Risque Carl’s Jr ads prompt calls for boycott

Salt Lake City, Utah, Sep 10, 2014 / 02:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The fast food chain Carl’s Jr. should drop its ads featuring scantily-clad models on the grounds that the ads both objectify women and harm men, says a social media campaign asking people to avoid the chain. “They are just pushing the boundaries, and they are doing it blatantly,” Lexie Kite, co-founder of Beauty Redefined, said of the fast food company. “They are only getting more and more sexually … [Read more...]

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Promoting religious freedom is ‘root’ of Middle East peace

Washington D.C., Sep 9, 2014 / 04:29 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Encouraging robust religious freedom is a critical foundation for peace and stability in the Middle East, said panelists discussing the ongoing violence facing Christians in the region. “If you don’t have religious freedom, you’re not going to have a stable democracy, you’re not going to have stable growth,” said Dr. Tom Farr, director of the Religious Freedom Project at Georgetown University’s … [Read more...]

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Obama Administration moves forward in challenging Little Sisters

Washington D.C., Sep 9, 2014 / 03:34 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Obama Administration has announced that it will continue its legal fight against the Little Sisters of the Poor over the contraception mandate, which religious liberty advocates say is still unconscionable. “Merely offering the Little Sisters a different way to violate their religion does not ease their conscience,” said Adele Keim, counsel at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which is representing the Little … [Read more...]

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Founder: Catholic Studies programs help colleges fulfill call to faithfulness

St. Paul, Minn., Sep 8, 2014 / 06:03 pm (CNA).- University-level Catholic Studies programs are an essential response to the increasingly fragmented college experience, said the man who founded the first such program 20 years ago. “At the heart of Catholic Studies has been the encounter not merely with a set of texts, but with living Catholic minds who share in that gaudium de veritate, that joy in the truth at the heart of the life of a university, properly understood,” Dr. Don … [Read more...]

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Official prayer, image for World Meeting of Families released

Philadelphia, Pa., Sep 8, 2014 / 04:14 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The official prayer and image for the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia next year have been released to aid pilgrims in spiritual preparation for the upcoming event. “The prayer and iconic image will inspire everyone as we continue to prepare for the 2015 World Meeting of Families,” said Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia as he unveiled the prayer and image at a Sept. 7 Mass. “With their focus … [Read more...]

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San Diego diocese mourns death of Bishop Cirilo Flores

San Diego, Calif., Sep 8, 2014 / 12:23 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Cirilo Flores of San Diego passed away the afternoon of Saturday, Sept. 6, at the city's Nazareth House, accompanied family and friends. Bishop Flores was 66 years old. He suffered a stroke in April, and as he continued dealing with its effects, his diocese announced Aug. 25 that he was also undergoing treatment for prostate cancer. The Diocese of San Diego has asked that both Bishop Flores and his family be remembered … [Read more...]

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Church serves women ‘the rest of the world has left behind’

Washington D.C., Sep 7, 2014 / 04:32 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Recent claims that the Catholic Church disregards women fail to acknowledge the Church’s critical work to support women and families around the world, say leaders in medicine, academia and global relief work. “Anyone who thinks that the Catholic Church doesn’t support women doesn’t know much about the Church, its mission and its presence around the world,” said Joan Rosenhauer, Executive Vice President of … [Read more...]

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