NASCAR, Obama, religious freedom: This year’s DC prayer breakfast

Washington D.C., Feb 5, 2015 / 05:16 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Thursday’s National Prayer Breakfast brought together representatives of varied faith backgrounds in the nation’s capital to pray and hear testimonies on the importance of faith. The event included a NASCAR driver’s harrowing story of conversion after a near-death experience, as well as remarks by U.S. President Barack Obama on ISIS and religious freedom, and a greeting sent from the Pope. Former NASCAR driver … [Read more...]

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The irony in anti-discrimination – why Catholic bishops won’t back ENDA

Washington D.C., Feb 5, 2015 / 04:16 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Even with religious freedom provisions added, LGBT discrimination laws are unlikely to draw support from Catholic bishops because they could in fact lead to discrimination against religious groups, analysts explained. The idea of adding religious freedom protections to such laws “might seem to work in principle” but “would be extremely difficult, I think, to make work in practice,” said Matthew Franck of the … [Read more...]

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Controversial or consistent? San Fran archdiocese weighs in on teacher rules

San Francisco, Calif., Feb 4, 2015 / 05:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Archdiocese of San Francisco says that far from being condemnatory, the morality clauses in its new teacher handbook are meant to help Catholic educators understand the richness and coherence of Church teaching – and follow it. “Because we live in a very secular society, the truth as revealed by God gets overshadowed by popular ideology,” Maureen Huntington, superintendent of the archdiocese's Catholic … [Read more...]

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EWTN to appeals court: religious freedom at stake in HHS mandate case

Atlanta, Ga., Feb 4, 2015 / 02:20 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A federal appeals court heard oral arguments Wednesday over whether the EWTN Global Catholic Network should be required to abide by the federal contraception mandate in violation of its religious convictions. “This is about the broader issue of religious freedom,” said Michael Warsaw, chairman and CEO of EWTN, after the hearing. “We have a right to be able to bring our faith to bear on everything we do, on every … [Read more...]

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Palm Beach bishop recovering from brain surgery

Palm Beach, Fla., Feb 4, 2015 / 02:25 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Gerald M. Barbarito of the Palm Beach Diocese is currently recovering from a seven-hour surgery that successfully removed a benign brain tumor, according to the diocese. “To make a long story short, because of a brief period of vertigo episodes in November, I was sent for a whole series of tests of the inner ear which proved negative. My doctor then sent me for an MRI of the brain just to be safe and rule out any other … [Read more...]

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For Cardinal George, God’s grace is bigger than cancer

Chicago, Ill., Feb 3, 2015 / 05:43 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Despite the uncertainty that comes with cancer, Cardinal Francis George, the retired Archbishop of Chicago, says his days are filled with gratitude and efforts to build physical strength. “I’m in the hands of God, as we all are,” the cardinal reflected at a Jan. 30 press conference. The cardinal spoke to members of the media at the Four Seasons Hotel in Chicago shortly after receiving the Gaudium et Spes Award, the … [Read more...]

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What frightens disability groups about Colorado’s ‘death with dignity’ bill

Denver, Colo., Feb 3, 2015 / 05:35 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In many ways, Kari Ann Lucas is living the American Dream. She runs a law practice, has four kids, and is involved in her community. Lucas also has a progressive neuro-muscular disease and relies on a ventilator for breathing.“Without the medical equipment, my life expectancy is measured in hours,” she said. “Not days, not weeks, not months.” Regardless, Lucas believes, “I have a good … [Read more...]

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