Critics slam drastic widening of morning-after pill access

Brooklyn, N.Y., Apr 5, 2013 / 03:11 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A federal judge's order to make the morning-after pill available without a prescription to people of any age has drawn sharp criticism and concern from public figures throughout the country. “This is just a recipe for disaster,” Dennis Poust, communications director for the New York Catholic Conference, told CNA April 5. In response to a lawsuit filed by the Center for Reproductive Rights, a federal judge in Brooklyn, … [Read more...]

Venezuelan Cardinal encourages free and courageous vote

Caracas, Venezuela, Apr 5, 2013 / 12:17 pm (CNA).- Cardinal Jorge Urosa of Caracas, Venezuela and his auxiliary bishops are encouraging Venezuelans to vote freely, courageously and based on their conscience in the upcoming presidential election.“Let us remember that one’s vote is private,” the bishops said in a recent statement. “Only God will know who we vote for.”“Let us reject any improper threats,” they continued. “A freely cast vote is a … [Read more...]

Pope’s actions have clear Ignatian roots, Jesuit notes at digital debut

Rome, Italy, Apr 5, 2013 / 10:14 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At the launch of its first digital publication, the director of a prominent Jesuit Catholic magazine said the Pope’s actions “clearly show” his Jesuit roots. “We already recognize in all his words, especially in his actions, very clear Ignatian roots,” Jesuit Father Antonio Spadaro, the director of Civiltà Cattolica, said April 5 at the Vatican press office. “In this edition there is a section … [Read more...]

Pope Francis confirms strong stance against clerical abuse

Vatican City, Apr 5, 2013 / 06:49 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has reaffirmed the Vatican process established by Benedict XVI for handling instances of sexual abuse by priests. The Pope told Archbishop Gerhard L. Müller, who heads the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and is responsible for abuse cases, to “continue the line desired by Benedict XVI of decisive action regarding cases of sexual abuse,” according to an April 5 statement from the congregation. He … [Read more...]

Pope Francis confirms strong stance against clerical abuse

Vatican City, Apr 5, 2013 / 06:49 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has reaffirmed the Vatican process established by Benedict XVI for handling instances of sexual abuse by priests. The Pope told Archbishop Gerhard L. Müller, who heads the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and is responsible for abuse cases, to “continue the line desired by Benedict XVI of decisive action regarding cases of sexual abuse,” according to an April 5 statement from the congregation. He … [Read more...]

Despite threat, lawyer thinks Miami nuns can continue outreach

Miami, Fla., Apr 5, 2013 / 04:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After the City of Miami issued a violation to the Missionaries of Charity for “operating a business without a license,” a lawyer providing legal support said he is confident the city will withdraw the notice. “The city has full knowledge” of the sisters' work and has given them “numerous approvals over the years,” attorney Tom Equels told CNA April 4.   “Sometimes they forget so … [Read more...]

Anglican archbishop lands massive prize for peace efforts

Philadelphia, Pa., Apr 5, 2013 / 02:05 am (CNA).- South African apartheid fighter Archbishop Desmond Tutu has been awarded the prestigious Templeton Prize in recognition of the Anglican churchman's work in advancing global peace. “Desmond Tutu calls upon all of us to recognize that each and every human being is unique in all of history and, in doing so, to embrace our own vast potential to be agents for spiritual progress and positive change,” said Dr. John M. Templeton, Jr., … [Read more...]


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