Colorado court gives no relief to baker who declined to serve gay wedding

Denver, Colo., Aug 13, 2015 / 03:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A Colorado baker has lamented the Colorado Court of Appeals’ ruling handed down Thursday that he illegally discriminated when he declined to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. Jack Phillips of Masterpiece Cakeshop said that in his view the ruling means that the court created an exception to the First Amendment that wrongly affects his family-run bakery. “You’re entitled to believe, but not entitled to act on … [Read more...]

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What the Church is doing to help flood victims in Myanmar

Yangon, Myanmar, Aug 13, 2015 / 11:30 am (CNA/EWTN News).- More than 100 people have been killed and thousands more displaced by monsoon flooding in Myanmar, one of the poorest nations in Asia. With government relief efforts faltering, the Catholic Church is stepping in to offer help. “The situation is distressing…particularly in the most affected lower belt of Haka and Kalay dioceses in the Chin territory,” said Fr. Leo Mang, head of social communications of the Catholic … [Read more...]

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In Burundi’s crisis, the Church stands with the people

Bujumbura, Burundi, Aug 13, 2015 / 06:02 am (Aid to the Church in Need).- A Burundian priest has spoken out about the worrying crisis in his country, particularly following the Aug. 2 murder of  General Adolph Nshimirimana, a close ally of president Pierre Nkurunziza, who is seeking a third term in office. “We have no idea how this grave crime will affect the already difficult situation in our country. But undoubtedly this killing will have serious consequences,” said Father … [Read more...]

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A street party for Don Bosco – 15,000 turn up to celebrate saint in Lima

Lima, Peru, Aug 13, 2015 / 03:59 am (CNA).- More than 15,000 members of the Salesian Family turned out August 9 on the streets of Lima, Peru, as part of the celebration of Bicentennial of the Birth of Don Bosco.Speaking to CNA, Father Santo Dal Ben, the provincial for the Salesians in Peru, said that this event “can be read as a sign of the sensibility there is today towards the family, especially in a society that sometimes ‘shakes up’ the family. There’s a lot of … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis baptizes children of an old friend at the Vatican

Vatican City, Aug 13, 2015 / 12:31 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a whirlwind trip, Lucas Schaerer and his family – friends of Pope Francis from his time in Buenos Aires – traveled to the Vatican, where the Pope baptized their daughters, Simona and Charo. “The ceremony was beautiful and simple…Francis celebrated Mass and then we went to a sitting room, where we spoke for a long time,” Argentinian journalist Mercedes Ninci, a close friend of the couple, recalled in … [Read more...]

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Latin Americans find post-abortion healing in Rachel’s Vineyard Hispanic outreach

Palm Beach, Fla., Aug 12, 2015 / 04:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Abortion strikes someone on such a personal level that it’s only natural that those seeking healing would want to express their grief and pain in their first language. That’s what Donna Gardner realized when her Rachel's Vineyard team began encountering men and women whose first language is Spanish. Gardner coordinates the apostolate's rereats for Catholic Charities of Palm Beach, and she explained that “The … [Read more...]

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Former technician: Planned Parenthood took baby organs without consent

Washington D.C., Aug 12, 2015 / 11:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The latest in a series of videos on Planned Parenthood features testimony from a former technician who says she worked with the clinics to procure tissue from aborted babies without the mother’s consent. “Basically you just went in there and took her blood, and now you’re going to take her fetus without her knowing,” Holly O’Donnell, a former “blood and tissue procurement technician” for the … [Read more...]

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