Iraqi Christians have lost everything – except their faith, nun tells Congress

Washington D.C., May 13, 2015 / 03:41 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Having lost their homes, their heritage and their sense of dignity, Iraqi Christians victimized by the Islamic State feel abandoned by earthly powers, but their faith in God has only grown, an Iraqi nun told members of Congress May 13. The faith of homeless Iraqi Christians is “increasing more and more,” Sister Diana Momeka, O.P., told the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee. Many of the displaced lived in devastating … [Read more...]

EWTN named religious television station of the year

Irondale, Ala., May 12, 2015 / 04:49 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- For the third consecutive year, EWTN Global Catholic Network has been awarded the 2015 Gabriel Award for Religious Television Station of the Year – a prestigious honor which acknowledges the Network's programming, community service, and production values. "EWTN is the beacon of Catholic broadcast television. It is a consistent and true voice of the Faith," noted one of the Gabriel Award judges who participated in … [Read more...]

Despite changes, ‘genocide’ of China’s one-child policy endures, activists say

Washington D.C., May 11, 2015 / 05:17 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Human rights advocates told a congressional commission of the “terrifying” practices of China’s coercive one-child policy and lamented forced abortion as a crime against humanity. “Regardless of the number of children allowed, women who get pregnant without permission will still be dragged out of their homes, strapped down to tables, and forced to abort babies that they want,” Reggie Littlejohn, founder … [Read more...]

Nun asks jury for mercy, to spare Boston bomber’s life

Boston, Mass., May 11, 2015 / 04:26 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In the defense’s final move to save the life of convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Sister Helen Prejean asked the jury not to execute the young man. The man responsible for the Boston bombings is "genuinely sorry for what he did," testified Sr. Prejean on May 11 before a federal jury. “He said it emphatically. He said no one deserves to suffer like they did,” she recounted of … [Read more...]

Hopelessness and heroin – what fueled the Baltimore riots and what now?

Baltimore, Md., May 10, 2015 / 05:17 pm (CNA).- As Baltimore works to recover from riots and protests after the death of 25 year-old Freddie Gray, the Church is working to reach a wounded community with a long history of pain and little hope. Baltimore “is a place of many strengths, a lot of beauty, a lot of goodness, but it also has long-standing systemic problems,” Archbishop William E. Lori told CNA. The city erupted in anger after Freddie Gray, an African American, died … [Read more...]

Virginia bishops on the death penalty: We’re having the wrong debate

Richmond, Va., May 9, 2015 / 04:52 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As discussions surrounding a “more humane” death penalty in the United States continue, the two Catholic bishops of Virginia have released a statement asking the faithful to take a stance against the use of capital punishment in today’s society. “By ending the use of the death penalty we would take one important step – among significant others we must take – to abandon the culture of death and embrace … [Read more...]

Catholic Charities ready to help tornado, flood victims in Midwest

Oklahoma City, Okla., May 8, 2015 / 03:21 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After a series of damaging tornadoes and flooding in Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska, a Catholic Charities affiliate said it is ready to provide long-term help. “People today are showing back up at their homes and finding out that there’s no roof, or that there’s just a foundation,” Sonny Wilkinson, senior director of mission advancement for Catholic Charities of Oklahoma City, told CNA May 7. “They … [Read more...]