Intervene in Christian genocide: 400,000 bring plea to UN

New York City, N.Y., Apr 30, 2016 / 04:39 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Advocates delivered hundreds of thousands of signatures to the United Nations on Friday, calling on the body to declare that genocide is occurring against Christians and other religious minorities.“We’re here at the United Nations headquarters to file more than 400,000 signatures from citizens from all over the world asking the Security Council of the United Nations to declare what’s happening right now with ISIS … [Read more...]

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Brooklyn’s new auxiliary bishop is returning after years serving in Jamaica

Brooklyn, N.Y., Apr 30, 2016 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Diocese of Brooklyn announced with “thanksgiving to the Almighty God” on Friday that Bishop Neil Tiedemann, C.P., would be returning to his hometown as auxiliary bishop after eight years of service as the Bishop of Mandeville, in central Jamaica.“I am grateful to our Holy Father, Pope Francis, for translating Bishop Tiedemann for service in the Diocese of Brooklyn,” Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn said … [Read more...]

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Stories of ISIS victims are emerging, and they’re unbelievably brutal

New York City, N.Y., Apr 29, 2016 / 03:48 pm (CNA).- (Editor's note: This article includes explicit descriptions of violence. Reader discretion is advised.)The stories were graphic, brutal and raw.One account told of a couple whose children had been captured by ISIS militants. When they answered their door one day, they found a plastic bag on their doorstep. It contained the body parts of their daughters and a video of them being raped and tortured.Another recalled a Christian woman … [Read more...]

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How will faith-based partners fare under new White House rules?

Washington D.C., Apr 29, 2016 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Obama administration’s new rule for faith-based partnerships has drawn various reactions: one observer warned they could cause problems for partnering religious groups, while another said the action also strengthens these groups’ protections against government abuse.H. James Towey, the president of Ave Maria University, was a strong critic of the new rules.“They will seek to secularize all faith-based providers … [Read more...]

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What might save us from ‘victimhood’ culture

Denver, Colo., Apr 29, 2016 / 03:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- "I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it."This quote from British author Evelyn Beatrice Hall (often misattributed to Voltaire) might sound rather foreign on many college campuses throughout the country today, who in many ways seem to prefer to be defended from the First Amendment rather than to defend it.Last month, students at Emory University in Atlanta protested that their safety … [Read more...]

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Colo. baker faces ‘re-education’ training after state court refuses to take case

Denver, Colo., Apr 29, 2016 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The lawyers of the bakery owner who made headlines for declining to make a wedding cake for a same-sex wedding is “evaluating all legal options” to preserve the man’s First Amendment rights after the state’s highest court declined to take the case.“We asked the Colorado Supreme Court to take this case to ensure that government understands that its duty is to protect the people’s freedom to follow their … [Read more...]

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Why there’s no freedom without religious liberty

Washington D.C., Apr 28, 2016 / 04:16 pm (CNA).- It is perhaps not surprising that an American priest, Fr. John Courtney Murray, was one of the key contributors to Dignitatis Humanae, the most important document in modern times on the Catholic Church and religious freedom.Together with then-Bishop Karol Wojtyla, another champion for religious freedom who would go on to become Pope John Paul II, Fr. Murray and the Second Vatican Council spelled out the Catholic Church’s support of … [Read more...]

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