Second Fortnight for Freedom to highlight marriage, mandate

Washington D.C., May 14, 2013 / 04:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. bishops' conference has announced a second Fortnight for Freedom, scheduled for the two weeks leading up to Independence Day, to raise awareness and support for the right to religious liberty.“The need for prayer, education, and action in defense of religious liberty has never been greater,” said Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore. “The Fortnight for Freedom exists to meet that need.”The … [Read more...]

Justice Ginsburg calls Roe a disappointing decision

Washington D.C., May 14, 2013 / 02:04 am (CNA).- Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, an abortion rights advocate, says that the court's Roe v. Wade decision in 1973 was overreaching and became too big a “target” for pro-life supporters. “That was my concern, that the court had given opponents of access to abortion a target to aim at relentlessly,” Ginsburg said in a talk May 11 at the University of Chicago Law School. “My criticism of Roe is that it … [Read more...]

Catholic groups say agriculture laws should aid poor, farmers

Washington D.C., May 14, 2013 / 12:09 am (CNA).- Leaders of several prominent Catholic institutions asked members of Congress to provide for the hungry, protect the interests of farmers and promote environmental stewardship with the 2013 Farm Bill.           “In the face of continuing budgetary constraints, the 2013 Farm Bill is an opportunity to address our nation’s broken and outdated agricultural policies,” they said.“This is a … [Read more...]

Gosnell conviction prompts call for abortion business scrutiny

Philadelphia, Pa., May 13, 2013 / 05:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As news of the guilty verdict of first degree murder for abortionist Kermit Gosnell broke, pro-life leaders welcomed his conviction while calling for a closer look at the abortion industry as a whole. U.S. Congresswoman Diane Black, (R–Tenn.), said that while she applauds the grand jury’s decision to convict the Philadelphia abortionist on at least three charges of first-degree murder, she said his crimes “stand as … [Read more...]

Board game created by nun becomes a hit in Spain

Rome, Italy, May 13, 2013 / 04:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A new faith-based board game created by a Spanish nun has become one of the most popular First Communion gifts in Spain this year.Sister Maria Granados Molina created the new game, “The Joy of the Faith,” which tests players’ knowledge of Catholicism. The game’s publisher said 2,000 copies have been made since the game went on sale a few months ago, and there are hopes to market it in the United States and Latin … [Read more...]

Abortionist Gosnell convicted of three baby murders

Philadelphia, Pa., May 13, 2013 / 02:24 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell on Monday was convicted on three of the four first degree murder charges for killing babies who had been born alive. Gosnell, 72, could face the death penalty for the murder charges. The jury will hear arguments for and against a death sentence a week from Tuesday. The unborn babies were known only by letters, and Gosnell was convicted of the murders of Baby Boy A, Baby C and Baby D at his … [Read more...]

Undecided on two charges, Gosnell jurors continue deliberations

Philadelphia, Pa., May 13, 2013 / 11:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The jury considering the case of Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell has said it is deadlocked on two of the more than 250 charges against the doctor accused of killing a patient and several babies born alive.The two undecided charges were not announced. Deliberations are now in their 10th day.Judge Jeffrey P. Minehart on Monday instructed the jury to try to arrive at unanimous decisions on all counts. He asked jurors to … [Read more...]