Shooting over Muhammad cartoon event draws prayers from Dallas bishop

Dallas, Texas, May 4, 2015 / 05:31 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The attempted attack of two gunmen on a Texas venue hosting an event about cartoons depicting Islam’s prophet Muhammad has drawn a prayerful response from Bishop Kevin Farrell of Dallas. “I am saddened by what occurred Sunday evening in Garland,” Bishop Farrell said May 4. “I pray for all those involved and offer a special prayer of thanksgiving for our law enforcement officers who put themselves in harm’s … [Read more...]

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International Criminal Court should step up against ISIS, report advises

Washington D.C., May 4, 2015 / 02:52 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The atrocities committed by the Islamic State require a strong global response, including action by the International Criminal Court, said a prominent religious freedom report April 30. “All nations should care about abuses beyond their borders not only for humanitarian reasons but because what goes on in other nations rarely remains there,” stated the 2015 report by the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom … [Read more...]

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Is Oklahoma’s use of lethal injection cruel and unusual?

Washington D.C., May 2, 2015 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in a case challenging the use of the lethal injection in the United States, following a number of botched executions. Lawyers for three death-row inmates in Oklahoma argued that the state’s three-drug protocol for executions violates constitutional bans on cruel and unusual punishment. The protocol includes the potentially unreliable sedative midazolam. Midazolam was used … [Read more...]

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Six years after Notre Dame speech, Obama’s ‘common ground’ claim questioned

South Bend, Ind., May 1, 2015 / 05:23 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Knights of Columbus head Carl Anderson questioned the Obama Administration’s policies in a speech at Notre Dame University, six years after the president promised conscience protections and common ground on issues such as abortion. “If there is at the core of the American understanding of freedom a principal that can neither be negotiated nor compromised away, it is this recognition that freedom is a reflection of the … [Read more...]

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San Fran archdiocese praises Catholic school teachers, rejects ‘inflammatory’ reports

San Francisco, Calif., May 1, 2015 / 05:22 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Archdiocese of San Francisco has stressed its “greatest admiration and respect” for those working in Catholic education, pledging to take into account teachers’ concerns while lamenting that some reports about its proposals for Catholic schools have been “incorrect” and “inflammatory.” The archdiocese said April 27 that teachers “make vital contributions to the formation of … [Read more...]

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Former Soviet spy: We created Liberation Theology

Washington D.C., May 1, 2015 / 03:34 pm (CNA).- Espionage deep in the heart of Europe. Secrets in the KGB. Defection from a communist nation. Ion Mihai Pacepa has seen his share of excitement, serving as general for Communist Romania’s secret police before defecting to the United States in the late 1970s. The highest-ranking defector from communism in the ‘70s, he spoke to CNA recently about the connection between the Soviet Union and Liberation Theology in Latin America. Below … [Read more...]

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Washington archdiocese lauds House vote to protect religious liberty – but it may not be enough

Washington D.C., May 1, 2015 / 02:44 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The House voted late Thursday night to formally disapprove of two laws which religious and pro-life organizations in the nation’s capital say violate their religious liberty. The passage of the joint resolution of disapproval, H. J. Res. 43, is the first step towards undoing two laws passed by the Washington, D.C. city council in December and signed into law in January by the city’s mayor, Muriel Bowser (D). Many religious … [Read more...]

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