Annual report shows Vatican financial watchdog to be on track

Vatican City, May 29, 2015 / 05:28 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The third annual report of the Financial Intelligence Authority shows that the Vatican's anti-money laundering legal system has been consolidated, journalists were told on Friday. The May 29 report regards the 2014 annual report, and the AIF noted that the year “saw a continous strengthening of the legal and institutional framework of the Holy See and Vatican City State to regulate supervised entities.” René … [Read more...]

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Does an Illinois bill threaten doctors’ conscience rights? Depends on whom you ask

Springfield, Ill., May 29, 2015 / 03:13 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An Illinois bill that some say threatens the conscience rights of medical providers is currently under consideration in the state’s general assembly. Catholics and pro-lifers are divided among themselves over the implications of SB 1564 for the conscience rights of medical providers. While the state’s Catholic Conference is neutral on the bill, the Christian legal group Alliance Defending Freedom states that it … [Read more...]

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Jail time over eagle feathers? One Native American’s religious freedom fight

Washington D.C., May 29, 2015 / 03:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A Native American tribe leader has been threatened with time in prison for his religious use of eagle feathers, and his case is currently before federal court. “This is a particularly egregious case where the federal government sent an undercover agent into a core religious ceremony, confiscated religious property, and criminally prosecuted people simply for practicing their religion,” stated Luke Goodrich, deputy general … [Read more...]

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What does the world need? Mercy and love, Pope tells Christians

Vatican City, May 29, 2015 / 12:22 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Catholic Church shouldn’t be afraid of the great changes of the modern world, Pope Francis has said. Rather, the Church should embrace this “happy challenge” with a renewed language of love and mercy. For Pope Francis, what people expect from the Church today is that “she knows how to walk with them, offering the company of the witness of faith, which shows solidarity to all, in particular those who are most … [Read more...]

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In Pakistan, dozens face murder charges for lynching of Christian couple

Lahore, Pakistan, May 29, 2015 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In Pakistan’s Punjab province, 106 people have been charged with the November 2014 murder of a Christian couple, who were attacked by a lynch mob and burned alive after being accused of blasphemy. Pakistan’s anti-terrorism court charged that three Muslim clerics were involved in persistent provocative speech against the couple, while local media reported the clerics stirred up over 400 people against Shahzad Masih and his … [Read more...]

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As conflict rages on, Ukrainian troops make a pilgrimage for peace

Lourdes, France, May 29, 2015 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Members of the Ukrainian army recently traveled to Lourdes, France for an international military pilgrimage aimed at promoting peace – something the whole country is said to be praying for. To come to the shrine with soldiers actively fighting in conflict zones “is very important to us because like this we feel very supported by the whole world,” Father Ivan Yavorskyy told CNA May 16. “We also want to show … [Read more...]

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For Boko Haram victims – and their babies – Catholics pledge full support

Abuja, Nigeria, May 28, 2015 / 04:36 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Many escapees of the terrorist group Boko Haram include women and girls who are pregnant as a result of rape, and Nigeria's Catholics have been swift to show solidarity and support for the victims. “To the women who are victims of the criminal actions by the Boko Haramists, we extend special concern and empathy,” the country's bishops said in a May 25 letter. “We appeal to them to keep faith in God Almighty … [Read more...]

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