Twenty years after bombing, Oklahoma City archbishop calls for mercy to temper justice

Oklahoma City, Okla., Apr 20, 2015 / 04:13 pm (CNA).- As the Oklahoma City community continues to heal two decades after the horrific bombing that claimed the lives of 168 people, Archbishop Paul S. Coakley said he hopes people find mercy as well as justice in response to unspeakable acts of violence. “The demand for vengeance diminishes all of us,” he said in a column for Sooner Catholic. Archbishop Coakley said that like most Americans, he remembers where he was the day of … [Read more...]

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New San Diego bishop: Don’t remove Junipero Serra from US Capitol

San Diego, Calif., Apr 20, 2015 / 10:30 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Robert McElroy, the new head of the San Diego diocese, has criticized a proposal to remove the statue of pioneering California missionary and soon-to-be saint Father Junipero Serra from the U.S. Capitol. Bishop McElroy told journalists on Wednesday that Fr. Serra is a “foundational figure” of California history. He noted that Fr. Serra is one of the few Hispanics honored in the U.S. Capitol and represents a state … [Read more...]

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International religious freedom bill hopes to fight terrorism, promote security

Washington D.C., Apr 19, 2015 / 04:45 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A bill boosting promotion of religious freedom abroad could deter terror groups like ISIS, protect vulnerable minorities and foster global security, advocates say. The bill is “an important first step in improving the ability of our nation to advance religious freedom globally,” stated Bishop Oscar Cantu of Las Cruces, chair of the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace, in an April 10 letter to … [Read more...]

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HHS mandate loses again: Supreme Court order protects Pennsylvania Catholic groups

Washington D.C., Apr 18, 2015 / 04:25 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. Supreme Court has continued its trend of decisions stopping enforcement of a federal contraception mandate against religious employers with moral objections. On April 15, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito issued an order barring the federal government from enforcing the mandate against Catholic Charities affiliates, Catholic schools and social service organizations in the dioceses of Erie and Pittsburgh. “Every time … [Read more...]

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National outpouring of love, prayers for Cardinal George

Chicago, Ill., Apr 17, 2015 / 04:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The death of Cardinal Francis E. George of Chicago on April 17 was met with an outpouring of prayer, as well as gratitude for the life and service of the prominent Church leader. Archbishop Blase Cupich, who currently heads the Chicago archdiocese, remembered his “beloved” predecessor in a press conference shortly after the news was announced. Around the United States, other bishops and Catholic organizations also offered … [Read more...]

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BREAKING: Cardinal Francis George of Chicago dies at 78

Chicago, Ill., Apr 17, 2015 / 12:20 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Francis George, the Emeritus Archbishop of Chicago, passed away Friday morning after a long batter with cancer. Archbishop Blase Cupich, who currently heads the archdiocese, remembered Cardinal George as “a man of peace, tenacity and courage.” At an April 17 press conference, Archbishop Cupich lauded the cardinal for his bravery in overcoming challenges, which included a battle with polio as a teenager that left … [Read more...]

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Anti-Cordileone ad misrepresents Catholicism, archdiocese says

San Francisco, Calif., Apr 17, 2015 / 04:13 am (CNA).- A group of Catholics promoting a full-page advertisement asking Pope Francis to remove Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone don’t represent San Francisco Catholics and misrepresent the facts, the archdiocese has said. “The advertisement is a misrepresentation of Catholic teaching, a misrepresentation of the nature of the (archdiocese’s) teacher contract, and a misrepresentation of the spirit of the archbishop,” the San … [Read more...]

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