Ahead of Florida execution, bishops renew calls against death penalty

Tallahassee, Fla., Oct 27, 2015 / 04:54 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Stressing that capital punishment is not necessary in the modern-day U.S., Florida’s Catholic bishops have asked the state governor to commute the death sentence of inmate Jerry Correll, who is scheduled to be executed Thursday. “Everyone, even people who have caused great harm, possess a human dignity that is sacred. State-sanctioned killing is unwarranted, promotes vengeance rather than justice, and reinforces a … [Read more...]

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How one US archdiocese is revamping its marriage prep program

New Orleans, La., Oct 26, 2015 / 05:46 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Aiming to provide uniform spiritual and social support for engaged couples, the Archdiocese of New Orleans has made several changes to its marriage preparation process. “It’s such a beautiful way for parishes to serve the people who are approaching marriage,” said Father Garrett O’Brien, a priest of the New Orleans archdiocese who headed the committee that recommended the changes. He said marriage … [Read more...]

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Amid calls for reform, a look at stats – and stories – from the US prison system

Washington D.C., Oct 25, 2015 / 04:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Saul Green wanted to turn his life around. Green was caught stealing out of a subway station vending machine and charged with larceny 24 years ago. After the judge tossed out the case, he was later sentenced to prison on a crack cocaine conviction. Following his year in prison, he found employment as a concierge for three months in Washington, D.C. But when his employer wanted to move him to a security guard position, they found … [Read more...]

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Child migrants’ home countries have only grown worse, US Congress is reminded

Washington D.C., Oct 24, 2015 / 06:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The number of Central American migrants to the U.S. might be down this year, but their problems at home have grown worse, said Bishop Mark Seitz of El Paso before the United States Congress on Wednesday. “It is clear that now that the situation is worse and that over the last year violence has increased in communities in the countries of the Northern Triangle – Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras,” Bishop Seitz … [Read more...]

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Why one Catholic entrepreneur is starting a ‘food revolution’ for the sick

Phoenix, Ariz., Oct 23, 2015 / 04:36 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- When his wife Angela died of colon cancer in 2012, Chris Faddis knew he had to commemorate her life with something big – not because she had died from cancer, but because he had witnessed the shocking reality of malnutrition in his own wife and in other chronically ill patients. “With Angela’s cancer, we knew it was terminal and there wasn’t that much that could be done - except keep her alive as long as … [Read more...]

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US House votes to defund Planned Parenthood, but not without controversy

Washington D.C., Oct 23, 2015 / 04:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Amid continuing controversy over fetal tissue harvesting at abortion clinics, the U.S. House of Representatives voted Friday to defund Planned Parenthood and to reroute funding to community health centers. “Women have the most to gain from congressional action to reroute these tax dollars to community and rural health centers, which provide comprehensive health care services to women, but do not abort the lives of unborn … [Read more...]

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Aid for Syrian refugee crisis falls far short, Congress told

Washington D.C., Oct 22, 2015 / 03:12 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Although numerous countries and organizations are working together and putting billions of dollars into relief efforts, “the scale of suffering has outpaced their ability to respond,” said Catholic Relief Services COO Sean Callahan. “Despite these generous responses, the exodus to Europe cries out that so much more must be done,” Callahan told members of Congress on Tuesday. Over the last three years, … [Read more...]

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