US House reapproves religious freedom commission

Washington D.C., Jul 12, 2014 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. House of Representatives voted to reauthorize the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom on Tuesday, with commission supporters urging more attention to religious persecution. “Given the state of religious freedom abroad today, the sobering reality is that the commission’s voice is as needed as it has ever been,” U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) said in a July 8 statement. He said that the … [Read more...]

Engage world with Catholic principles, author says

Denver, Colo., Jul 12, 2014 / 06:02 am (CNA).- Catholic involvement in civic life is necessary to defend human dignity and move society in a positive direction, says the author of a new book on Catholics principles in public life. “If we want a free, just and virtuous society that upholds the common good and the dignity of all human beings, then we have to be involved in shaping moral social policy. That takes being involved in the political process,” Sheila Liaugminas told … [Read more...]

Hobby Lobby ruling aids Michigan woman’s lawsuit

Ann Arbor, Mich., Jul 11, 2014 / 04:28 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Following the Hobby Lobby decision upholding religious freedom, a woman business owner has secured a court injunction against the HHS mandate requiring coverage for contraceptives and abortifacient drugs. Karen Mersino, who co-owns Mersino Management Company with her husband in Michigan, welcomed the ruling. “It’s a real win for religious freedom,” she said July 10. The July 9 injunction from the U.S. Court of … [Read more...]

Catholics in Holy Land pray for peace, reconciliation

Jerusalem, Israel, Jul 11, 2014 / 02:29 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Under the back and forth of Israeli airstrikes and Hamas rockets, concerned Catholic migrants from India are praying for peace in the Holy Land. “So far, the migrants are safe and no casualties have been reported,” Fr. Tojy Jose, OFM, head of the Indian Chaplaincy in the Holy Land, told CNA July 11. “Migrants and tourists are apprehensive about the current situation, especially the newly arrived ones: for them … [Read more...]

Archbishop: government frustrates pastoral care for child migrants

Los Angeles, Calif., Jul 11, 2014 / 02:13 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- U.S. authorities are working poorly with Catholic efforts to provide pastoral care to underage immigrants detained near Los Angeles, the city's archbishop, Jose Gomez, wrote on Thursday. “Our Church has been trying to respond to this situation in a spirit of cooperation and generosity,” Archbishop Gomez said in his July 10 column at The Tidings. “So far, it has been frustrating trying to find ways to work … [Read more...]

Catholics, Jews and Muslims sign peace statement in Colombia

Bogotá, Colombia, Jul 11, 2014 / 12:21 pm (CNA).- Catholic, Jewish and Muslim representatives in Colombia have signed a historic joint statement for peace in a July 1 ceremony at the residence of the Archbishop of Bogota. Cardinal Ruben Salazar Gomez, Rabbi Alfredo Goldschmidt, and Sheik Ahmad Tayel led the ceremony which included prayer, song and the presentation of commemorative plaques. The three representatives concluded the event with the signing of an inter-religious declaration for … [Read more...]

Colo. ‘gay marriage’ ruling misinterprets marriage, bishops say

Denver, Colo., Jul 11, 2014 / 10:19 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A court decision advancing “gay marriage” in Colorado undercuts truth and helps erode the family in society, the state’s bishops have said. On Thursday, Adams County District Court Judge C. Scott Crabtree ruled that Colorado’s marriage amendment was unconstitutional, claiming it “bears no rational relationship to any conceivable government interest.” The bishops said the July 10 ruling … [Read more...]