A voice missing from the synod: faithful Catholics with same-sex attraction

Detroit, Mich., Aug 13, 2015 / 04:11 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- When presenters addressed last year’s Synod of Bishops to discuss challenges facing the family, there was one group who voice was absent – those with same-sex attraction living chastely. So says Fr. Paul Check, executive director of Courage, a Catholic outreach ministry to persons experiencing homosexual desires. At the organization’s international conference, he emphasized the importance of hearing testimonies … [Read more...]

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Colorado court gives no relief to baker who declined to serve gay wedding

Denver, Colo., Aug 13, 2015 / 03:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A Colorado baker has lamented the Colorado Court of Appeals’ ruling handed down Thursday that he illegally discriminated when he declined to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. Jack Phillips of Masterpiece Cakeshop said that in his view the ruling means that the court created an exception to the First Amendment that wrongly affects his family-run bakery. “You’re entitled to believe, but not entitled to act on … [Read more...]

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Latin Americans find post-abortion healing in Rachel’s Vineyard Hispanic outreach

Palm Beach, Fla., Aug 12, 2015 / 04:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Abortion strikes someone on such a personal level that it’s only natural that those seeking healing would want to express their grief and pain in their first language. That’s what Donna Gardner realized when her Rachel's Vineyard team began encountering men and women whose first language is Spanish. Gardner coordinates the apostolate's rereats for Catholic Charities of Palm Beach, and she explained that “The … [Read more...]

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Former technician: Planned Parenthood took baby organs without consent

Washington D.C., Aug 12, 2015 / 11:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The latest in a series of videos on Planned Parenthood features testimony from a former technician who says she worked with the clinics to procure tissue from aborted babies without the mother’s consent. “Basically you just went in there and took her blood, and now you’re going to take her fetus without her knowing,” Holly O’Donnell, a former “blood and tissue procurement technician” for the … [Read more...]

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A ‘Buzzfeed’ you can believe in – ChurchPOP marks one remarkable year

Denver, Colo., Aug 11, 2015 / 03:28 pm (CNA).- Marking the first birthday of ChurchPOP, a site for shareable Christian fun and inspiration, founder and editor Brantly Millegan said he hopes to build on the first year of success as he moves forward.   “Last summer, I got the idea. And the idea was just to do a website in a 'Buzzfeed' style, but for Christian culture,” Millegan told CNA, saying that he wanted to create the kind of web content that people would want to … [Read more...]

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For Bishop Stika, Planned Parenthood videos show need to cherish humanity first

Knoxville, Tenn., Aug 11, 2015 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The videos of Planned Parenthood officials' involvement in the harvesting of organs from recently aborted babies shows an unadorned evil, but it’s also a call to love those involved in abortion, a bishop in Tennessee has said. “Evil without its makeup — that is the reality exposed in the unfolding series of videos revealing how the unborn life of a baby, deemed worthless by Planned Parenthood while in the womb, … [Read more...]

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What do Pope Francis and Abraham Lincoln have in common?

Philadelphia, Pa., Aug 10, 2015 / 04:58 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Although Pope Francis will be new to the United States, visiting the country this autumn for the first time during his papacy, he will be well-seasoned in American history. Officially announced this week, the Holy Father will speak at the same lectern as did President Abraham Lincoln when he delivered the Gettysburg Address in 1863. The Holy Father will give his own historic speech at Independence Hall during the World Meeting of … [Read more...]

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