US bishops support nuclear disarmament, Middle East peace efforts

Washington D.C., Jul 2, 2013 / 12:13 pm (CNA).- In a letter to President Barack Obama, two leaders of the U.S. bishops voiced support for continued efforts towards nuclear disarmament, as well as peace between Israel and Palestine.“In Berlin, you recently reiterated a vision of a world without nuclear weapons, a vision that the Catholic Church has long supported,” wrote Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York and Bishop Robert E. Pates of Des Moines in a June 25 letter.Cardinal … [Read more...]

Courage conference to minister to those with same-sex attraction

Bridgeport, Conn., Jul 2, 2013 / 04:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Courage apostolate's upcoming annual conference seeks to strengthen the faith, and the confidence in Christ of Catholics who have same-sex attraction, helping them to live their call to chastity. “The Church finds herself in the unhappy situation of having to say ‘no’ to things she knows to be contrary to the human good,” Fr. Paul Check, director of Courage, told CNA July 1. “But whenever … [Read more...]

Lincoln bishop: strengthen faith to restore religious freedom

Lincoln, Neb., Jul 2, 2013 / 12:07 am (CNA).- The recent threats against religious freedom are an opportunity for the faithful to grow closer to God through prayer, fasting and penance, said Bishop James C. Conley of Lincoln, Neb., in a recent column.“When God’s people start living like everyone else, there is trouble in store,” he said in a June 27 article for the Southern Nebraska Register.Throughout the Old Testament, he explained, we see that as the Israelites … [Read more...]

Hobby Lobby gets temporary reprieve from mandate fines

Washington D.C., Jul 1, 2013 / 05:57 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A district court has ruled that the national craft chain Hobby Lobby may move forward with its lawsuit against the federal contraception mandate without being penalized for violating the regulation.“Hobby Lobby and the Green family faced the terrible choice of violating their faith or paying massive fines starting this Monday morning,” said Kyle Duncan, general counsel with the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which … [Read more...]

After crisis pregnancy, young mom finds fulfillment

Denver, Colo., Jun 30, 2013 / 04:22 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A 22-year-old single mom who chose life during an unplanned pregnancy says that she has found “purpose and love” in the joys and trials of motherhood.“Being a mom is definitely the road to sainthood for me; it requires total self-sacrifice, but dying to oneself through motherhood has only brought me closer to Christ,” Raquel Kato told CNA in a recent interview.Kato’s story spread on the internet last … [Read more...]

Eastern Catholics to commemorate St. Andrew of Crete

Denver, Colo., Jun 30, 2013 / 06:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Celebrated by Eastern Catholics of the Byzantine tradition on July 4, Saint Andrew of Crete was a seventh-and eighth-century monk, bishop, and hymn-writer. Among Eastern Christians he is best known as the author of the “Great Canon,” a lengthy prayer service traditionally offered as a penitential practice during Lent. He is also venerated as a saint in the Roman Catholic Church, where he is better known for his writings on … [Read more...]

Religious freedom groups worried over final HHS mandate

Washington D.C., Jun 28, 2013 / 05:31 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Despite assurances from the Obama administration that the finalized version of the contraception mandate accounts for freedom of conscience, some religious liberty advocates are still concerned.“The final rule,” explained Eric Rassbach, deputy general counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, “is not very different from the inadequate rule that was proposed back in February.”While the final rule … [Read more...]