Secretary Kerry asks Iran to release American pastor

Washington D.C., Sep 1, 2013 / 07:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has renewed calls for the Iranian government to release American citizen Saeed Abedini, a Christian pastor serving an eight-year sentence on religion-related charges.“The United States respectfully asks the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran to work cooperatively with us in our efforts to help U.S. citizens,” Secretary Kerry asked in an Aug. 29 press release, to “return to … [Read more...]

China one-child policy denounced as violating women’s rights

Washington D.C., Aug 31, 2013 / 04:14 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As stories of forced abortions continue to surface in China, a women’s rights activist is arguing that the nation’s one-child policy has widespread negative effects on the society, particularly its women.Reggie Littlejohn, president of Women's Rights Without Frontiers, told CNA that the one-child policy “is enforced through forced abortion, up to the ninth month of pregnancy. It is also enforced through forced … [Read more...]

Catholic Voices USA names Boston media leader as new head

Boston, Mass., Aug 31, 2013 / 06:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The communications training group Catholic Voices USA has named as its next executive director Scot Landry, a leading media official with the Archdiocese of Boston. “I am very excited for the opportunity to lead the Catholic Voices apostolate and to continue to participate in the Church's New Evangelization efforts,” Landry said in an interview published Aug. 30 in the Boston archdiocese’s newspaper The Boston … [Read more...]

US weighs military action in Syria as bishops call for dialogue

Washington D.C., Aug 30, 2013 / 05:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Top U.S. officials say they are still considering a “narrow” military response to the reported use of chemical weapons in Syria, as a representative of the U.S. bishops urges negotiations aimed at peace.“We will continue talking to the Congress, talking to our allies and, most importantly, talking to the American people,” said U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in an Aug. 30 address.While the option of a … [Read more...]

Bishops’ immigration outreach based on ‘pastoral’ concern

Washington D.C., Aug 30, 2013 / 04:19 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Underlying an effort by U.S. bishops to coordinate messages on the need for comprehensive immigration reform is a profound sense of pastoral care, said an official at the bishops’ conference.“Sometimes (the bishops) are criticized that they're encouraging lawbreaking, but the fact is, these folks are here, and their families are getting separated, and what the bishops are trying to do is change the law so they can help … [Read more...]

Charity 5K takes on new meaning as family preps for adoption

Washington D.C., Aug 29, 2013 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The organizer of a charitable run to raise funds for orphans in China says the event has special meaning this year as her family is in the midst of adopting a child of their own. “God has really opened a lot of doors and moved the process forward for us. The run has been a big blessing for us and even for our kids,” Katie Murphy, founder of the Run for the Little Flowers Virtual 5K, told CNA Aug. 27. When she organized … [Read more...]

US government condemns killings by Nigerian extremist group

Washington D.C., Aug 29, 2013 / 02:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A spokesperson for the U.S. State Department said the United States “strongly condemns” recent killings in Nigeria and an Aug. 10 attack on a mosque reportedly perpetrated by Boko Haram-affiliated extremists.“We extend our deepest sympathies to the families of those killed and concern for those wounded. The United States stands with the people of Nigeria to reject the indiscriminate attacks on worshippers of all … [Read more...]