Catholics continue to have lowest divorce rates, report finds

Washington D.C., Oct 1, 2013 / 05:14 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Recent studies on marriage show that while their rates of divorce are significant, U.S. Catholics are less likely to divorce than people of other religious affiliations.“Although the Catholic ‘divorce rate’ is lower than the U.S. average it is still a daunting figure,” said the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University.In a Sept. 26 blog post, the research group explained that … [Read more...]

Poverty challenge asks Americans to live on four liters of water a day

Los Angeles, Calif., Oct 1, 2013 / 04:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A project encouraging Americans to live for a few days on the bare minimum of water will help them understand poverty and treat those without clean water as brothers, a water access advocate has said. “If you really want to live in solidarity with the poor, if you want to build some awareness in yourself about this issue and about the importance of the water that you are so blessed to have access to, take the 4Liter … [Read more...]

Cardinal calls faithful to share pro-life message of mercy

Washington D.C., Oct 1, 2013 / 02:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Citing the words of Pope Francis, the leader of the U.S. bishops’ pro-life committee called the faithful to open their hearts to Christ, sharing the Gospel message of mercy and the sanctity of human life. “Only a tender, compassionate love that seeks to serve those most in need, whatever the personal cost, is strong enough to overcome a culture of death and to build a civilization of love,” said Cardinal Sean P. … [Read more...]

New Jersey to appeal ruling on ‘gay marriage’ recognition

Trenton, N.J., Oct 1, 2013 / 12:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Political leaders in New Jersey have vowed to appeal a judge’s ruling that “gay marriage” must be recognized in the state because of a recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court. “It’s essential that a single lower court judge not be allowed to impose her own views of marriage on the entire state,” Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage, said Sept. 27. He characterized the … [Read more...]

Prayer vigils recognize American pastor imprisoned in Iran

Washington D.C., Sep 30, 2013 / 05:39 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Human rights advocates gathered in front of the White House last week to pray and raise awareness for Christian pastor Saeed Abedini, a U.S. citizen who has been held in an Iranian prison for the past year.Jordan Sekulow, director of policy and international operations for the American Center for Law and Justice, told CNA that the vigil’s first goal is to “keep Saeed alive.”“The second,” he continued, … [Read more...]

US bishops join call to end American embargo of Cuba

Washington D.C., Sep 30, 2013 / 04:38 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In solidarity with a recent pastoral letter by the Cuban bishops, Des Moines Bishop Richard E. Pates has voiced support for an end to America's embargo against Cuba, which has been in place since 1959.“We urge efforts to lift the U.S. embargo against Cuba so that greater support and assistance can flow to ordinary Cubans,” Bishop Pates wrote in a Sept. 26 letter to Susan Rice, the U.S. National Security … [Read more...]

Bishops push for conscience protections in government funding

Washington D.C., Sep 30, 2013 / 01:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Leaders of the U.S. bishops have written to lawmakers insisting on the importance of including religious liberty protections and the conscience rights of health care workers as part of government funding negotiations.“Protection for conscience rights in health care is of especially great importance to the Catholic Church, which daily contributes to the welfare of U.S. society through schools, social services, hospitals and … [Read more...]