Lawsuit defends filmmakers in following conscience on marriage

St. Paul, Minn., Dec 8, 2016 / 12:28 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Owners of a video production company have filed suit against a Minnesota law they say could punish them if they decline to film a same-sex “wedding” ceremony or to state their objections in promotional materials.“Filmmakers shouldn’t be threatened with fines and jail simply for disagreeing with the government,” said attorney Jeremy Tedesco, senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, the legal group … [Read more...]

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Doctors warn Australian state against legalizing euthanasia

Melbourne, Australia, Dec 8, 2016 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The government of the Australian state of Victoria is looking to legalize euthanasia in 2017, but physicians have warned of the risk of diminishing palliative care, already underutilized and underfunded.A committee of Victorian Members of Parliament recommended in June legalizing voluntary euthansia   under limited circumstances, after looking at similar laws elsewhere. A panel was then established to advise the … [Read more...]

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Be like Mary – say yes to God, but not halfway, Pope Francis says

Vatican City, Dec 8, 2016 / 04:40 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The contrast between the “no” of man in the Garden of Eden and the “yes” of Mary at the Annunciation was the heart of Pope Francis’ message for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, which he said is an opportunity for each person to renew their own commitment to God.When Mary says “I am the handmaid of the Lord” in response to the news that she will become the Mother of God, she doesn’t … [Read more...]

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‘Unbelievable’ – Persecuted Christian bishops denied UK visas

London, England, Dec 8, 2016 / 03:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- U.K. officials drew strong criticism for denying visas to Middle East bishops from regions that have suffered Islamic State group persecution, preventing them from attending a cathedral consecration.“These are men who have pressing pastoral responsibilities as Christian areas held by ISIS are liberated,” said Archbishop Athanasius Toma of the Syriac Orthodox Church in the U.K. “That is why we cannot understand why … [Read more...]

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Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish now a diocesan shrine in Denver

Denver, Colo., Dec 8, 2016 / 12:51 am (CNA).- Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Denver, Colorado was named a diocesan shrine by Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila last month.According to the archdiocesan decree, promulgated Nov. 10, the designation was made “because of its service to the Hispanic population and with the purpose of promoting their salvation through the rich liturgical and devotional life that it offers to all the faithful.”From now on, it will be known as the Parish-Shrine … [Read more...]

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Ohio lawmakers revive ‘heartbeat abortion’ ban

Columbus, Ohio, Dec 7, 2016 / 04:15 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Citing the prospect of a more favorable Supreme Court, Ohio legislators have passed a ban on abortions once an unborn child’s heartbeat can be detected.The bill was previously defeated twice in the Republican-controlled legislature. However, State Senate President Keith Faber said the bill was revived given the prospect that President-elect Donald Trump will appoint justices more likely to uphold restrictions on abortion.“I … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis: Through beauty, artists make the world better

Vatican City, Dec 7, 2016 / 02:36 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Beauty, under the care of artists, has the ability to transform even the everyday lives of men and women, Pope Francis said in a message for the annual meeting of the Pontifical Academies on Tuesday.Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin delivered the Pope's message during the 21st public session Dec. 6, before presenting the winning artists of this year's Pontifical Academies Award, who are chosen by the … [Read more...]

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