The story behind the new LA bishops’ pectoral crosses

Los Angeles, Calif., Jul 22, 2015 / 04:27 pm (CNA).- A sharp eye would have noticed that L.A.’s three auxiliary bishops-elect were wearing identical pectoral crosses. The pectoral crosses are identical to another bishop’s — the Bishop of Rome. “They are Pope Francis bishops,” Archbishop José H. Gomez said in the sacristy of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels after the July 21 press conference. “They were a gift,” he added, explaining … [Read more...]

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Why the Catholic behind the Planned Parenthood videos went undercover

Bismarck, N.D., Jul 22, 2015 / 03:49 pm (National Catholic Register).- With the façade of a fictitious biotechnology company, David Daleiden and his fellow investigators from the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) infiltrated the bowels of the abortion industry at its ugliest. For 30 months, as part of their “Human Capital” investigation, they followed the trail that led to aborted babies whose parts are earmarked for sale, even while their little hearts are still … [Read more...]

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In new video, Planned Parenthood exec appears to joke about pricing baby parts

Washington D.C., Jul 21, 2015 / 11:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Another undercover video released today allegedly shows a senior official at Planned Parenthood flippantly discussing monetary compensation for aborted baby organs, and the alteration of abortion procedures to ensure that the organs are intact. “It’s been years since I talked about compensation, so let me just figure out what others [Planned Parenthood affiliates] are getting. If this [price] is in the ballpark, it’s … [Read more...]

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LA gets three new auxiliary bishops, including Fr. Robert Barron

Los Angeles, Calif., Jul 21, 2015 / 07:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Known for his online videos which tackle everything from the saints, to the “new atheism,” to the latest blockbuster film, Fr. Robert Barron will have a new responsibility: auxiliary bishop of Los Angeles, one of the cultural capitals of the world. “It was with enormous surprise that I heard the word of my appointment last week, but it is with a humble and joyful heart that I have accepted it,” said the … [Read more...]

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US and Cuba re-open embassies – Will lifting the embargo be next?

Washington D.C., Jul 20, 2015 / 04:44 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. and Cuba formally re-established diplomatic ties for the first time since 1961 on Monday, a groundbreaking development advocated by Catholic bishops from both countries and set in motion by Pope Francis. “It’s an historic day, a day for removing barriers,” Secretary of State John Kerry said at a joint press conference with Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez on the re-establishment of … [Read more...]

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Mercy, Justice, and the Gospel of Life: US bishops on ending the death penalty

Washington D.C., Jul 20, 2015 / 12:25 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Two leading U.S. bishops have renewed the call to choose life over the death penalty because, they say, heinous criminals deserve both justice and mercy – their lives too are from God. “As Christians, we are called to oppose the culture of death by witnessing to something greater and more perfect: a gospel of life, hope, and mercy. To help build a culture of life, capital punishment should be abolished,” Cardinal … [Read more...]

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Bible publisher wins permanent victory over HHS mandate

Chicago, Ill., Jul 19, 2015 / 03:55 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A Bible publisher based in Illinois has won its lawsuit against the federal contraception mandate, with a final ruling delivered July 15 by a federal district court. The ruling means that Tyndale House Publishers cannot be subject to the mandate, which was issued four years ago by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). “In America, citizens have always had the freedom to believe, the freedom to express those … [Read more...]

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