Defending life in politics part of New Evangelization, Cardinal Burke states

Vatican City, Jun 15, 2013 / 09:25 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Participating in the political process in favor of human life is a part of the New Evangelization, Cardinal Raymond L. Burke said as he kicked-off a pro-life weekend at the Vatican.“While the transformation of hearts is the most fundamental means of new evangelization regarding human life, Catholics and all persons of good will must be attentive to all laws, which safeguard the dignity of human life,” Cardinal Burke said June … [Read more...]

Cardinals fill important ‘Vatican bank’ position

Vatican City, Jun 15, 2013 / 06:31 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The commission of cardinals that oversees the so-called Vatican bank has filled a key position by naming Monsignor Battista Ricca the secretary for the board and the commission itself. Vatican press office director Father Federico Lombardi announced the appointment of Msgr. Ricca in a June 15 statement. “The Supervisory Commission of Cardinals Institute for Works of Religion, with the approval of the Holy Father has appointed … [Read more...]

Catholic men address ‘identity crisis’ of fatherhood

Boston, Mass., Jun 15, 2013 / 06:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Several prominent Catholic men offer advice in new new book on how to respond to the modern uncertainty of what it means to a father and a man.   “There's a severe identity crisis in fatherhood, and in a related way, the concept of manhood,” Brian Caulfield, head of the Knights of Columbus website “Fathers for Good,” told CNA June 7. Frequently in pop culture – especially in sitcoms on … [Read more...]

Bipartisan warning issued over religious freedom threats in health care

Washington D.C., Jun 14, 2013 / 05:15 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Members of the Congressional Values Action Team of the House of Representatives gathered at a special order to voice their concerns over threats to religious freedom posed by the recent health care overhaul. Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.) told Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) on June 14, that “religious freedom is our first freedom, as stated right there in the First Amendment.”“This is not just freedom to … [Read more...]

Worldwide protests push for human, religious rights in Iran

Washington D.C., Jun 14, 2013 / 02:34 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Grassroots activists gathered at the Iranian Embassies across the world on June 13 to protest human rights violations in Iran, particularly the imprisonment of American citizen, Pastor Saeed Abedini.According to Tiffany Barrans of the American Center for Law and Justice, activists in Washington, D.C., “held up signs saying ‘release Pastor Saeed’ as they stood in quiet support of religious freedom for … [Read more...]

Catholic groups slam Pelosi’s claim that abortion is ‘sacred ground’

Washington D.C., Jun 14, 2013 / 01:16 pm (CNA).- Prominent Catholics and members of the pro-life movement denounced statements by House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi that as a Catholic, she views the protection of late-term abortion as “sacred ground.”Maureen Ferguson, senior policy advisor for the Catholic Association, called it “amazing” that the trial of Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell “did not touch Nancy Pelosi's heart.”“What we … [Read more...]

Vatican expected SNAP case against Benedict XVI to fail

Rome, Italy, Jun 14, 2013 / 12:44 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican is not at all surprised the International Criminal Court rejected a request by an abuse victims’ advocacy group to investigate Benedict XVI for crimes against humanity. “We have always thought that the Court would answer this way, given the unfounded accusation,” the Holy See’s press office director, Father Federico Lombardi, told CNA June 14. The court rejected a request from the U.S.-based … [Read more...]