University employee allowed back after marriage controversy

Washington D.C., Jan 10, 2013 / 12:17 am (CNA).- A Maryland university employee has been reinstated after spending three months on administrative leave for signing a petition to allow locals to vote on same-sex “marriage” in the state.“The work of the University’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion is vital and must continue in an active and vibrant way,” said T. Alan Hurwitz, president of Gallaudet University, which serves the deaf and hard of … [Read more...]

Cardinal Dolan decries proposal to expand abortion access

New York City, N.Y., Jan 9, 2013 / 06:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York expressed “great disappointment” in Gov. Andrew Cuomo's announcement to move forward with the state's proposed Reproductive Health Act. In his third annual State of the State address on Jan. 9, the democratic governor said that among other reforms, he intends to strengthen local abortion laws by enacting the measure. In response, Cardinal Dolan said the move would … [Read more...]

One Iranian pastor freed, another remains imprisoned

Washington D.C., Jan 9, 2013 / 02:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Reports in Iran indicate that a Christian pastor who was arrested on Christmas Day has been released, while a second pastor remains in prison for his religious beliefs. “Iran must not be allowed to persecute individuals because of their faith,” stressed Jordan Sekulow, executive director of the Washington, D.C.-based American Center for Law and Justice, which has been monitoring the plight of Christians in Iran. In a … [Read more...]

Church leaders must fight relativism, Peruvian cardinal says

Lima, Peru, Jan 9, 2013 / 12:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani, archbishop of Lima, Peru, said the role of the bishop is the lead people to Christ which includes taking a stand against widespread relativism in modern society. “The bishop cannot take the most comfortable road, because he has to always seek after Christ, unity with the Pope, and manifest it with his example and his words,” Cardinal Cipriani said on the Feast of the Epiphany on Jan. 6. “For … [Read more...]

‘You are not alone,’ Pope tells those suffering from sickness

Vatican City, Jan 9, 2013 / 09:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Ahead of the World Day of the Sick, Pope Benedict XVI expressed his closeness to those with illnesses and reaffirmed that Jesus Christ's sufferings give meaning to their own. “You are not alone, separated, abandoned or useless. You have been called by Christ and are his living and transparent image,” said the Pope, quoting Pope Paul VI's words from the Second Vatican Council. The 21st World Day of the Sick will be … [Read more...]

Hundreds of thousands to flood Paris in support of marriage

Paris, France, Jan 9, 2013 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Supporters of traditional marriage expect hundreds of thousands of marchers to turn out for an upcoming national rally in opposition to President Francois Hollande's “marriage for all” proposal. Set to go before France's parliament Jan. 29, the draft law proposes to redefine marriage as a union “contracted between two persons of different sex or of the same sex.” The law would also allow … [Read more...]

Pro-adoption ad campaign reaches women nationwide

Grand Rapids, Mich., Jan 9, 2013 / 02:04 am (CNA).- A national ad campaign that promotes adoption as an alternative to abortion has reached hundreds of women and has helped many of them arrange adoptions for their babies. The campaign, organized by the Austin, Texas-based Heroic Media in partnership with the Michigan-based Bethany Christian Services, aired 45 spots over a four-week period on the Oxygen Network during the reality TV show “I’m Having Their Baby.” The ads … [Read more...]