Texas pro-life law takes effect after some portions struck down

Austin, Texas, Oct 29, 2013 / 05:42 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A ban on abortions when an unborn baby can feel pain took effect in Texas today, one day after a federal judge blocked other new restrictions on abortion practices in the state.“The American public understands the importance of this law. Pain-capable unborn children should be protected from the violent act of a dismemberment abortion,” Mary Spaulding Balch, National Right to Life’s director of state legislation, said … [Read more...]

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Nun called ‘the prison angel’ dies in Mexico at 86

Los Angeles, Calif., Oct 29, 2013 / 04:01 pm (CNA).- Mother Antonia Brenner, who married and divorced twice before converting to the Catholic faith and devoting herself to prison ministry for nearly 39 years in Tijuana, died Oct. 17 at the age of 86.“Humanly speaking, this is an irreparable loss, but from the point of view of the mission that she had, I think we have won something,” Archbishop Rafael Romo Munoz of Tijuana said after receiving news of her death.“She is a … [Read more...]

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Fr. Kurt Burnette made head of Ruthenian Eparchy of Passaic

Passaic, NJ, Oct 29, 2013 / 12:16 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Father Kurt Burnette, rector of Sts. Cyril and Methodius Seminary in Pittsburgh, was appointed Bishop of the Ruthenian Eparchy of Passaic, which serves nearly 15,000 Ruthenian Catholics, on Oct. 29. Fr. Burnette will be enthroned at the Cathedral of St. Michael the Archangel in Passaic, NJ, on Dec. 4. A native of Fakenham, England, Fr. Burnette, who is 57, grew up in Texas. He attended Rice University, and then received a doctorate in … [Read more...]

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Marine Marathon participants run for military archdiocese

Washington D.C., Oct 29, 2013 / 04:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As tens of thousands of runners crossed the finish line in the Oct. 27 Marine Corps Marathon, 24 participants completed the race having raised over $25,000 for the Archdiocese for Military Services. Matt Smith, president of the Catholic Advocate, ran his first Marine Corps Marathon with the Archdiocese for the Military Services, and said to CNA Oct. 28 that it “was a great experience,” and it was “rewarding” to … [Read more...]

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Georgetown class requires work with abortion group

Washington D.C., Oct 28, 2013 / 05:37 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A Georgetown University Law Center class offered next spring will require students to work with a lobbying group which a lawyer said is known for its work promoting abortion rights.“Georgetown offers a course that will require students to work with an organization dedicated to promoting abortion and contraception and actively attacking religious freedom,” Carrie Severino, chief counsel of the Judicial Crisis Network, told … [Read more...]

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Becket Fund will represent EWTN, Alabama in HHS suit

Birmingham, Ala., Oct 28, 2013 / 04:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Obama administration’s HHS mandate still compels the EWTN Global Catholic Network to violate Catholic beliefs, its new lawsuit in which both the network and the state of Alabama are represented by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. “Version 2.0 of the mandate is just as bad as version 1.0,” said Lori Windham, senior counsel at the Becket Fund. “It would still force the world’s preeminent Catholic … [Read more...]

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Alabama joins EWTN in lawsuit against HHS mandate

Birmingham, Ala., Oct 28, 2013 / 07:10 am (CNA).- EWTN Global Catholic Network has been joined by the state of Alabama in a new lawsuit against the Obama administration’s contraception and sterilization mandate.“EWTN has no other option but to continue our legal challenge to the mandate,” said chairman Michael P. Warsaw in an Oct. 28 statement announcing the suit.The network had originally filed a suit against the federal government Feb. 9, 2012 and was later joined by … [Read more...]

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