Why one bishop is putting tabernacles back in the center of churches

Madison, Wis., Jan 8, 2016 / 03:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- When Bishop Robert Morlino arrived as the new bishop for the Diocese of Madison, Wis. in 2003, he began quietly encouraging priests to promote more reverence towards the Blessed Sacrament – through more adoration, more reverent Masses, and moving tabernacles back to the center of churches.Now, he's made it official. Bishop Morlino has asked his priests to make sure every tabernacle is moved to the center of each church behind … [Read more...]

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For first time, bill to defund Planned Parenthood heads to White House

Washington D.C., Jan 7, 2016 / 04:42 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After the House of Representatives voted Wednesday to pass a budget bill blocking federal funding of Planned Parenthood, the legislation will reach President Barack Obama’s desk in a historic first for the pro-life movement.“For the first time since America’s largest abortion business began receiving public funding – nearly five decades ago – the president will have to decide up or down on legislation to … [Read more...]

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US bishops respond to gun regulations in Texas and across nation

Washington D.C., Jan 7, 2016 / 03:06 pm (CNA).- As United States president Barack Obama on Tuesday announced executive action to curb gun violence, the nation's bishops welcomed “reasonable efforts” at the regulation of guns and encouraged congressional action on the issue.“For a long time now, the bishops of the United States have called for reasonable policies to help reduce gun violence,” Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami said shortly after Obama's address. … [Read more...]

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Can fear be overcome? A cultural event explores the question

New York City, N.Y., Jan 7, 2016 / 07:01 am (CNA).- It’s not hard to think of a myriad of reasons why people today might be afraid.Terrorists at home and abroad choose seemingly random cultural and civil events at which to gun down the innocent and incite fear in the rest of the world. Economic instability and political uncertainty have brought the United States to a point where presidential candidates are campaigning on the fears of their constituents.But fear is not a new human … [Read more...]

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Executions in the US are falling dramatically. Why?

Washington D.C., Jan 7, 2016 / 03:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Executions in the United States fell to the lowest number in decades in 2015, and recent Popes may have helped spur the drop in public support for capital punishment.“I think that there is continued erosion of support for the death penalty, and that’s manifested across the board,” explained Robert Dunham, executive director of the Death Penalty Information Center in Washington, D.C., in an interview with CNA. The … [Read more...]

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Solidarity is the solution to assisted suicide, California bishops say

Sacramento, Calif., Jan 7, 2016 / 02:19 am (CNA/EWTN News).- California’s Catholic bishops rallied opponents of the state’s assisted suicide law on Tuesday to continue their efforts to correct lawmakers’ “grave mistake.” Though opponents failed to collect enough signatures for a state referendum, the bishops encouraged further work to defend the vulnerable.The petition drive seeking to overturn the bill showed a strong commitment to protecting life “at all … [Read more...]

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Religious freedom group condemns Saudi Arabia’s execution of Shi’a cleric

Washington D.C., Jan 6, 2016 / 05:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. chief religious freedom watchdog condemned Saudi Arabia’s Jan. 2 execution of a Shi’a Muslim cleric as a violation of religious freedom, and called for global respect for human rights.“Sheik al-Nimr's execution blatantly disregards the right to dissent and the right to religious freedom of Shi'a Muslims in the country and, as our State Department has noted and events tragically have documented, … [Read more...]

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