For children in conflict areas, education is a luxury

New York City, N.Y., Jan 14, 2016 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Children in conflict areas desperately need an education, but violence and lack of funding finds one in four of them out of school.A staggering 24 million kids living in conflict areas around the world are missing out on their primary education according to a new report from children’s advocacy group, UNICEF.That number represents nearly one-quarter of the 109.2 million children ages 6 to 15 who live in 22 countries … [Read more...]

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Can film be sacred art? For one Catholic, the answer is a resounding ‘yes’

Los Angeles, Calif., Jan 13, 2016 / 10:01 am (CNA).- When T.J. Berden and his film crew set out to produce “Full of Grace,” they knew they wanted to do something different.  Somehow, between the time of Michelangelo and present day, a rift had grown between art and Christianity. Once one of the greatest sources for artistic inspiration, the Christianity depicted in modern art was somehow lacking to Berden and his team – it didn’t speak to them as modern … [Read more...]

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EWTN files brief before Supreme Court in mandate challenge

Washington D.C., Jan 12, 2016 / 08:52 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to hear a religious freedom case against the federal contraception mandate, the EWTN Global Catholic Network has filed a brief with the court.“Our brief argues that the government’s mandate and its subsequent ‘accommodation’ scheme seek to coerce EWTN and other religious organizations into violating our strongly held beliefs,” EWTN Chairman and CEO Michael Warsaw said … [Read more...]

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What makes someone religious? Tax forms, apparently

Washington D.C., Jan 12, 2016 / 03:41 pm (CNA).- Since its first introduction, the federal contraception mandate has drawn controversy, with hundreds of employers saying it forces them to violate their sincerely-held religious beliefs.   Now, one lawyer is arguing that the Obama administration unfairly relied on tax law to determine which institutions were religious enough to get an exemption from the mandate.“The distinction they ended up making was simply whether you file a … [Read more...]

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Surrogacy and the risk of forced abortion – Calif. cases bring new scrutiny

Washington D.C., Jan 12, 2016 / 02:22 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Surrogate pregnancy is back in the news with two high profile cases where two different surrogate mothers of triplets rejected requests to have abortions. And one organization is responding by saying the practice is so unethical it should be banned.“The problems with surrogacy aren’t limited just to here in the U.S. – they’re universal,” said Christopher White, director of research and education at the … [Read more...]

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As the Year of Mercy opens, so does this new mercy-themed university

Arlington, Va., Jan 10, 2016 / 04:24 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Only a few weeks into the Holy Year of Mercy and the fruits of the jubilee year are already starting to be seen.Among those seeing these fruits is the Institute for Psychological Sciences (IPS), which recently announced that it would be opening a new School of Counseling for the 2016 year and taking on the name Divine Mercy University.“This has been a long-term project for the institute,” said Jessie Tappel, the director … [Read more...]

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St Louis archbishop offers prayers, donations for Missouri flood victims

St. Louis, Mo., Jan 8, 2016 / 03:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A massive cleanup is left for those whose homes were in the path of one of the worst floods in the St. Louis area in over two decades.“I have been fervently praying for those suffering due to the recent flooding in our city and state. As our region watched the flood waters rise to record heights, so too did we see the damage, loss, and suffering increase,” Archbishop Robert J. Carlson of St. Louis said in a Jan. 7 … [Read more...]

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