Jesuit appointed to US religious freedom commission

Washington D.C., Jun 23, 2016 / 05:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom has a new chairman, and for the first time, the position will be held by a Catholic priest.Jesuit priest Fr. Thomas Reese was first appointed to a two-year term as a member of the commission by President Barack Obama in 2014, and re-appointed in 2016.Now he will take over as the chair of the organization, an independent, bipartisan commission that monitors and reviews religious … [Read more...]

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Divided Supreme Court deals a setback to immigration advocates

Washington D.C., Jun 23, 2016 / 12:58 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A divided Supreme Court allowed a hold on the Obama administration’s immigration policy to continue, disappointing Catholic advocates of immigration reform.The Court’s decision “shatters the hopes of millions of immigrants who might otherwise have obtained temporary relief from immigration enforcement under two Obama administration programs,” the Catholic Legal Immigration Network stated on Thursday.With a 4-4 … [Read more...]

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Trump met with Christians – so how did it go?

Washington D.C., Jun 23, 2016 / 10:07 am (CNA).- A meeting with Donald Trump in New York City on Tuesday was intended to answer the questions that some Christian leaders have about the presumptive Republican nominee.But after the event, those in attendance had mixed reactions, with some saying it only raised further concerns.“Donald Trump definitely won over the room, but the bigger story to me was why weren’t the big leaders there?” asked Christopher Hale, senior fellow at … [Read more...]

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In ‘shocking’ move, California churches forced to cover abortions

Washington D.C., Jun 22, 2016 / 04:54 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Obama administration has rejected a challenge to the State of California’s requirement that health care plans include abortion coverage. A major federal budget amendment intended to protect abortion foes does not apply, it ruled.Leaders with the U.S. bishops’ conference said it was “shocking” that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services allowed the State of California to force all employers, … [Read more...]

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The Catholic Church has something to say about your paycheck

Washington D.C., Jun 22, 2016 / 03:51 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- “To defraud anyone of wages that are his due is a great crime which cries to the avenging anger of Heaven.”This statement from Pope Leo XII's 1891 encyclical “Rerum Novarum” is jarring, especially in an economy that appears to have as much to do with Church teaching as spiders do with spelling bees.But the Church's view on wages and compensation has a long history reaching back centuries – and … [Read more...]

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Beware ‘polite persecution,’ archbishop warns

Washington D.C., Jun 22, 2016 / 11:54 am (CNA/EWTN News).- With relics of two English martyrs currently touring the U.S., the Archbishop of Baltimore implored Catholics to follow their example by defending religious freedom.Speaking at the opening Mass of the annual “Fortnight for Freedom,” Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore, chair of the U.S. bishops’ ad hoc Committee on Religious Liberty, clarified that “we are not here tonight to argue a point of constitutional law … [Read more...]

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Now touring America: two English saints who died for their faith

Washington D.C., Jun 21, 2016 / 05:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A relic tour currently taking place in the United States highlights the virtues of two English saints who stood up for conscience and paid the ultimate price.The “Witness to Freedom” relic tour is being held in conjunction with the U.S. bishops’ Fortnight for Freedom, which take place across the nation June 21-July 4. The fortnight aims to stress the importance of defending religious freedom in the U.S. and to raise … [Read more...]

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