Philosopher lauds Pope’s thriving Latin Twitter account

Washington D.C., Jul 16, 2013 / 04:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- With media outlets taking notice of the unexpected success of the Pope's tweets in Latin, a scholar conversant in the language finds it remarkable that so many are interacting in the “dead” tongue. With 123,000 followers, @Pontifex_ln is actually seen by more Twitter users than are the Pope's tweets in Polish, German and Arabic. Not only are the tweets being read in Latin, some users are responding in … [Read more...]

Proposition 8 still applies in California, backers say

San Francisco, Calif., Jul 16, 2013 / 02:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Proposition 8 backers have filed a legal brief saying that the ballot measure defining marriage as a union of a man and a woman still has legal force in California, alleging that state officials incorrectly acted in response to the recent Supreme Court decision on it.“The U.S. Supreme Court did not rule on the constitutionality of Proposition 8, and the district court’s injunction does not apply statewide; therefore, … [Read more...]

Non-profit takes over several Philadelphia archdiocese schools

Philadelphia, Pa., Jul 16, 2013 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Archdiocese of Philadelphia on Monday signed an agreement transferring ownership of 14 former parish elementary schools to an independent non-profit school network that will operate them as Catholic schools.Brian McElwee, chairman of Independence Mission Schools, said July 15 that the initiative was intended “to preserve the unique value of Catholic schools – an academically excellent, cost-effective, values-based … [Read more...]

High levels of pro-life state legislation passed so far this year

Washington D.C., Jul 14, 2013 / 05:26 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The progress of pro-life legislation at the state level this year has made the 2013 the second-best year on record for the number of abortion-regulating laws that have passed by mid-year.State legislators enacted 43 provisions restricting abortion in the first half of 2013, according to the Guttmacher Institute, which support legalized abortion. The group said in a July 8 analysis that this number is up slightly from the same period … [Read more...]

Bill helping Sandy-wrecked worship houses draws praise

Washington D.C., Jul 13, 2013 / 04:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Religious leaders have praised senators who introduced a bill this week which would ensure that houses of worship are not discriminated against when federal funds are distributed for disaster relief. The Federal Emergency Management Agency, a part of the Homeland Security department, has come under fire from inter-faith leaders for its policy which helps all non-profts except houses of worship. “Right now FEMA, which has … [Read more...]

Penn. attorney general refuses to defend state marriage law

Philadelphia, Pa., Jul 13, 2013 / 08:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The attorney general of Pennsylvania has said she will not defend a state law defining marriage as a union of a man and a woman in court because she does not agree with it.Thomas Peters, a spokesman for the National Organization for Marriage, said the action shows that the recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings favoring same-sex unions “set a bad precedent” that will allow elected officials “to not represent the will of … [Read more...]

China, Russia faulted for not protecting trafficking victims

Washington D.C., Jul 12, 2013 / 05:28 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A State department official has testified before Congress explaining that China, Russia and Uzbekistan have not made adequate progress in addressing human trafficking in recent years. “Trafficking in persons affects every country in the world, and no government is doing enough to fight it," ambassador-at-large for trafficking in persons, Luis CdeBaca, testified before a House subcommittee on Africa, global health, and … [Read more...]