Tennessee Catholic groups sue over contraception mandate

Nashville, Tenn., Sep 13, 2012 / 12:40 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Diocese of Nashville and seven other Catholic entities in Tennessee filed suit Sept. 12 to block a government mandate requiring that they provide contraceptive coverage through employee insurance. “It is particularly important for us to file this action at this time,” said Rick Musacchio, director of communications for the Nashville diocese, in a statement Wednesday. The diocese was joined in the suit, filed in the … [Read more...]

Vatican condemns killing of US Ambassador in Libya

Vatican City, Sep 13, 2012 / 08:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican voiced its “firmest possible condemnation” of the fatal attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, which killed four Americans including the ambassador to the country. “Nothing, in fact, can justify the activity of terrorist organizations and homicidal violence,” read the statement issued by Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi S.J. Sept. 13. “Along with our sadness, mourning … [Read more...]

Cardinal Dolan says religious freedom means leaving faith alone

Washington D.C., Sep 13, 2012 / 04:01 am (CNA).- Religious freedom in the United States has historically been understood as allowing religion to “flourish unfettered from government intrusion,” said Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York. “Simply put, government has no business interfering in the internal life of the soul, conscience, or church,” said the cardinal, who serves at the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Cardinal Dolan delivered the … [Read more...]

Catholic group reaches out amid hostility to religion

Roswell, Ga., Sep 13, 2012 / 02:08 am (CNA).- The evangelization group Catholics Come Home says its “hopeful and faith-filled” messages can help combat rising hostility against U.S. Christians. “It appears that the amount of hostility is increasing and the amount of anti-Christian sentiment is growing. At least, it’s getting more visibility,” the Georgia-based organization’s founder and president Tom Peterson told CNA Sept. 12. “We praise God that … [Read more...]

Pope Benedict urges Christians to be ‘builders of peace’ in Middle East

Vatican City, Sep 12, 2012 / 05:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Only 48-hours before his Apostolic Visit to Lebanon begins, Pope Benedict XVI has called upon the Christians of the Middle East to help create peace in the troubled region. “I exhort all Christians of the Middle East, both those born there and the newly arrived, to be builders of peace and architects of reconciliation,” the Pope said at the conclusion of his General Audience at the Vatican Sept. 12. “Let us pray to … [Read more...]

Colombian bishops make Assisi pilgrimage to pray for peace

Vatican City, Sep 12, 2012 / 04:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In the wake of Pope Benedict's call for peace in Colombia, the country's bishops, who are in Rome for their ad limina visit, made a pilgrimage to the Church of St. Francis in Assisi to pray for reconciliation. For 25 years, the Bishops' Conference of Colombia has been encouraging Colombians to pray for peace, in their desire to see the country’s decades-long civil conflict come to an end.   On Monday, Benedict … [Read more...]

Hobby Lobby sues government over contraception mandate

Washington D.C., Sep 12, 2012 / 02:14 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Arts and crafts retailer Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., announced that it is filing a lawsuit against the federal government over a mandate requiring it provide coverage of early-abortion drugs to employees. “We have always operated our company in a manner consistent with Biblical principles, including integrity and service to others,” said Hobby Lobby founder and CEO David Green. At a Sept. 12 press call announcing the … [Read more...]