Crowds in DC urged to continue work of Martin Luther King

Washington D.C., Aug 28, 2013 / 05:50 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Thousands of people gathered in downtown Washington, D.C., on Aug. 28 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s now-famous “I Have a Dream Speech.”King’s words remain with us today, said U.S. President Barack Obama, because they “belong to the ages, possessing a power and prophecy unmatched in our time.”The hours-long event, entitled “Let Freedom Ring,” … [Read more...]

Iran rejects appeal from imprisoned US pastor

Washington D.C., Aug 28, 2013 / 04:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Calls for U.S. action continue after an Iranian court rejected an appeal from Christian pastor Saeed Abedini, an American citizen imprisoned in Iran for his religious work in the country.“The news out of Iran is devastating to our family,” said Naghmeh Abedini, wife of the pastor, in an Aug. 26 statement. “From past cases, we know that the decision to release my husband lies solely at the mercy of the Supreme … [Read more...]

Bishop highlights link between religious liberty, natural law

Arlington, Va., Aug 28, 2013 / 12:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Robert C. Morlino of Madison, Wis., implored Catholics to speak up for religious freedom and for truth after explaining the link between the two at a lecture in Arlington, Va., on Aug. 23.“Freedom of religion is the most basic of all the human rights, because the other human rights are limited to matters of time,” he said in a talk at the Institute of Catholic Culture.“Freedom of religion relates to my … [Read more...]

Joseph Bottum claims fidelity to Church stance on marriage

Hot Springs, S.D., Aug 27, 2013 / 05:48 pm (CNA).- Author Joseph Bottum says that while parts of his controversial article on Catholic responses to “gay marriage” may have been unclear, he did not intend to suggest a divergence from Church teaching.“I'm not dissenting from Church doctrine here, in any way,” said Bottum, who wrote the essay “The Things We Share” in Commonweal last Friday.Rather, he told CNA Aug. 26, “I am taking exception to … [Read more...]

Notre Dame to welcome, help fund undocumented students

South Bend, Ind., Aug 27, 2013 / 11:04 am (CNA).- Citing the U.S. bishops’ support for immigration reform, the University of Notre Dame has announced that it will now accept qualified undocumented students who apply for undergraduate admission.“In many ways, Notre Dame is itself a university of immigrants,” university spokesman Dennis Brown told CNA Aug. 26.“While the legal circumstances are certainly different, we have a long and proud history of educating the … [Read more...]

New York City talks to share Catholic perspectives on art, beauty

New York City, N.Y., Aug 27, 2013 / 02:02 am (CNA).- A series of talks on art and beauty aims to bring a Catholic understanding of the arts into the heart of New York City's Greenwich Village.The Catholic Center at New York University is hosting the Saturday lecture series “The Art of the Beautiful” with the aim of exploring the “nature and purpose” of art and beauty and “their place in the social order.”It aims to reach professional artists in all … [Read more...]

Court: Christian photographers cannot refuse gay ceremonies

Albuquerque, N.M., Aug 27, 2013 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The New Mexico Supreme Court has ruled that a small Christian-owned photography business does not have the right to decline on religious grounds to shoot a same-sex commitment ceremony.Scholar Ryan T. Anderson, writing in National Review Online, said the Aug. 22 decision “highlights the increasing concern many have that anti-discrimination laws and the pressure for same-sex marriage will run roughshod over the rights of … [Read more...]