Fertility treatments fall short of expectations

Washington D.C., Oct 17, 2014 / 04:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Tech giants’ new policies offering egg freezing options as a work benefit overlook the technique’s “highly problematic” failure rates and risks to potential children, says a leading ethicist in the field. “What the rationale seems to be is you don’t have to stop your career to have your children. You can bank your eggs and have them to use down the road,” said Jennifer Lahl, founder and … [Read more...]

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From bad to worse – religious persecution growing in China

Washington D.C., Oct 17, 2014 / 02:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The state of religious freedom in China is moving from bad to worse, said U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.), responding to a new report by the Congressional-Executive Commission on China. “There’s a huge gulf now” between China and the Catholic Church, Smith stated during an Oct. 9 conference call with reporters. He acknowledged that “the underground church has been brutally persecuted in China, both Protestant … [Read more...]

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Archbishop Gomez’ response to physician assisted suicide

Los Angeles, Calif., Oct 16, 2014 / 11:18 am (CNA).- Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles voiced concern this week over the physician assisted suicide case of 29-year old Brittany Maynard, saying her story fills him with sadness.   “We know that God has a plan of love for every life. But we also know that within his plan, people can find sickness and suffering that seems to have no reason, no justification,” Archbishop Gomez stated in an October 14 column, featured on The … [Read more...]

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Houston carries out ‘witch hunt’ on pastors opposing ‘bathroom bill’

Houston, Texas, Oct 16, 2014 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- City officials in Houston have filed a subpoena against local pastors over a lawsuit regarding a bill that would do away with sex-assigned restrooms. After citizens filed a lawsuit against the City of Houston for failing to accept petitions for the repeal of the controversial “bathroom bill” allowing members of each sex to use each other’s restrooms, the city has subpoenaed sermons and internal church communications … [Read more...]

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No boundaries to prayer for nurse under Ebola quarantine

Dallas, Texas, Oct 15, 2014 / 05:10 pm (CNA).- Catholics in Texas are praying for the two nurses infected with Ebola, one of whom is a devout Catholic in communication with a priest. “It is with profound sadness that we learn of the two Dallas healthcare workers being treated for the Ebola virus after caring for Thomas Eric Duncan, Nina Pham and Amber Joy Vinson,” Bishop Kevin Farrell of Dallas said Oct. 15. “We pray not only for their recovery, but also for their families … [Read more...]

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Supreme Court halts parts of Texas abortion law, but it’s not over yet

Washington D.C., Oct 15, 2014 / 04:59 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Backers of a 2013 Texas law which strengthened health and safety requirements for the state's abortion clinics will continue to support the law as it winds through the court system, following a temporary block of some portions of the law. The Supreme Court temporarily blocked parts of the law on Tuesday, while the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals considers an appeal regarding the statute. A key part of the state law that was … [Read more...]

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Witness through fitness: America’s first pro-life half marathon

Jefferson City, Mo., Oct 15, 2014 / 02:26 am (CNA).- When three feet of snow canceled South Dakota’s Crazy Horse half and full marathons last October, thousands of runners were disappointed – among them, a group from the National LIFE Runners Team. But what could have easily devolved into a weekend of disappointment instead became part of the inspiration behind America’s first pro-life half marathon, slated for next month in Missouri. “We ended up essentially … [Read more...]

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