Cardinal George returns to hospital for routine care

Chicago, Ill., Mar 30, 2015 / 11:43 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Francis George, the Emeritus Archbishop of Chicago, was readmitted to the hospital over the weekend for planned pain management and hydration issues. The Chicago archdiocese said the visit to Loyola University Medical Center was not due to a medical emergency, ABC 7 Chicago reported. However, the cardinal will not be able to participate in Holy Week or Easter liturgies at Chicago’s Holy Name Cathedral due to his … [Read more...]

History, truth, and politics: Researcher seeks to clear the record on Junipero Serra

Los Angeles, Calif., Mar 29, 2015 / 04:22 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- California missionary Father Junipero Serra’s canonization is “long overdue,” says a university professor concerned that the priest’s history has been politicized and misrepresented. “When he died, many native peoples came to the mission for his burial. They openly wept. Others of his colleagues and even colonists, believed that he would be made a saint, because of the way he had lived his life, a … [Read more...]

Supreme Court rules in favor of pregnancy protection in the workplace

Washington D.C., Mar 28, 2015 / 06:25 am (CNA).- A recent ruling from the Supreme Court to clarify workplace protections for pregnant women will help remedy some of the pressure placed on working women to abort rather than continue pregnancies, pro-life legal experts say. “We’re very pleased to see the outcome here,” Clarke Forsythe, chief counsel for Americans United For Life, told CNA. “There needs to be strong protection against pregnancy discrimination because … [Read more...]

No, Indiana did not just pass a law discriminating against gay people. Here’s why.

Indianapolis, Ind., Mar 27, 2015 / 05:32 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Despite media hype, a new Indiana law is not based on anti-gay discrimination, but on a 20-year legal precedent of protecting the rights of religious individuals and charitable organizations, say religious liberty advocates. “It’s both unfortunate and incredibly dishonest to say the things that they are saying about these bills,” said Kellie Fiedorek, litigation counsel with the legal group Alliance Defending … [Read more...]

Bullets or needles? Death penalty faces new scrutiny as states mull changes

Washington D.C., Mar 27, 2015 / 04:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Firing squads, gas chambers and the electric chair – these types of execution may seem like methods of the past, but some states in the U.S. are bringing them back, prompting a debate about the most humane form of the death penalty, or whether the very idea is a contradiction in terms. “I think we’re at a critical point right now where the myth that lethal injection was swift, effective and painless has been … [Read more...]

Two young religious orders look to expand to Denver this summer

Denver, Colo., Mar 27, 2015 / 02:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Two rather new orders of religious sisters looking to expand their missions have set their sights on the Archdiocese of Denver.   The New York-based Sisters of Life and the Rome-based Missionaries of St. Charles Borromeo will establish houses and begin their missions in the archdiocese by August of this year. In their first expansion to the western United States, the Sisters of Life will send four sisters to begin their mission … [Read more...]

Pope Francis to visit White House Sept. 23

Washington D.C., Mar 26, 2015 / 09:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- U.S. officials have confirmed that Pope Francis will make a stop at the White House to meet with President Barack Obama on Sept. 23, during his trip to the United States for the World Meeting of Families. “The President and the First Lady will welcome His Holiness Pope Francis to the White House on Wednesday, September 23,” said a March 26 statement from the White House press secretary. “During the visit, the … [Read more...]