Expert finds Clinton’s religious freedom report not backed by action

Washington D.C., Jul 31, 2012 / 04:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- While a new report from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton uses strong rhetoric to back religious liberty, a former diplomat says more action needs to be taken to turn those words into reality. Dr. Thomas Farr, director of the Religious Freedom Project at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs at Georgetown University, told CNA that although the report offers a "comprehensive catalogue of violations of religious … [Read more...]

Chick-fil-A flap shows drive to suppress religion, Douthat says

New York City, N.Y., Jul 31, 2012 / 02:03 am (CNA).- New York Times columnist Ross Douthat said in a recent column that the reactions against the Chick-fil-A president’s stance on “gay marriage” reveal that many people only maintain a “facade” of respect for religious freedom. Douthat suggested in his July 29 column that many people now believe religious beliefs cannot be exercised or expressed “in ways that might make anyone uncomfortable with his or … [Read more...]

Pro-life walk across America continues after death

Columbia, Md., Jul 31, 2012 / 12:20 am (CNA).- An uncle of a young pro-life advocate killed by a car during his pro-life walk across America is flying to the U.S. to take his nephew’s place and complete the remainder of the journey. U.K. resident Paul Brilliant will attend his nephew Andrew Kentigern Moore’s July 31 funeral in Concord, Calif. and then meet the pro-life group Crossroads in Steubenville, Ohio to help complete their walk from San Francisco to Washington, … [Read more...]

Vatican daily slams ‘confused’ Gates Foundation policies

Vatican City, Jul 30, 2012 / 08:31 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Vatican daily L’Osservatore Romano has published an article sharply criticizing the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for securing $4.6 billion dollars over the next eight years to promote contraceptives, starting in Africa. In her July 29 front-page story, reporter Giulia Galeotti said Melinda Gates, who self-identifies as Catholic, “has gone astray.” Gates, the wife of Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, helped … [Read more...]

Pakistan Church says Asia Bibi must be defended cautiously

Rome, Italy, Jul 30, 2012 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Church in Pakistan said that all of the efforts to prevent the execution of Catholic mother Asia Bibi requires prudence on the part of her defenders. According to Gaudium Press, the director of the National Committee on Justice and Peace of the Bishops’ Conference of Pakistan, Father Emannuel Yousaf Mani, said the concern about the international campaigns to help Bibi is understandable.   “But the life of this … [Read more...]

Law reuniting immigrant families gains support from US bishops

Washington D.C., Jul 30, 2012 / 03:45 pm (CNA).- The U.S. bishops have joined more than 130 organizations urging legislation to help reunite children who have been separated from family members due to immigration measures against their parents. The Help Separated Families Act will help improve the chances that “children placed in the child welfare system as a result of immigration enforcement actions against their parents can ultimately reunify” with their family members, the … [Read more...]

Spanish pro-life group says fetal handicap law should eliminate abortion

Madrid, Spain, Jul 30, 2012 / 12:02 pm (CNA/Europa Press).- The spokeswoman for Spain's Right to Life group has urged the country to recognize that a proposal to outlaw abortion in cases of fetal handicaps shows that the procedure should be “completely” abolished. In a statement issued on July 26, Gador Joya said the organization agrees with “the basis and the logic” of a proposal made by the Minister of Justice Alberto Ruiz-Gallardon to prohibit abortion in cases … [Read more...]