Cardinal Dolan reaffirms bishops’ opposition to HHS mandate

Washington D.C., Sep 19, 2013 / 03:20 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As scores of lawsuits against the federal contraception mandate continue to move through the courts, the head of the U.S. bishops’ conference has voiced renewed commitment to defending religious liberty.“The bishops have made clear their strong, unified commitment to protecting religious freedom,” said Kim Daniels, spokesperson for Cardinal Timothy Dolan, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic … [Read more...]

Marian shrine in Spain marks 400th anniversary

Madrid, Spain, Sep 19, 2013 / 02:21 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The shrine of Our Lady of Fuencisla, patroness of the Spanish city of Segovia, will mark its 400th anniversary on Sept. 23 with a traditional novena led by the city's bishop, Ángel Rubio Castro. “In these 400 years, innumerable Segovians have passed through this Shrine to visit Our Lady. Only she knows of the thousands of intentions, prayers, troubles, joys, sorrows and secrets of her children,” wrote … [Read more...]

Pope exhorts world’s new bishops to be welcoming pastors

Vatican City, Sep 19, 2013 / 07:32 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis spoke today to new bishops gathered from across the globe, encouraging them to tend their flocks – and to welcome, journey and remain with the members of their dioceses. “I've served three bishops in the diocese of Tyler and I’m the fourth bishop of the diocese,” said Bishop Joseph E. Strickland of Texas during the annual New Bishop's Conference in Rome. “It really is a reminder of … [Read more...]

Two architecture firms chosen to transform Crystal Cathedral

Orange, Calif., Sep 19, 2013 / 03:48 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Kevin W. Vann of Orange, Calif., announced the selection of two firms to collaborate in renovating the “Crystal Cathedral” into a Catholic cathedral at the diocese's annual prayer breakfast yesterday morning.“The Crystal Cathedral is an established international landmark and is much lauded for its architectural inspiration and iconic stature…Johnson Fain and Rios Clementi Hale Studios have the … [Read more...]

Religious liberty threats pose ‘real danger’ in Indonesia, Burma

Washington D.C., Sep 19, 2013 / 01:22 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The persecution of religious minorities in both Indonesia and Burma pose dangers not only to the two countries, but to the region and the world, says a human rights advocate who specializes in the area.Speaking Sept. 12 on “Radical Islamism in Indonesia and Militant Buddhism in Burma,” a talk sponsored by the Hudson Institute, Benedict Rogers said that “there is a real danger of these situations feeding off each … [Read more...]

Love conquers violence, cardinal says after Navy Yard shooting

Washington D.C., Sep 18, 2013 / 05:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, prayed for the victims of the Washington Navy Yard shooting, saying victims and their families can find consolation and comfort in the hope given by Christ. “We pray first of all for all of those who died in the tragedy yesterday at the Navy Yard in southeast Washington,” the cardinal said at a Sept. 17 Mass at Washington’s Cathedral of St. Matthew the … [Read more...]

Seminar at UN to push for pro-life, pro-family development efforts

New York City, N.Y., Sep 18, 2013 / 03:58 pm (CNA).- A U.S. religious liberty group and a Mexican development organization are holding a seminar at the United Nations to advocate the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals in a way that respects human life and the family.“At this crucial time in history when the sanctity of life and the human family are assaulted at every turn, there is an urgent need to address delegates of the United Nation and make them aware of the … [Read more...]