Supreme Court upholds use of controversial lethal injection drug

Washington D.C., Jun 29, 2015 / 08:32 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Supreme Court has ruled in favor of the continued use of a drug that has been accused of causing excruciating pain in several controversial state executions. The 5-4 ruling in Glossip v. Gross was announced June 29. The majority opinion said that “because some risk of pain is inherent in any method of execution, we have held that the Constitution does not require the avoidance of all risk of pain.” The court ruled … [Read more...]

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FDA announces additional risks of Essure birth control device

Denver, Colo., Jun 28, 2015 / 04:39 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After receiving thousands of complaints about the adverse effects of the birth control implant Essure, the FDA announced late Wednesday that it has updated the list of risks and complications associated with the device, and that a public hearing would be held Sept. 24 to evaluate the product. Essure is a permanent type of birth control in the form of tiny metal coils inserted into women’s Fallopian tubes. When the coils are … [Read more...]

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Benedictine monks’ disputed role at Catholic university in Illinois at center of new lawsuit

Chicago, Ill., Jun 28, 2015 / 06:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Seven monks of St. Procopius Abbey in Lisle, Ill. have filed suit against the leadership of Illinois’ Benedictine University, saying that the leadership has denied them their rights to help govern the university their abbey founded. Abbot Austin Murphy, who is also the university’s chancellor and a member of the board of trustees, said the dispute “goes to the very heart of maintaining the Catholic identity” of … [Read more...]

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‘The unthinkable is real,’ author warns about persecutions of Middle East Christians

New York City, N.Y., Jun 27, 2015 / 04:07 pm (CNA).- Growing unrest in the Middle East is causing great concern for the Christian community around the world, and author George J. Marlin is hoping to enlighten Western Christians on how seriously matters are progressing, as their brethren in the Middle East continue to undergo persecution. His latest book, Christian Persecutions in the Middle East: A 21st Century Tragedy, was published earlier this month by St. Augustine's Press, and … [Read more...]

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Marriage has had its day at Court, but religious freedom could soon follow

Washington D.C., Jun 27, 2015 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Friday’s Supreme Court ruling against the traditional understanding of marriage may pose huge obstacles to the free exercise of religion and conscience across the US, the nation's bishops have said in response to the decision. “The free exercise of religion means that we have a right not only to debate it openly in the public square, but to operate our ministries and to live our lives in accordance to the truth about … [Read more...]

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US bishops encourage Catholics to maintain witness to the truth of marriage

Washington D.C., Jun 26, 2015 / 11:15 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholics are called to witness to the truth of marriage despite the Supreme Court of the United States recognizing a legal right to same-sex marriage, the nation's bishops said on Friday. “Regardless of what a narrow majority of the Supreme Court may declare at this moment in history, the nature of the human person and marriage remains unchanged and unchangeable,” said Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, president … [Read more...]

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Breaking: Supreme Court redefines marriage throughout US (Updated)

Washington D.C., Jun 26, 2015 / 08:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a wide-reaching decision, the U.S. Supreme Court has declared that same-sex “marriage” is a constitutional right and that states must recognize same-sex unions. By a vote of 5-4, the court ruled June 26 that states must recognize same-sex “marriages” under the 14th Amendment, and recognize such unions contracted in other states. Justice Anthony Kennedy, writing the majority opinion, said the court now … [Read more...]

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