A ‘Buzzfeed’ you can believe in – ChurchPOP marks one remarkable year

Denver, Colo., Aug 11, 2015 / 03:28 pm (CNA).- Marking the first birthday of ChurchPOP, a site for shareable Christian fun and inspiration, founder and editor Brantly Millegan said he hopes to build on the first year of success as he moves forward.   “Last summer, I got the idea. And the idea was just to do a website in a 'Buzzfeed' style, but for Christian culture,” Millegan told CNA, saying that he wanted to create the kind of web content that people would want to … [Read more...]

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For Bishop Stika, Planned Parenthood videos show need to cherish humanity first

Knoxville, Tenn., Aug 11, 2015 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The videos of Planned Parenthood officials' involvement in the harvesting of organs from recently aborted babies shows an unadorned evil, but it’s also a call to love those involved in abortion, a bishop in Tennessee has said. “Evil without its makeup — that is the reality exposed in the unfolding series of videos revealing how the unborn life of a baby, deemed worthless by Planned Parenthood while in the womb, … [Read more...]

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What do Pope Francis and Abraham Lincoln have in common?

Philadelphia, Pa., Aug 10, 2015 / 04:58 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Although Pope Francis will be new to the United States, visiting the country this autumn for the first time during his papacy, he will be well-seasoned in American history. Officially announced this week, the Holy Father will speak at the same lectern as did President Abraham Lincoln when he delivered the Gettysburg Address in 1863. The Holy Father will give his own historic speech at Independence Hall during the World Meeting of … [Read more...]

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Archbishop Chaput: Other moral issues not equivalent to abortion

Philadelphia, Pa., Aug 10, 2015 / 04:28 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Of the many struggles plaguing modern society, none can be equated with the blatant taking of innocent human lives, Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia said regarding the latest investigative videos of Planned Parenthood. “Here’s a simple exercise in basic reasoning. On a spectrum of bad things to do, theft is bad, assault is worse and murder is worst. There’s a similar texture of ill will connecting all … [Read more...]

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Not a taxing matter? IRS downplays gay marriage religious freedom threats

Washington D.C., Aug 8, 2015 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Following the Supreme Court decision declaring same-sex civil marriage to be a fundamental right, the Internal Revenue Service said it has no intention of revoking religious non-profits' tax status. Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, who made the inquiry to the IRS, said its statement was “a victory for religious freedom in America and for the non-profit charities, churches, and religiously affiliated universities who … [Read more...]

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When the Senate won’t defund Planned Parenthood, states will

Washington D.C., Aug 7, 2015 / 03:41 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Alabama on Thursday became the third U.S. state this week to withdraw funding from its local branches of Planned Parenthood, after the U.S. Senate failed to bring to the floor a bill that would have blocked federal funding of the abortion group. The decision comes in the wake of a series of undercover videos showing officials from the organization describing the harvesting of body parts from aborted babies at their clinics. Alabama … [Read more...]

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And you shall be like gods – the fierce warning of ‘Ex Machina’

Denver, Colo., Aug 7, 2015 / 03:37 am (CNA).- Much has already been said about director Alex Garland's slick transhumanist thriller “Ex Machina.” It's been heralded as everything from a stellar work of speculative fiction to a complex take on gender roles. But perhaps a lesser known take on the film is its rampant Old Testament allusions that come together to portray a high-tech garden of Eden. For Denver-based priest Father Nathan Goebel, “the whole movie is a … [Read more...]

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