Catholic charities back lower tuition for immigrants

Denver, Colo., Mar 6, 2013 / 12:02 am (CNA).- Colorado's three Catholic Charities agencies have stated their support for a bill which would allow some undocumented students to pay in-state tuition at the state's universities. “These brothers and sisters are human beings worthy of treatment in keeping with their inherent human dignity,” the directors of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Denver, of Central Colorado, and of the Diocese of Pueblo, wrote Feb. … [Read more...]

Lawmakers, medical workers speak up on conscience bill

Washington D.C., Mar 5, 2013 / 05:54 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Members of Congress and individuals who have been forced to violate their consciences came together to stress the need for a federal law protecting religious freedom in the field of health care.Highlighting the importance of conscience protections for all individuals, Rep. Diane Black, (R-Tenn.) explained that religious freedom means more than “going to church on Sunday.”Black spoke at a March 5 press conference in … [Read more...]

Venezuelan bishops call for unity after death of Chavez

Caracas, Venezuela, Mar 5, 2013 / 05:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The secretary general of the bishops' conference of Venezuela, Bishop Jesus Gonzalez de Zarate Salas, called for national unity after the death of President Hugo Chavez. The bishop, an auxiliary of the Archdiocese of Caracas, said that this unity is essential in order for the country to face the “painful fact” of Chavez's passing. “At this moment, we speak to our highest feelings,” the prelate told … [Read more...]

Venezuelan bishops call for unity after death of Chavez

Caracas, Venezuela, Mar 5, 2013 / 05:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The secretary general of the bishops' conference of Venezuela, Bishop Jesus Gonzalez de Zarate Salas, called for national unity after the death of President Hugo Chavez. The bishop, an auxiliary of the Archdiocese of Caracas, said that this unity is essential in order for the country to face the “painful fact” of Chavez's passing. “At this moment, we speak to our highest feelings,” the prelate told … [Read more...]

Benedict XVI’s cobbler fondly remembers retired Pope

Rome, Italy, Mar 5, 2013 / 04:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The man who is known around the world as “the Pope’s shoemaker” expressed sadness at the retirement of Pope Benedict XVI but also gratitude for the opportunity to serve the pontiff.“I saw on television that he was wearing my shoes and I felt so proud,” recalled Antonio Arellano, who mended shoes for Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI when he was cardinal and also made special shoes for him during his pontificate.In … [Read more...]

Proposed federal bill to strengthen religious freedom

Washington D.C., Mar 5, 2013 / 02:44 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Members of Congress have introduced a new bill that would create a broad exemption to the HHS mandate and strengthen protections for health care professionals and institutions with moral and religious objections to abortion. “We have come together to act to protect Americans’ most basic rights – our rights of conscience and religious freedom,” bill co-sponsor Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.) said March … [Read more...]

Cardinals will be informed of Vatileaks background

Rome, Italy, Mar 5, 2013 / 11:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley said he trusts the cardinals taking part in the papal election will be informed on the necessary background information related to the Vatileaks scandal. “The cardinals feel confident that we will get all the information that we need for our deliberation,” said Cardinal O’Malley at a March 5 news conference at the Pontifical North American College in Rome. “It does not … [Read more...]


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