Obama administration announces new HHS mandate rules

Washington D.C., Aug 22, 2014 / 10:33 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Department of Health and Human Services issued on Friday new rules regarding its contraception mandate, after the Supreme Court ruled against its application to certain companies this summer. The rules create a new way for non-profit groups to state their objections to the required coverage, prompting their insurance company to pay for their employees’ contraceptives. For closely held for-profit companies such as Hobby … [Read more...]

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Marquette professor recalls James Foley as ‘bright light’

Milwaukee, Wis., Aug 22, 2014 / 10:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Executed journalist James Foley was fearless in his quest to advance justice in the world, and his courage inspired many students at his alma mater, a professor at his former university reflected. “We are a campus in mourning. He was a bright light,” Marquette University journalism professor William Thorn told CNA Aug. 21. The professor said Foley was “offended by social injustice, poverty, and related … [Read more...]

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Ohio archdiocese urges ‘ice bucket’ funds for pro-life research center

Cincinnati, Ohio, Aug 22, 2014 / 09:35 am (CNA).- Chances are you've viewed at least one video this week of someone dumping a bucket of ice water over their head and challenging others to do the same. The now-viral “ice bucket challenge” was started by the ALS association, a leader in funding research for prevention, treatment and an eventual cure of Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).   Sometimes referred to as Lou Gehrig's disease, ALS is a fatal … [Read more...]

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Faith of Iraqi Christians called unbreakable, despite persecution

Erbil, Iraq, Aug 22, 2014 / 04:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Iraqi Christians' faith is not diminished, even as they face exile from their homes and profound suffering, an official with a Catholic pastoral charity has said after visiting Kurdistan, where many have taken refuge. “The faith is the reason for their lives. And despite the persecution, children wear rosaries around their necks and the people do not hide their tattoos of crosses or their medals that identify them as … [Read more...]

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Knights partner with actor Gary Sinise to help veterans

Orlando, Fla., Aug 22, 2014 / 02:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Actor Gary Sinise's respect and admiration for military men and women goes far beyond his role as Lieutenant Dan in the popular 1994 film, “Forrest Gump.” For generations, members of his family and his wife's family have served their country, which inspired Sinise to support veterans for years and ultimately start the Gary Sinise Foundation in 2011. This past year, the Knights of Columbus donated $200,000 to help … [Read more...]

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Detroit mourns loss of retired cardinal Edmund Szoka

Detroit, Mich., Aug 22, 2014 / 12:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Edmund Casimir Szoka, who had served as Archbishop of Detroit and president of the Vatican City State, died of natural causes at the age of 86 at the local Providence Park Hospital. “We mourn the loss of a dedicated shepherd. For sixty years, Cardinal Szoka gave himself totally to his priestly service of Christ and his Church.” “He has gone home to the Heavenly Father with our prayers. May the Lord give … [Read more...]

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Okla. archbishop relieved at return of consecrated Host

Oklahoma City, Okla., Aug 21, 2014 / 04:35 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Oklahoma City's archbishop voiced relief that satanists organizing a black mass in the city returned a stolen Host which was to be desecrated, restating his concern that the event should happen at all. The Host was given to a priest Aug. 21 by an attorney representing Adam Daniels, who organized the black mass. “I am relieved that we have been able to secure the return of the sacred Host, and that we have prevented … [Read more...]

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