Death penalty suspended in Ohio as lethal drugs questioned

Columbus, Ohio, Aug 12, 2014 / 02:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Following the controversial botched execution of an inmate in Ohio, using a new lethal-injection mixture, a federal judge has decided to halt executions in the state until January 2015. The ruling, issued by U.S. District Judge Gregory Frost, extends an existing moratorium on executions, which had been set to expire on August 15. The death penalty will now be put on hold until Jan. 15, 2015, as courts examine the use of a two-drug … [Read more...]

Report suggests Planned Parenthood may defraud taxpayers

Washington D.C., Aug 12, 2014 / 02:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A report investigating audits of Planned Parenthood claims to show that the national abortion provider’s practices may have led to the loss of more than $100 million of taxpayer money. Publicly-available audits and testimonies from former employees “strongly suggest that Planned Parenthood affiliates systematically take advantage of 'overbilling' opportunities to maximize revenues,” Alliance Defending Freedom … [Read more...]

Religious leaders urge Obama to help minorities in Middle East

Denver, Colo., Aug 11, 2014 / 05:37 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As persecution of religious minorities intensifies in Iraq, in the U.S. Christian, Jewish, and Muslim leaders have joined together to ask the Obama administration to work “urgently” to end religious persecution in the Middle East. “We see today that there is a great universal danger coming to conquer all of the world, including our democratic civilization, in the name of a very strict, falsely represented and false … [Read more...]

Advocates advise that First Amendment protects school choice

Denver, Colo., Aug 11, 2014 / 02:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Faith-based schools should not be excluded from Colorado's educational choice programs, according to a brief filed by attorneys in a case which is due to be heard by the state supreme court. “School districts have a responsibility to provide the best educational choices for parents and their children without discriminating against religious options,” commented Gregory Baylor, senior counsel with Alliance Defending … [Read more...]

Aid group blasts global apathy to early Ebola outbreak

Washington D.C., Aug 11, 2014 / 09:45 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Warning that the international community neglected the initial outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, a relief agency testified before Congress about the need to take the disease seriously in order to contain it. “(T)he international response to the disease has been a failure,” said Ken Isaacs, vice president of program and government relations for Christian aid organization Samaritan’s Purse. He told members of … [Read more...]

US Catholics organize prayers for peace in Iraq

Washington D.C., Aug 11, 2014 / 12:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholics in various parts of the U.S. have organized efforts to pray for peace in Iraq, especially for persecuted Christians. The chairman of the U.S. bishops’ international justice and peace committee, Bishop Richard Pates of Des Moines, has called for collective prayer for peace in Iraq on Aug. 17 using a prayer written by the Chaldean Patriarch of Babylon. “Lord, the plight of our country is deep and the suffering … [Read more...]

Root fraternity in faith, cardinals tell Knights of Columbus

Orlando, Fla., Aug 9, 2014 / 04:56 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Two cardinals addressed the Knights of Columbus’ States Dinner in Orlando on Tuesday, exhorting them to practice Catholic fraternity and to continue their charitable work. “Do not wait just to do great things, spectacular events that are noteworthy. Love as Jesus did, every moment of every day. Love every person that you encounter on your path,” Cardinal Gerald Lacroix of Quebec said in his keynote address at the Aug. 5 … [Read more...]