Miami archbishop faults rush to blame Catholicism for Orlando shooting

Miami, Fla., Jun 28, 2016 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In the wake of the Orlando mass shooting, Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami has countered another bishop’s claim that religion, including Catholicism, often “breeds contempt” for gays, lesbians and transgendered people.“Christians who support traditional marriage did not kill 49 people. Omar Mateen did,” Archbishop Wenski said in a June 19 homily.“In our confusion and in our anger, we must be careful … [Read more...]

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These photos of a dying nun went viral – and here’s why

Buenos Aires, Argentina, Jun 27, 2016 / 05:03 pm (CNA).- Pictures of a young Argentinian nun – smiling and serene though dying from a devastating battle with cancer – have erupted on social media, with thousands sharing the images and heartfelt prayers.Sister Cecilia Maria lived in Saints Teresa and Joseph Monastery in Santa Fe, Argentina, dedicated to prayer and the contemplative life.She passed away early on June 22 at age 43.After graduating as a nurse at 26 years of age, … [Read more...]

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Supreme Court ruling blasted for pro-abortion bias in Texas ruling

Washington D.C., Jun 27, 2016 / 04:35 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In striking down Texas’ regulations of abortion clinics, the Supreme Court showed favoritism toward the supposed “right to abortion” over states’ interests in the health of women and normal court proceedings, critics said Monday.“The Court has rejected a common-sense law protecting women from abortion facilities that put profits above patient safety,” said Deirdre McQuade, assistant director for … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis ‘angry’ over media slant on women deacons

Vatican City, Jun 27, 2016 / 01:20 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis told journalists on Sunday that he was somewhat angered when reports emerged that the Church was allegedly paving the way for the ordination of women to the diaconate, since no such change is in the works.“The first to be surprised by this news was me,” the Pope said June 26 during an in-flight press briefing en route to Rome following his three-day visit to Armenia.“They said: 'The Church opens the … [Read more...]

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Supreme Court strikes down Texas abortion clinic regulations

Washington D.C., Jun 27, 2016 / 08:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- This story is developing. Check back soon for updates.On Monday, the Supreme Court struck down a 2013 Texas law regulating the safety of abortion clinics, saying in a 5-3 decision that it put an undue burden on a women’s right to an abortion.The case had challenged two Texas regulations of abortion clinics: abortionists must have admitting privileges at a local hospital in case of a medical emergency at their clinic, and clinic … [Read more...]

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Full text: Pope Francis’ inflight press conference from Armenia

Aboard the papal plane, Jun 26, 2016 / 04:54 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- During his flight from Armenia to Rome on Sunday, Pope Francis gave a press conference to the assembled journalists aboard the papal plane. He reflected on his three-day trip to Armenia, his upcoming trips to Azerbaijan and Poland, the role of the Pope emeritus, Christian unity, and the reformation.He also addressed Brexit, the idea of deaconesses, and how the Church might apologize for unjust discrimination toward homosexual … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis says Church must accompany gays, not discriminate

Aboard the papal plane, Jun 26, 2016 / 03:24 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In a wide-ranging inflight press conference on his way back from Armenia on Sunday, Pope Francis responded to a question on recent comments made by Cardinal Reinhard Marx, who said the Church must apologize to homosexual persons for having “marginalized” them.Francis agreed that the Church ought to apologize in cases of discrimination against individuals struggling with same-sex attraction, and referred to the … [Read more...]

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