Hobby Lobby granted full court hearing for mandate case

Washington D.C., Apr 1, 2013 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Christian-owned craft giant Hobby Lobby will be able to make its appeal against the federal contraception mandate before a full federal panel of nine judges, rather than the usual three.“Full court review is reserved only for the most serious legal questions,” explained Kyle Duncan, general counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty in a press release on March 29. The Becket Fund is representing the owners of Hobby … [Read more...]

Super Bowl winner looks back with thanks

Grapevine, Texas, Mar 30, 2013 / 11:01 am (CNA).- Faith has always played a significant role in many NFL players lives. In this era, New York Jets backup quarterback Tim Tebow is famous for displaying his faith on the field by kneeling and praying.But did you know that many NFL players spend a significant amount of time praying and worshiping God?Maury Buford, owner of Buford Roofing in North Texas, is one example.Buford was a punter in the National Football League for the San Diego … [Read more...]

Panel urges awareness of global Christian oppression

Washington D.C., Mar 29, 2013 / 04:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Authors of a new book on the global persecution of Christians warned that Americans must recognize the grave threat that is facing the faithful throughout the world.“When religious freedom is beginning to be eclipsed, it leads inevitably to genuine persecution,” said panel moderator Eric Metaxas in at a talk in the nation’s capital.Metaxas is known for his books on Christians William Wilberforce and Dietrich … [Read more...]

Colorado parish dedicates ‘beautiful’ new church

Denver, Colo., Mar 29, 2013 / 02:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Our Lady of Mount Carmel, a parish of the Denver Archdiocese, recently dedicated its new church building which local Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila has described as “beautiful.” “The beauty of it... speaks to the gift of our faith, and that this is a place where the Lord is truly present and dwells,” the archbishop told CNA shortly after the dedication Mass on March 23. Our Lady of Mount Carmel is located in … [Read more...]

Pro-life Democrats call for broad HHS mandate exemptions

Washington D.C., Mar 29, 2013 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- For-profit businesses should be exempt from contraception mandate requirements that they provide abortifacient drugs, Democrats for Life of America argued in briefs recently filed in federal court cases. “Our nation has a longstanding and pervasive tradition of accommodating conscientious objections to facilitating abortion,” said Kristen Day, director of Democrats For Life of America, said March 26. “DFLA was … [Read more...]

DC youth salsa dance for immigrant outreach

Washington D.C., Mar 28, 2013 / 04:12 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A recent Latin-style party in Washington, D.C., drew hundreds of young adults for a night of music, food and salsa dancing that benefited Catholic outreach to low-income immigrants.“We had so many young people there, so many new people. It was a fun night,” Monsignor John Enzler, president of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington, told CNA March 27.“There was an excitement there that we hadn’t … [Read more...]

ND bishop praises new laws protecting unborn life

Bismarck, N.D., Mar 28, 2013 / 02:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop David Kagan of Bismarck, N.D. praised the North Dakota legislature and governor for passing into law three pro-life bills that place stronger restrictions on abortion. “The protection of all human life from the moment of conception to natural death is the primary purpose of government,” Bishop Kagan said March 26. “All persons, including our elected officials, are obligated to unceasingly seek protection of … [Read more...]