Bishops: Practicing religion in public is not discrimination

Washington D.C., Jul 19, 2014 / 06:49 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Americans must be free to practice their faith in the public square – including business decisions – without being viewed as discriminatory, urged four U.S. bishops. “Churches, businesses, and individuals should not be punished in any way for living by their religious and moral convictions concerning sexual activity,” the bishops wrote in a July 17 blog post for the U.S. bishops’ … [Read more...]

World leaders offer prayers in wake of MH17 crash

Washington D.C., Jul 18, 2014 / 01:14 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Following Wednesday's crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, both religious and political leaders from around the world are offering up prayers, and searching for answers about the tragedy. “Our entire Church prays for the eternal repose of the souls of the innocently killed,” Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk of the Ukrainian Archeparchy of Kyiv-Halyc said in a July 18 statement. The head of the Ukrainian … [Read more...]

Natural women’s health center hailed for affirming life, dignity

Denver, Colo., Jul 18, 2014 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Colorado women’s health clinic seeking to offer natural care that respects human dignity has drawn praise for helping to build up a culture of life. Authentic women’s care “is essential to the pro-life movement,” said Mother Agnes Mary Donovan, superior general of the Sisters of Life in New York. “One of the greatest needs now in our culture is to be able to have collaborative relationships with … [Read more...]

Blogger recounts motherhood as spark that led to conversion

Denver, Colo., Jul 18, 2014 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The conversion from atheism to Catholicism was a rewarding journey full of triumph and trial for Jennifer Fulwiler, as outlined in her recent book, “Something Other Than God.” Fulwiler told CNA that “before we were Catholic, we were caught up in a very selfish worldview.” Although they were not trying to be selfish, she explained, atheism contained “a worldview where the self was the center of … [Read more...]

Millions of African children orphaned by violence, AIDS

Washington D.C., Jul 17, 2014 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Tens of millions of African orphans are in need of support and care from a loving, stable family said experts testifying at a D.C. congressional hearing on the orphan crisis on the continent. “Behind every statistic about orphaned children, behind the pie charts and graphs, there is also a portrait in miniature,” said Congressman Chris Smith (R- N.J.), “a lonely child who is left without a mother or a father, perhaps … [Read more...]

Minn. archdiocese suggests dispute with sex abuse affidavit

Minneapolis, Minn., Jul 17, 2014 / 01:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An auxiliary bishop of the Saint Paul-Minneapolis archdiocese says the affidavit of a former chancellor on the handling of sex abuse allegations is not necessarily consistent with the view of others involved. “Her recollections are not always shared by others within the archdiocese,” Bishop Andrew Cozzens said July 15 of the affidavit filed by Jennifer Haselberger – who was chancellor of the archdiocese from … [Read more...]

Ramadan fasting ban in China draws criticism

Washington D.C., Jul 17, 2014 / 12:06 pm (CNA).- A Chinese province’s ban on the observance of the Ramadan fast among Muslim university students ignores the importance that religion can have for its followers, an American Muslim religious freedom advocate said. “Religion is a fundamental human right. It is a fundamental aspect of humanity that gives our lives meaning,” Asma Uddin, legal counsel with the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, said July 16. “Religion … [Read more...]


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