Calif. archbishop says pro-life walk shows movement’s strength

San Francisco, Calif., Jan 29, 2014 / 04:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Walk for Life West Coast held each year in San Francisco is an important opportunity for those in the western U.S. to demonstrate their solidarity with the unborn, according to the city's archbishop. “The main purpose it serves is for those who can't get back to Washington for the March for Life, that we're still able to gather all of us together...and by virtue of our numbers, bear witness to the strength … [Read more...]

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Economy dominates 2014 State of the Union address

Washington D.C., Jan 28, 2014 / 10:33 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Economic inequality was a major focus of U.S. President Barack Obama’s 2014 State of the Union address, delivered Jan. 28 to members of Congress and to the nation. The president criticized the economic gap between “those at the top” and those “working too hard just to get by.” He called for the support of “entrepreneurs and small business owners” to help bolster “middle class … [Read more...]

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Super Bowl prompts efforts to battle human sex trafficking

Washington D.C., Jan 28, 2014 / 05:13 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As the 2014 Super Bowl approaches, officials from government and private agencies gathered in Washington, D.C., to testify about prevention measures against the grave threat of human sex trafficking. “In less than a week, New Jersey will be hosting the Super Bowl,” explained Rep. Chris Smith (R.-N.J.) at a Jan. 27 hearing, “and along with welcoming enthusiastic fans, the state also is preparing for a likely influx of … [Read more...]

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Opus Dei bishop showed ‘enormous faith,’ biographer says

New York City, N.Y., Jan 28, 2014 / 04:21 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The upcoming beatification of Opus Dei lead prelate Bishop Alvaro del Portillo brings to prominence a man of deep faith and love of God, according to his biographer. “He was someone who reached out to all kinds of people. He would befriend the doormen in the Vatican. They’d come over and say hello to him. He was interested in everybody,” Seton Hall University professor John Coverdale told CNA Jan. … [Read more...]

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Student debt delays some Americans from religious life

Washington D.C., Jan 28, 2014 / 02:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- About ten percent of those who took perpetual religious vows in the U.S. in 2013 said that educational debt delayed their application to religious orders or institutes, a new survey says. The findings come in the annual report of Georgetown University's Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate, summarized by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Vowed religious had a median educational debt of $30,000 when they first … [Read more...]

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New app aims to enliven Scriptures, boost accessibility

Chicago, Ill., Jan 28, 2014 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A new app featuring the full text and dramatic readings of the Bible is drawing praise from Catholic clergy who say it can help more people read or hear the Scriptures no matter where they are. Bishop David L. Ricken of Green Bay said the app “makes hearing and reflecting upon the word of God easy, engaging and acceptable.” “The New Evangelization calls us to reach out using new methods and expressions and this tool … [Read more...]

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US military expands accommodations for religious attire

Washington D.C., Jan 27, 2014 / 04:18 pm (CNA).- New rules from the Pentagon seek to broaden religious attire protections for members of the armed services, though some critics say that the policy does not go far enough. “Under its new regulations, the military is now more respectful of diverse religious viewpoints,” said Daniel Blomberg, legal counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, in a Jan. 24 statement. However, the new regulations are problematic, Blomberg said, … [Read more...]

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