Philadelphia seminary plants, blesses a tree for Pope’s day for care of creation

Philadelphia, Pa., Sep 2, 2015 / 02:36 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Responding to Pope Francis' call for Catholics around the world to observe Sept. 1 as a Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia planted a tree on its grounds on Tuesday. The planting of a white oak was done in partnership with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, and was followed by a blessing of the new tree by the seminary's rector, Bishop Timothy Senior. The … [Read more...]

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Planned Parenthood’s CEO validates suspicions, advocacy group says

Washington D.C., Sep 1, 2015 / 11:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Under fire after a series of recent sting videos, Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s (PPFA) CEO Cecile Richards wrote a letter to Congress last week addressing the issues raised in the videos, which call into question Planned Parenthood’s procurement of fetal tissue for research. In a follow-up letter to Congress, the Center for Medical Progress – the non-profit group that released the sting videos – … [Read more...]

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Citing Pope Francis, bishops call on Congress to renew religious freedom commission

Washington D.C., Sep 1, 2015 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Congress has only one month to reauthorize the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. Many human rights activists and religious leaders have stressed its importance, and the nation's bishops suggest the commission would help the U.S. fulfill Pope Francis’ call to protect religious minorities. “Protecting religious freedom is critical to the health of societies,” said the U.S. bishops’ Aug. 26 … [Read more...]

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Ahead of US visit, Pope Francis is popular among Americans

Washington D.C., Aug 31, 2015 / 09:19 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Most Americans have a favorable view of Pope Francis and think he has a message for all the country's citizens, but most also know little about him and aren’t sure news reports about him are accurate, a new survey reports. “On his trip to the United States, not only will Pope Francis get to know the American people, but the American people will also get to know him,” Supreme Knight Carl Anderson of the Knights of … [Read more...]

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Black leaders to Smithsonian: Don’t honor Planned Parenthood founder

Washington D.C., Aug 31, 2015 / 03:20 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- While Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger is sometimes hailed as a champion of women’s rights, she was no savior to minorities and those with disabilities, said speakers at a recent rally in Washington, D.C. “Saviors come to give life, not to take it away,” said pro-life activist Ryan Bomberger at an Aug. 27 rally to remove Sanger’s bust from the Smithsonian’s National Portrait … [Read more...]

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Catholic practice and Catholic faith: a survey looks at the US

Philadelphia, Pa., Aug 30, 2015 / 06:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- What do practicing Catholics believe? A new U.S. survey has answered this question by breaking down the similarities and differences these Catholics have with non-practicing Catholics and with Americans as a whole. “It should come as no surprise that Catholics who regularly attend Mass support the Church’s position in the greatest numbers,” Supreme Knight Carl Anderson of the Knights of Columbus said Aug. 26. … [Read more...]

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Illinois diocese: New policy tells families what to expect from Catholic schools

Springfield, Ill., Aug 29, 2015 / 04:58 pm (CNA).- Cooperation, not exclusion, is the goal of a new parental agreement for students in Catholic schools run by the Diocese of Springfield, Ill., an official with the diocese has said. “We have been and remain committed to partnering with any parents who desire their children to be educated and formed in our schools,” Jonathan F. Sullivan, Director of Catechetical Services for the Springfield diocese, told CNA Aug. 27. “In … [Read more...]

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