US bishops met with Obama yesterday. Here’s what they talked about.

Washington D.C., Nov 14, 2015 / 02:45 pm (CNA).- Leading Catholic bishops met with President Barack Obama at the White House on Friday and had a discussed a number of issues including religious liberty, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops confirmed. “The bishops are grateful for this opportunity for candid, cordial dialogue with the President and Vice President of the United States,” the conference said in a written statement after the meeting. The conversation … [Read more...]

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US Supreme Court will hear challenge to Texas abortion law

Washington D.C., Nov 13, 2015 / 03:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Supreme Court of the United States announced Friday that it will hear a challenge to Texas’ safety standards for abortion clinics, in what could be a significant abortion case. Pro-life advocates welcomed the opportunity for the court to uphold the law. “The Supreme Court now has the opportunity to confirm that states have a legitimate and compelling interest in better ensuring the safety and health of women who … [Read more...]

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How one professor is inviting teachers to rethink Catholic education

Manchester, N.H., Nov 12, 2015 / 12:23 am (CNA).- Realizing that many educators don't learn the history of teaching before they begin their career, a professor at the Thomas More College of Liberal Arts has edited a compendium of selections from writings on education, from Plato to St. Thomas Aquinas, to St. John Paul II. “In my experience, educators who come out of teacher colleges rarely have a knowledge of the history of their discipline. This is tragic,” Dr. Ryan Topping, … [Read more...]

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The potential irony of a new health care non-discrimination rule

Washington D.C., Nov 11, 2015 / 04:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Proposed federal anti-discrimination rules could threaten the religious liberty of health care providers and also infringe on the privacy of patients, lawyers for the U.S. Catholic Bishops have warned. “Everyone should have access to health care and health coverage,” stated the general counsel and associate general counsel for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Anthony Picarello and Michael Moses, respectively, in … [Read more...]

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A ‘most powerful woman’ – National Geographic’s major hat tip to the Virgin Mary

Washington D.C., Nov 10, 2015 / 03:45 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Our Lady. Blessed Mother. Virgin Mary. Queen of Peace. Theotokos. Handmaid of the Lord. Mother Mary. These are just some of the titles used to describe the young woman to whom an angel appeared some 2,000 years ago with the message that she would conceive and bear the Savior of the World. Mary has very few recorded words in the New Testament, but her worldwide devotion spans across time, cultures and even religions. In a Nov. 8 … [Read more...]

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‘Be the hug of Christ’ – White Mass in DC encourages those with disabilities

Washington D.C., Nov 10, 2015 / 03:25 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Honoring individuals with disabilities and mental health challenges, Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C., celebrated the archdiocese's annual White Mass on Sunday and encouraged the faithful to embrace, serve and welcome the diversity of the Church. The White Mass, hosted by the Archdiocese of Washington's Department of Special Needs Ministries, drew various caregivers and individuals with disabilities. It was celebrated … [Read more...]

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Knights of Columbus reach $100 billion in life insurance

New Haven, Conn., Nov 9, 2015 / 02:29 pm (CNA).- The Knights of Columbus announced last week that they have surpassed $100 billion of life insurance in force, adding to a year of record-breaking sales. “The $100 billion milestone is not simply a number,” said Supreme Knight Carl Anderson in a statement. “It highlights the fact that each year we are protecting the future of more Catholic families, continuing the mission of our founder, Venerable Father Michael J. … [Read more...]

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