A look into the rights of child migrants

Washington D.C., Nov 29, 2014 / 04:22 pm (CNA).- In 1999, two teenagers froze to death in the hold of a Sabena Airlines Airbus A330 travelling from Guinea to Brussels. Yaguine Koïta and Fodé Tounkara were found three days after their death among their possessions, including plastic bags with birth certificates, school report cards, family photographs and a letter, written in imperfect French. The letter addressed the leaders of Europe, asking them to help children in Africa … [Read more...]

Chaput: ‘It isn’t possible to be pro-life and simultaneously forget the cries of the poor’

Philadelphia, Pa., Nov 28, 2014 / 04:26 am (CNA/Vatican Insider).- “It isn't possible to be pro-life and simultaneously forget the cries of the poor.” Francis has confirmed his attendance at the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia next September. The Archbishop of the great US metropolis, Archbishop Charles Chaput, talks to Vatican Insider about the meaning of this visit and about how Francis’ message has been received in the US.   Pope Francis has now … [Read more...]

Law group: Iran nuclear deal should include Christian pastor’s freedom

Washington D.C., Nov 28, 2014 / 04:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Advocates pushing for the U.S. State Department to demand the release of Christen pastor Saeed Abedini – a U.S. citizen imprisoned in Iran – remained hopeful after Iranian nuclear talks were extended for six months. “I think it’s important to note that Pastor Saeed wasn’t completely abandoned,” said Jordan Sekulow, executive director of the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ). “We … [Read more...]

What the Church can do about the powder keg of US racial tensions

Ferguson, Mo., Nov 26, 2014 / 04:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Beneath the ongoing unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, are deep-rooted societal conflicts that are boiling over, say local leaders, and the Church has an opportunity to be at the forefront of reconciliation. “This has been a long time in the making, especially the St. Louis area,” said Dr. Norm White, a professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at St. Louis University. White spoke with CNA on the recent violence in … [Read more...]

Washington state matchup: Religious liberty vs. Plan B

Olympia, Wash., Nov 26, 2014 / 02:27 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Washington state regulations cannot constitutionally require pharmacies and pharmacists to dispense abortion-causing contraceptives, said lawyers leading a legal challenge to the rules. “The government has no business punishing citizens solely because of their religious beliefs,” Luke Goodrich, deputy general counsel of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, said Nov. 20. “We’re optimistic that the court will … [Read more...]

Reject ‘false hope’ of violence, archbishop implores after Ferguson ruling

Ferguson, Mo., Nov 25, 2014 / 10:31 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Archbishop of St. Louis rejected violent responses to a grand jury’s decision not to indict a Ferguson police officer who killed a teenager, asking instead for prayer and action to solve underlying community problems. “Since the grand jury received the case in August, we have seen offensive and violent outbursts by protesters, and acts of civil disobedience. Despite our calls for peace, which Michael Brown's family … [Read more...]

LGBT activist leader faces sex crimes charges involving teen

Portland, Ore., Nov 25, 2014 / 12:02 am (CNA).- A founder of the Human Rights Campaign, an influential gay advocacy group that has begun targeting Catholic bishops for protests, has been arrested for alleged sexual abuse of a teen boy in Oregon. Terrence Patrick Bean, 66, was indicted on two felony counts of third-degree sodomy and one misdemeanor count of third-degree sex abuse related to an alleged sexual encounter in Eugene, Ore. with a 15-year-old boy in 2013, the newspaper The Oregonian … [Read more...]