Hundreds gather as pastor’s Iran imprisonment reaches two years

Washington D.C., Sep 30, 2014 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Hundreds of advocates gathered Sept. 25 in Washington, D.C., to pray for the release of American pastor Saeed Abedini, who has now been imprisoned in Iran for the past two years. At the prayer vigil, Abedini’s wife read from a letter in which the imprisoned pastor reassured his 8-year-old daughter that “ Lord Jesus Christ is in control,” and expressed his wish that she “learn important lessons during these … [Read more...]

Bishops find hope for religious dialogue at Palestinian university

Washington D.C., Sep 28, 2014 / 04:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Reflecting on their recent pilgrimage to the Holy Land, U.S. bishops have cited relationships there between Christian and Muslim students as a sign of hope for peace in the region. A delegation of 18 bishops from the U.S. made the pilgrimage to Palestine and Israel Sept. 11-18. “What was really positive about this was the tremendous work being done there by Catholic Relief Services and by the Knights of Malta and the Knights … [Read more...]

Ariz. town urged to stop discriminating against houses of worship

Phoenix, Ariz., Sep 28, 2014 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Local government restrictions in Gilbert, Arizona are threatening the protection of religious speech by limiting signs promoting houses of worship while allowing political, ideological, and noncommercial signs to stand without the same restriction. “Religious speech enjoys full protection under the First Amendment,” noted Eric Rassbach, Deputy General Counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, saying in a September … [Read more...]

On 30th anniversary, Project Rachel looks to a global future

Milwaukee, Wis., Sep 26, 2014 / 04:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After 30 years of providing post-abortion healing and support across the United States, Project Rachel is hoping to take its ministry abroad. “The aftermath of abortion is a universal phenomenon,” founder Vicki Thorn said in a recent interview with CNA. “The symptoms are basically the same across cultures; this is a woman who has lost her child in a traumatic and unnatural fashion.” Founded in 1984 as a … [Read more...]

At UN, cardinal condemns terrorism’s use of religion

New York City, N.Y., Sep 26, 2014 / 02:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Terrorism represents a “fundamental threat to our common humanity” and people of faith must condemn religion-based terrorism, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State, told the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday. Invoking the founding of the United Nations after World War II and the defeat of Nazi Germany, he said Sept. 24 that countries once again “must come together in order to fulfill our … [Read more...]

Bishop, canonist: Gay unions among sins barring Communion

Lewistown, Montana, Sep 25, 2014 / 04:50 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The denial of Holy Communion to a same-sex couple who obtained a marriage license is in line with broader Church teaching on public grave sin and the Eucharist, explained a prominent canon lawyer. The provision that supports this pastor’s action is Canon 915, which “directs ministers of holy Communion to withhold the sacrament from those who ‘obstinately persist in manifest grave sin’,” Dr. Edward … [Read more...]

Boko Haram still a serious threat to Nigeria, advocates warn

Washington D.C., Sep 25, 2014 / 02:37 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The militant Islamist group Boko Haram continues to pose a grave threat to Nigerian society five months after the abduction of nearly 300 Nigerian schoolgirls, a law expert from the country warned. “Boko Haram continues to attack their communities and about a dozen parents of missing girls have already died in the five months since their abduction,” Emmanuel Ogebe, managing partner of the U.S.-Nigeria Law Group, told CNA … [Read more...]