution warning about the harm pornography does to individuals, families and society.The resolution says that the state legislature “recognizes that pornography is a public health hazard leading to a broad spectrum of individual and public health impacts and societal harms.”Susan Dennin, a spokesperson for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City, said the move … [Read more...]

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It’s official – Mother Teresa will be canonized September 4

Vatican City, Mar 15, 2016 / 03:57 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After months of anticipation, the date of Mother Teresa’s canonization has finally been announced. It falls on Sept. 4, which this year will also mark a special jubilee for workers and volunteers of mercy.Though it's been rumored for months that Mother Teresa’s canonization will take place Sept. 4, the Vatican made the date official during a March 15 consistory of cardinals.Mother Teresa was born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu … [Read more...]

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Five years into the Syrian Civil War, a look at those who’ve fled

Washington D.C., Mar 15, 2016 / 03:12 am (CNA).- March 15 marks five years since civil war broke out in Syria. The conflict has had devastating consequences for the people of the country, many of whom have been forced to flee.Since 2011, Catholic Relief Services has helped to assist more than 1 million Syrians in the Middle East and Europe who have been affected by the war. The following Q-and-A is offered by Kevin Hartigan, who serves as CRS’ regional director for the Middle … [Read more...]

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