Ultimate freedom means choosing the good, bishop says

Lincoln, Neb., Jun 29, 2014 / 04:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop James Conley joined other religious leaders in Lincoln, Neb. for a prayer service for religious liberty, reminding those present that choosing goodness is what constitutes ultimate freedom. “We are set free by Christ so that we can love as God loves,” the bishop said June 27. “Freedom is the responsibility to choose goodness over profit, or comfort, or consequence. As the letter of St. James says, freedom is … [Read more...]

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Feast of Peter and Paul celebrates God’s mercy, Pope says

Vatican City, Jun 29, 2014 / 09:39 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his Sunday Angelus on the Feast of Peter and Paul, Pope Francis called the faithful to open themselves to the transforming power of God’s grace and mercy in their own lives. “Since ancient times the Roman Church celebrates the Apostles Peter and Paul in one unique feast on the same day, June 29,” the Pope observed. He explained that “this feast inspires in us a great joy, because it confronts us with … [Read more...]

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Trust in God overcomes worldly fears, Pope tells archbishops

Vatican City, Jun 29, 2014 / 04:25 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On the feast of Saints Peter and Paul, Pope Francis installed 24 new archbishops with the pallium, urging them, like Peter, to place their security in the Lord when faced by the fear of their own weakness. “I wonder, dear brother bishops, are we afraid? What are we afraid of? And if we are afraid, what forms of refuge do we seek, in our pastoral life, to find security?” the Pope asked in his June 29 homily. “Peter … [Read more...]

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The story of Father McGivney, extraordinary priest

Rome, Italy, Jun 28, 2014 / 04:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A new Italian edition of a book about the life of Father Michael McGivney tells the story of his extraordinary life as a parish priest, the inspiration that led him to found the Knights of Columbus, and the chronicle of his ongoing canonization process. “In reading this book, it will be clear that Father McGivney isn't only a model for American priests, but for all priests as well,” Carl Anderson, Supreme Knight of the … [Read more...]

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Boulder defies Colo. law with ‘gay marriage’ licenses

Boulder, Colo., Jun 28, 2014 / 06:49 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A federal court’s ruling against Utah’s marriage amendment has triggered a controversy in Colorado, where the Boulder County Clerk’s office has begun to give invalid marriage licenses to same-sex couples. “Colorado’s constitutional prohibition on same-sex marriages remains in effect,” Colorado Attorney General John Suthers said June 25. “Any marriage licenses issued to same-sex couples in … [Read more...]

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EWTN files for emergency mandate relief with Supreme Court

Washington D.C., Jun 27, 2014 / 05:44 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The EWTN Global Catholic Network has filed a motion for emergency relief with the U.S. Supreme Court, asking for an injunction to bar enforcement of the federal contraception mandate. Michael Warsaw, chairman and CEO of EWTN, explained that the network has already requested this protection with the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, “but that court has yet to respond to our petition.”   Without an injunction offering … [Read more...]

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Archbishop: Mandate ruling threatens Philly’s vulnerable

Philadelphia, Pa., Jun 27, 2014 / 05:25 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia said that he is “deeply disappointed” that a district judge has denied the archdiocese an initial injunction against the federal contraception mandate. “Archdiocesan charities daily assist the homeless, the elderly, immigrants, the disabled, the developmentally delayed and many other segments of our population that are vulnerable,” Archbishop Chaput … [Read more...]

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