Alabama Supreme Court orders halt on ‘gay marriage’ licenses

Mobile, Ala., Mar 4, 2015 / 10:58 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Alabama Supreme Court on Tuesday night halted the illegal distribution of marriage licenses to people of the same sex, setting up a potential constitutional conflict with a federal judge who imposed “gay marriage” on the state. Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage, praised the ruling that state officials must follow Alabama laws defining marriage as a union of one man and one woman. “A … [Read more...]

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Would you recognize ‘Homeless Jesus’ on a park bench in DC?

Washington D.C., Mar 4, 2015 / 04:18 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A statue of “Homeless Jesus” now sits just outside Catholic Charities in downtown Washington, D.C., with the organization’s president hoping it will spur passers-by to service. “My hope is it would just remind us all that there’s a population out there that needs our help and assistance, and that we meet Jesus in them. We meet Jesus in those in need,” said the president and CEO of Catholic Charities … [Read more...]

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Christians by number: What projections are saying about the future of religion

Washington D.C., Mar 4, 2015 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Can numbers say something about the future of Christianity? George Weigel thinks so. Weigel claims the past and present – together with a numeric projection about the future – can reveal something about what might happen to Christianity globally over the next 35 years. The Status of Global Christianity is a study recently published by the International Bulletin of Missionary Research which illustrates a timeline between … [Read more...]

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Remembering Professor Charles Rice, the embodiment of Notre Dame

Chicago, Ill., Mar 3, 2015 / 06:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pro-life leader, Catholic commentator, and University of Notre Dame law professor Charles E. Rice was commemorated at a requiem Mass Monday, as his friends and admirers remembered his “countless” contributions. “A devout Catholic, a Marine, a professor, and a coach, Professor Rice did it all, and always with an abounding sense of humor and purpose,” the Notre Dame Law School’s dean, Nell Jessup Newton, said … [Read more...]

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A global problem: Anti-Christian harassment around the world

Washington D.C., Mar 3, 2015 / 05:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Christian groups lead the world in a sobering statistic: they suffer harassment in more countries than any other religious group. “The world’s two largest religious groups, Christians and Muslims, continued to be harassed in the most countries, and there was a notable increase in the number of countries in which Jews and adherents of folk religions were harassed,” the Pew Research Center said in a Feb. 26 report on … [Read more...]

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How Cardinal Tagle thinks the Church can better reach Asian cultures

Washington D.C., Mar 3, 2015 / 04:54 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Asia poses unique challenges to the spreading of the Catholic faith, and the Church must respond by evangelizing through personal encounters, insisted the leading Filipino cardinal. “We have to admit, even up to now, in some parts of Asia Christianity is perceived as alien to Asian cultures,” Cardinal Luis Tagle of Manila said at a Mar. 2 lecture at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. “It is part … [Read more...]

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Father Hesburgh, legacy-building Notre Dame president, dies at 97

South Bend, Ind., Mar 3, 2015 / 12:16 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The University of Notre Dame mourned the death of its former president Father Theodore Hesburgh, C.S.C., prompting outpourings of appreciation and remembrance for his deeply influential and sometimes controversial legacy. “Although saddened by his loss, I cherish the memory of a mentor, friend and brother in Holy Cross and am consoled that he is now at peace with the God he served so well,” the university’s current … [Read more...]

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