Kansas becomes first state to ban ‘dismemberment abortion’

Topeka, Kan., Apr 8, 2015 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Kansas became on Tuesday the first state to ban abortions by a procedure known as “dilation and evacuation,” which is common during second-trimester abortions and is called “dismemberment abortion” in the law. Local pro-life advocates say the legislation is an opportunity to save the unborn from a horrific procedure, while providing a model for other states. “Some states have to take the lead. We’re … [Read more...]

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Bishops appeal against death penalty in Boston bombing case

Boston, Mass., Apr 8, 2015 / 04:38 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev stands trial, the Catholic bishops of Massachusetts are asking that he not receive the death penalty if he is convicted. “The defendant in this case has been neutralized and will never again have the ability to cause harm,” the bishops stated. “Because of this, we, the Catholic Bishops of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, believe that society can do better than the … [Read more...]

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Between conflicting cake rulings in Colorado, baker’s livelihood still at risk

Denver, Colo., Apr 7, 2015 / 05:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Colorado agency which punished a baker who declined to make a cake for a same-sex ceremony has ruled that other bakers may refuse to make cakes with messages opposed to gay marriage. Defenders of the censured baker, Jack Phillips, say the commission should be more consistent. “Like the other bakers, Jack happily serves all people but declines to use his artistic talents to create cakes that violate his conscience,” Jeremy … [Read more...]

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Faith served straight up: how alcohol shapes cultural and religious identity

Washington D.C., Apr 7, 2015 / 04:02 am (CNA).- From a glass of beer at dinner to the wine transubstantiated at the Last Supper, sharing a drink has held a profoundly important place in shaping people’s lives through the ages. In fact, according to one noted Catholic bartender, society would be drastically different if it were not for the influence of alcohol on religion and culture. “Alcohol is an important part of how we connect with each other,” said Derek Brown, a … [Read more...]

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Do we really understand Boko Haram?

Washington D.C., Apr 7, 2015 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Boko Haram gained notoriety last April, by kidnapping some 300 girls from a boarding school in northeast Nigeria. But the militant Islamist group had been active in the country for years, killing thousands since 2009. With Boko Haram having now pledged its allegiance to the Islamic State (ISIS), one scholar is questioning whether the West adequately understands the group and how to counter it. Fr. Patrick Ryan has spent a total of … [Read more...]

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Troubled by Indiana reaction, Christian leaders stress gravity of religious liberty

Trenton, N.J., Apr 6, 2015 / 03:33 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic and Southern Baptist leaders called Friday for a recommitment to religious freedom, lamenting the “acrimony and lies” surrounding efforts to protect religious freedom in Indiana and across the U.S. “America was founded on the idea that religious liberty matters because religious belief matters in a uniquely life-giving and powerful way. We need to take that birthright seriously, or we become a people alien to … [Read more...]

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NBC brings stories of the early Christian Church to network television

Colorado Springs, Colo., Apr 4, 2015 / 08:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- If history is any indication, millions of Americans will be tuning into the premiere of a new television series depicting the early Christian Church this Easter. "A.D. The Bible Continues" is the latest project of the husband and wife team of Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, who succeeded in bringing the stories of the Gospels to cable television in their 2013 series "The Bible." Their new 12-week television … [Read more...]

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