A tale of two cakes: Colorado’s far-reaching religious freedom fight

Denver, Colo., Jan 28, 2015 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The battleground for religious freedom is currently the soft, frosted tops of cakes in Colorado. Jack Phillips, owner of the Lakewood, Colo., Masterpiece Cakeshop, was sued in July 2012 for refusing to make a same-sex “wedding” cake on the grounds that it violated his Christian beliefs. He and his staff were ordered by the Colorado Civil Rights Commission to undergo anti-discrimination training and to submit quarterly … [Read more...]

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Bishops use Supreme Court case to call for death penalty abolition

Washington D.C., Jan 28, 2015 / 03:15 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Several bishops in the U.S. have welcomed the Supreme Court’s decision to re-examine death penalty protocols, and have called for the abolition of the death penalty. “We pray that the court’s review of these protocols will lead to the recognition that institutionalized practices of violence against any person erode reverence for the sanctity of every human life. Capital punishment must end,” Cardinal Sean … [Read more...]

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Who’s entering religious life these days?

Washington D.C., Jan 28, 2015 / 02:14 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- U.S. Catholics are being encouraged to get to know local religious communities, as a new study offers insight into the potential impact of vocational programs, Catholic schools, and encouragement in discerning. “I encourage everyone to take advantage of the opportunity to visit local religious communities in their own area during the Day of Religious Open Houses, Sunday, February 8,” Bishop Michael F. Burbidge of Raleigh, … [Read more...]

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The dark side of the Super Bowl and how Congress aims to fight it

Washington D.C., Jan 28, 2015 / 04:18 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Just days before Super Bowl XLIX, the U.S. House of Representatives is pushing for a bipartisan crack-down on the hidden menace of sex trafficking, which some human rights advocates refer to as “modern-day slavery.” “Everyone needs to be put on notice: if you buy or sell an individual like a commodity, the law is coming after you, and you can get up to life imprisonment, according to the Trafficking Victims … [Read more...]

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West Coast Walk for Life broke more than one record this year

San Francisco, Calif., Jan 27, 2015 / 05:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The eleventh annual Walk for Life West Coast broke its own records this year, drawing the largest crowd it has ever seen, as well as more press coverage than in previous years. “We had by far the largest crowd we have ever had. The plaza was packed – it looked like a football stadium sized crowd,” Eva Muntean, Walk for Life co-founder and organizer, told CNA. For the past eleven years, Walk for Life West … [Read more...]

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‘No compromise’ – Catholics, evangelicals unite on marriage

Washington D.C., Jan 27, 2015 / 10:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A coalition of Catholic and Protestant leaders has united to call all Christians to an unwavering defense of the truth of marriage, rooted in nature as well as faith. “(W)e affirm strongly and without qualification, following the clear testimony of Holy Scripture, that marriage is a unique and privileged sign of the union of Christ with his people and of God with his Creation – and it can only serve as that sign when a man … [Read more...]

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Princeton professor to pro-life movement: We’re winning

Washington D.C., Jan 27, 2015 / 04:39 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Victory is in sight for the pro-life movement, as technology and rhetoric witness to the cause of life, Princeton professor Robert George told an audience of high school and college pro-life activists Jan. 23. “On the fundamental question of whether abortion is good or bad, liberation or killing, the argument has been won,” said George, the McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University. An estimated 2,300 … [Read more...]

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