Vatican official surprised by Italian bank’s credit card halt

Vatican City, Jan 15, 2013 / 10:12 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Bank of Italy's decision to not accept credit cards from foreign banks anymore at the Vatican has stunned a Vatican official, who reiterated the Holy See's financial transparency. As of Jan. 1, the Vatican's main operator, Deutsche Bank Italian unit, has not been authorized to transact foreign credit cards in the tiny state – a move that could affect the millions of tourists who visit each year. “I'm … [Read more...]

Fight against porn starts with the heart, new columnist writes

Denver, Colo., Jan 15, 2013 / 04:02 am (CNA).- CNA's new columnist Matt McGuiness offers a different approach to the widespread problem of pornography through an “education of desire,” or examining what the human heart truly longs for. “We really have to look within ourselves and see what it is that we want...Christ wants our hearts, he wants us to go to the depths of the questions that are deep within our hearts,” McGuiness said in Jan. 9 interview. His series … [Read more...]

Report shows children crucial to California’s future

Los Angeles, Calif., Jan 15, 2013 / 02:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A new report has found “fresh impetus” for nurturing California children due to the combination of falling birthrates, retiring Baby Boomers, and reduced immigration in the state. “Children have always been important and deserving of our most diligent care, but the stakes have never been higher,” read “California's Diminishing Resource: Children,” released Jan. 8 by the Lucile Packard … [Read more...]

Facebook abortion ads prompt call for pro-life action

London, England, Jan 15, 2013 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Facebook must be called on to refuse abortion ads that target U.K. women, says a pro-life leader who warns the practice “threatens to further commercialize the killing of unborn children.” “Facebook advertising will only serve the abortion industry’s money-spinning trade which hurts women through killing their unborn children,” Anthony Ozimic, communications manager with the London-based Society for the … [Read more...]

Stanford Law School launches religious liberty clinic

Washington D.C., Jan 14, 2013 / 05:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Beginning this term, students at Stanford Law School have the opportunity to gain knowledge and real-world experience by participating in the nation’s first religious liberty clinic. “The launch of this new clinic is a significant moment in the development of Stanford's clinical program,” said Stanford law professor Lawrence Marshall, who serves as associate dean for clinical education. “The Religious … [Read more...]

Mexico grateful for Church help in weapons surrender program

Mexico City, Mexico, Jan 14, 2013 / 04:02 pm (CNA/Europa Press).- Mexico's federal district thanked the Archdiocese of Mexico City for its help in a weapons surrender program which took place last week at the plaza outside the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Speaking to reporters at the beginning of January, Gov. Miguel Angel Mancera said the response to the program was an indication of the desire for peace among Mexicans.   Those who turned in their weapons would be given … [Read more...]

Hobby Lobby shifts insurance plan to delay mandate fines

Washington D.C., Jan 14, 2013 / 02:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Arts and crafts retailer Hobby Lobby has found a way to adjust its employee healthcare plan to delay potentially crippling fines for refusing to comply with the federal contraception mandate. The company will now “shift the plan year for its employee health insurance, thus postponing the effective date of the mandate for several months,” announced attorney Peter M. Dobelbower in a Jan. 10 statement. “Hobby Lobby … [Read more...]