Life is not ours to end, Canadians say against suicide bill

Quebec City, Canada, Jun 27, 2014 / 02:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Quebec National Assembly on Thursday passed legislation creating a right to assisted suicide in some circumstances, drawing criticism from pro-life advocates who argue that life is sacred. “We have no right to take our lives. Our lives are not ours. Our lives are a gift from God,” Mary Ellen Douglas, national organizer of Canada's Campaign Life Coalition, told CNA June 26. “We have no right to take our … [Read more...]

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Religious applicants fare worse in job hunt, studies suggest

Hartford, Conn., Jun 27, 2014 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Two studies suggest that religious self-identification on a job applicant’s resume can harm his or her job prospects, with Catholics receiving almost as few responses to job applications as Muslims in some parts of the U.S. “What we found is that, when applying for a job, it’s better not to mention religion at all – but employers really don’t want you to mention being a Muslim,” University of … [Read more...]

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Vatican releases outline for October synod on the family

Vatican City, Jun 26, 2014 / 04:43 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Divided into three parts, the Vatican's newly released outline that will drive discussion during the upcoming synod touches on the nature of families and current challenges they face. Reflecting on the theme of “the Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization,” the Oct. 5-19 third extraordinary synod of bishops was called by Pope Francis last fall in order to prepare the ordinary synod in … [Read more...]

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Supreme Court’s abortion clinic ruling hailed as win for women

Washington D.C., Jun 26, 2014 / 04:24 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A unanimous Supreme Court decision striking down a 35-foot buffer zone around Massachusetts abortion clinics is being praised as a victory not only for pro-life counsellors but for all women. Jeanne Monahan, president of the March for Life, told CNA that the ruling “absolutely protects women.” “Abortion is bad physiologically and psychologically for many, many, many women,” she continued, adding that the … [Read more...]

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Pope: Jesus was a pastor, not a ‘moralistic’ power-seeker

Vatican City, Jun 26, 2014 / 01:14 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily Pope Francis warned of those who reduce the faith to moralism and ambition, stating that people in Jesus' time followed him because he spoke the truth in a way they understood. “This is why the people followed Jesus, because He was the Good Shepherd. He wasn’t a moralistic, quibbling Pharisee, or a Sadducee who made political deals with the powerful, or a guerrilla who sought the political liberation … [Read more...]

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Supreme Court unanimously rejects abortion clinic buffer zones

Washington D.C., Jun 26, 2014 / 08:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously struck down a Massachusetts state law that imposed a 35-foot buffer zone around abortion clinics, in which protestors and pro-life counselors could not enter to speak with patients. The law violates First Amendment free speech protections, the court said in its McCullen vs. Coakley opinion, delivered June 26 by Chief Justice John Roberts, Jr. Although it did not strike down all buffer laws, the … [Read more...]

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Peace in Middle East can flourish again, Pope assures

Vatican City, Jun 26, 2014 / 07:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In an audience with aid organizations assisting Oriental churches, Pope Francis explained that peace is a gift from God, which can be regained by offering hope through our solidarity with those who suffer. “Those who would cultivate the plant of peace must never forget that God alone gives the growth. True peace, the peace which the world cannot give, is a gift to us from Jesus Christ,” the Pope observed in his June 26 … [Read more...]

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