New website encourages return to Confession during Lent

Atlanta, Ga., Mar 28, 2014 / 04:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The website GoodConfession.com aims to encourage Catholics to go to Confession more often, and to return to the “life-changing” sacrament if they have been away for some time. “We, as practicing Catholics, need to help our brothers and sisters back to the sacramental graces that come through Confession,” Tom Peterson, president of Catholics Come Home, told CNA March 26. “When we do, the results are … [Read more...]

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Congressmen support legal challenges to HHS mandate

Washington D.C., Mar 27, 2014 / 02:29 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pro-life members of the House of Representatives spoke out in support of the Green and Hahn families after they argued in front of the Supreme Court in defense of their religious liberty rights. "To tell people that their conscience is irrelevant and that they must follow the federal government’s conscience rather than their own is completely antithetical to the American principle of freedom of religion and the First … [Read more...]

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Change in annulment process could lead to ‘grave damage’

Washington D.C., Mar 27, 2014 / 04:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Ecclesiastical tribunals are an essential part of the Church's saving mission -- thus changes to their procedures, including the annulment process, should be considered with great care, Cardinal Raymond Burke has said. Understanding the Church's tribunal system, Cardinal Burke said March 20, "requires an understanding of the service of canon law in general to the saving mission of the Church, and its role in the Petrine … [Read more...]

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Bishops say Cesar Chavez film shows Catholic social justice

Los Angeles, Calif., Mar 26, 2014 / 04:28 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Several bishops have praised “Cesar Chavez,” a new movie about the labor rights leader and devout Catholic, for its portrayal of a man whom they say embodied the ideals of Catholic social justice. “This fine film shows a man of deep faith who struggled against injustice using the spiritual weapons of nonviolence, prayer and fasting,” Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles said March 14. “Cesar … [Read more...]

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Women rally outside Supreme Court for religious liberty

Washington D.C., Mar 26, 2014 / 04:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Women supporting employers challenging the government's contraception mandate spoke out in support of a vision of women's equality that supports fertility and women's role as employers, as the case was argued before the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday. "All issues are women's issues" said Ashley McGuire of The Catholic Association, quoting an earlier statement by Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R- N.H.). "Women are … [Read more...]

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Supreme Court justices divided on HHS mandate argument

Washington D.C., Mar 25, 2014 / 03:49 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments touching on religious freedom and for-profit companies Tuesday, the justices seemed divided over support for corporations or the government. “A divided Supreme Court seemed inclined to agree Tuesday that the religious beliefs of business owners may trump a requirement in President Obama’s Affordable Care Act that they provide their employees with insurance coverage for all types of … [Read more...]

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Contraception mandate case argued at US Supreme Court

Washington D.C., Mar 25, 2014 / 12:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in a challenge to the Affordable Care Act touching on the federal government’s compelling for-profit companies to provide coverage for contraceptives despite owners’ religious objections. Hobby Lobby co-founder Barbara Green, whose business is one of the plaintiffs in the case, said her family is thankful that the Supreme Court heard their case, adding “we prayerfully … [Read more...]

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