Exclusive: Essure victims plan hunger strike in front of FDA during Pope’s visit

Washington D.C., Jul 28, 2015 / 04:02 am (CNA).- Last month, it looked like the thousands of women who have suffered detrimental side effects from the birth control device “Essure” were finally being heard. After receiving a thousands of complaints about the device, the FDA announced June 24 that it would add additional risks and complications to Essure's label. The FDA also scheduled a meeting on Sept. 24 with the women of “Essure problems,” a facebook group … [Read more...]

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How an anti-discrimination bill could end up discriminating

Washington D.C., Jul 28, 2015 / 12:04 am (CNA).- A bill in Congress that brands itself as fighting discrimination might end up doing the exact opposite, said legal experts last week. “The whole thing is an overreach,” said Ryan Anderson, the William E. Simon senior research fellow in American Principles and Public Policy at the Heritage Foundation. The Equality Act has over 150 co-sponsors in the House and dozens of co-sponsors in the Senate, none of them Republican, thus … [Read more...]

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Knights of Columbus unveil new campaign to aid Middle East Christians

New Haven, Conn., Jul 27, 2015 / 08:04 pm (CNA).- As Christians continue to face unprecedented persecution – especially in the Middle East – the Knights of Columbus have announced a new campaign to send humanitarian aid and raise awareness about their plight. “Pope Francis has urged the international community to take action to help Christians in the Middle East, and as an organization that has long supported victims of religious persecution, the Knights of Columbus is … [Read more...]

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Will religious Boy Scout troops be tolerated when ban on gay leaders ends?

Washington D.C., Jul 27, 2015 / 05:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Boy Scouts of America is moving to change its leadership standards in order to allow openly homosexual adult leaders and volunteers. While the organization promises that individual church-affiliated councils can choose their own leaders, at least one critic warns the move will expose churches to further pressure. “This change allows Scouting’s members and parents to select local units, chartered to organizations with … [Read more...]

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High price tags and ugly secrets – how surrogacy preys on poor women

Washington D.C., Jul 26, 2015 / 04:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Women from a poor demographic have become an increasing interest in the multi-billion dollar surrogate industry, with most mothers being forced or coerced into volunteering as a surrogate.   “Surrogacy depends in many cases on the exploitation of poor women, because it’s the poor who have to sell and the rich that can afford to buy,” Christopher White told CNA July 23.   White, who serves as the Director … [Read more...]

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Long-serving Cardinal Baum lived a generous response to God

Washington D.C., Jul 25, 2015 / 11:25 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal William W. Baum, a past Archbishop of Washington and the longest-serving American cardinal, died on Thursday at the age of 88. His death prompted outpourings of thanksgiving for his life and a special telegram from Pope Francis. “As we grieve our loss we also thank God for his ministry,” Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington said July 24. “Cardinal Baum was a joy-filled priest with a firm personal commitment … [Read more...]

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What you think you know about human trafficking is probably wrong

Washington D.C., Jul 25, 2015 / 06:37 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Human trafficking. It’s been called “modern-day slavery” and a “silent epidemic.” It affects tens of millions every year and yet remains largely in the shadows – even within the United States. Much remains to be done in fighting the scourge of human trafficking, say experts and survivors. And that starts with a better understanding of what trafficking really looks like. But while initiatives … [Read more...]

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