Bishop: Hobby Lobby case shows need to fight secularism

Lincoln, Neb., Jul 15, 2014 / 12:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Despite the recent Hobby Lobby court victory, Bishop James D. Conley of Lincoln, Neb. stressed the need for Catholics to continue to evangelize and fight against the prevailing culture of secularism. “The victory is not unqualified and the fight for our religious liberty is not complete. Churches, hospitals, and universities are still threatened by the HHS contraceptive mandate,” Bishop Conley said in his July 11 … [Read more...]

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Pope denounces ‘racist, xenophobic’ attitudes toward immigrants

Vatican City, Jul 15, 2014 / 04:21 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his message for the Mexico-Holy See Colloquium on Migration and Development Pope Francis called for a change in the way migrants are viewed, giving particular emphasis to unaccompanied children. “Many people forced to emigrate suffer, and often, die tragically; many of their rights are violated, they are obliged to separate from their families and, unfortunately, continue to be the subject of racist and xenophobic … [Read more...]

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Thai bishop sows seeds of evangelization in mission diocese

Chiang Mai, Thailand, Jul 15, 2014 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The bishop of Thailand's northernmost diocese, which is largely rural and dominated by hill tribes, has begun himself working in the fields alongside his flock, noting the importance of agriculture there. “I try to understand the farmers, and to promote Catholic social teaching so that they can contribute to a holistic human development, can work for the common good of their family and for the entire nation,” … [Read more...]

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Knights of Columbus pledge $1.4 million for Special Olympics

Los Angeles, Calif., Jul 15, 2014 / 02:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Knights of Columbus have pledged $1.4 million for next year’s Special Olympics World Games, helping to cover participating athletes’ expenses for the Los Angeles event. “Our support exemplifies our commitment to the dignity of every person, our dedication to assisting with our neighbors’ needs whatever they may be, and our deep appreciation for the great work done by Special Olympics,” Supreme … [Read more...]

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Berlin cardinal transferred to Germany’s largest archdiocese

Cologne, Germany, Jul 15, 2014 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki has been appointed Archbishop of Cologne, the Vatican announced July 11. The Cologne archdiocese has some 2 million faithful, the largest number of Catholics in any German diocese. Its territory covers a significant part of the industrial Ruhr region and includes the cities of Cologne, Düsseldorf, and Bonn.   Cardinal Woelki replaces Cardinal Joachim Meisner, who resigned Feb. 28 upon reaching … [Read more...]

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Vatican appoints advisor for the Legion of Christ

Rome, Italy, Jul 14, 2014 / 06:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The appointment of Father Gianfranco Ghirlanda, S.J., as pontifical advisor for the Legion of Christ aims to advance the renewal and reform of the troubled religious congregation. Fr. Benjamin Clariond, a Legion of Christ spokesperson, said the advisor’s presence guarantees help and oversight for the Legion “in following through on the path we already started.”   Fr. Clariond told CNA July 4 that rebuilding … [Read more...]

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CatholicFest mixes camping, encounter with truth, beauty

Green Bay, Wis., Jul 14, 2014 / 04:56 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- For the past three years now, Catholic families in the Diocese of Green Bay and beyond have been marking their calendars for July 4th, and not just because it’s Independence Day. Since 2012, families have camped out by Kangaroo Lake near Bailey’s Harbor, Wisc., for CatholicFest, an event over the holiday weekend that offers a chance to pray, meet other Catholic families, and experience truth, beauty and goodness in the … [Read more...]

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