Global report warns of ‘dire’ religious freedom plight

Washington D.C., May 4, 2013 / 04:11 pm (CNA).- A recent report on international religious liberty cautioned that severe threats to freedom of religion exist in diverse communities through the world and should be discouraged through actions by the U.S. government.“The Annual Report ultimately is about people and how their governments treat them,” said Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett, chair of the commission that released the report.“Religious freedom is both a pivotal human … [Read more...]

Six months later, Sandy victims plod through recovery

New York City, N.Y., May 3, 2013 / 05:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Six months after Hurricane Sandy devastated the Caribbean and hit the northeastern U.S., coastal community members continue to struggle through the difficult process of rebuilding their lives. “The recovery is progressing slowly,” Father Richard Ahlemeyer, pastor of St. Camillus and St. Virgilius parishes in the Rockaway area of Queens in New York City told CNA May 1. “This morning I was having breakfast with … [Read more...]

Accused Newark priest resigns from ministry

Newark, N.J., May 3, 2013 / 04:02 pm (CNA).- A priest accused of sexual misconduct against a minor in 2001 has resigned from ministry with the Newark archdiocese, after acknowledging that he violated the terms of an agreement with local prosecutors.On May 2, Fr. Michael Fugee submitted his resignation to Newark Archbishop John J. Myers, who promptly accepted it.Having been removed from ministry, Fr. Fugee technically remains a priest, but may not celebrate the sacraments or otherwise … [Read more...]

Pennsylvania mourns sudden loss of Bishop McFadden

Harrisburg, Pa., May 3, 2013 / 11:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Church and public officials from Pennsylvania are saddened by the unexpected death of Bishop Joseph P. McFadden, who shepherded the Diocese of Harrisburg. “I was shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the sudden death of Bishop Joseph McFadden,” Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia said. “I am grateful that I had the opportunity to be with him over the last few days at the Annual Spring Meeting of the … [Read more...]

Rosary recalls life, love of Mary, says Archbishop Gomez

Los Angeles, Calif., May 3, 2013 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At a youth rosary rally recognizing May as the month dedicated to Mary, Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles said that by praying the rosary, “we're repeating little words of love for our Mother.”“This is what Jesus wanted for us. He wanted his Mother to be our Mother,” he told a group of some 2,000 young people at Cantwell Sacred Heart of Mary High School in Montebello, Los Angeles County, on … [Read more...]

Administration appeals judge’s order on Plan B access

Washington D.C., May 2, 2013 / 05:33 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Obama administration filed an appeal notice Wednesday to challenge a judge’s decision requiring that the morning-after pill be available without a prescription to girls of any age.The Department of Justice is contesting the decision of U.S. District Judge Edward R. Korman on the grounds that “the remedies that the judge ordered were beyond his authority,” according to a Justice Department official who spoke to the … [Read more...]

Bishop calls for courage as ‘gay marriage’ passes in RI

Providence, R.I., May 2, 2013 / 03:56 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Thomas J. Tobin of Providence lamented Rhode Island’s new law recognizing “gay marriage,” using his pastoral letter to call on Catholics to have courage in the face of negative cultural change. “We must continue to engage our culture, remembering that Jesus called us to be ‘the salt of the earth and the light of the world’,” Bishop Tobin said in his May 2 letter. “Without a … [Read more...]