Grandmother, florist may lose her business and home for declining gay wedding

Yakima, Wash., Feb 20, 2015 / 04:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- If you walk into Barronelle Stutzman’s floral business, you’re probably going to get a hug. She puts her heart into her work, from making beautiful arrangements to making customers feel like family.   “The joy of being here for so long is you get to know people personally,” she said in a recent interview with Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF). “I don’t consider the people that walk in the door … [Read more...]

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Ukranian bishop meets with Pope Francis as country’s crisis rages on

Rome, Italy, Feb 20, 2015 / 03:32 pm (CNA).- After meeting with Pope Francis during their ad limina visit to Rome, one of Ukraine's bishops said the country faces a humanitarian crisis in conflict areas and called for dialogue and prayers for peace. “We need support…we now have this conflict, but I think we will have (a) humanitarian catastrophe, because people at that place don't have enough to eat or drink and we need help,” Venedykt Aleksiychuk, Auxiliary Bishop … [Read more...]

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As storm brews, San Fran archbishop strikes back at school guideline critics

San Francisco, Calif., Feb 20, 2015 / 03:19 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Politicians have targeted San Francisco Catholic schools’ teacher standards, but Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone says they are a matter of Catholic mission and common sense. “Would you hire a campaign manager who advocates policies contrary to those that you stand for, and who shows disrespect toward you and the Democratic Party in general?” he wrote in his reply to eight state legislators who had criticized … [Read more...]

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Using God as a cover for injustice is no trifling matter, Pope says

Rome, Italy, Feb 20, 2015 / 08:32 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his homily Friday, Pope Francis said that love of God and of neighbor are inseparable, and castigated the actions of those who give to the Church, but at the same time exploit and mistreat others. Although many claim to practice charity because they write a check to the Church every month, “at your home, within your own Church, are you generous and are you fair with those who are your dependents – be they your children, … [Read more...]

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Metal coils and furious women: The stunning controversy behind an FDA-approved birth control

Denver, Colo., Feb 20, 2015 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Perforated organs, metal coils lodged in colons, fetal disfigurement due to nickel poisoning. Chronic pain, exhaustion, bouts of depression and suicidal thoughts. It’s the stuff nightmares are made of. But these are real symptoms that are being blamed on a real medical device, one that is being protected by the FDA. The device, Essure, is a permanent type of birth control in the form of tiny metal coils inserted into women’s … [Read more...]

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Coptic Catholics consecrate first church in Sinai, against backdrop of martyrdom

Ismailia, Egypt, Feb 20, 2015 / 02:01 am (Aid to the Church in Need).- “The Church in Egypt has been strengthened by the murder of our brothers in Libya.” Such was the reaction of Coptic Catholic Bishop Youssef Aboul-Kheir of Sohag to the beheading of 21 Orthodox Coptic men in Libya by Islamic State affiliates. The guest workers in Libya "suffered a holy death with prayers on their lips. They went to their deaths just like the early Christians,” the bishop told … [Read more...]

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Rise of racism, exclusion in Europe prompts call for action

Rome, Italy, Feb 20, 2015 / 12:49 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Church representatives across Europe cautioned Wednesday against a rise in xenophobic attitudes toward minorities and urged political leaders to stop pinning blame, and start promoting human values. “Simple slogans and cheap propaganda at the expense of immigrants and against the EU may have their impact on some people who are worried about their future; however, they are not a response to the complex challenge of our times,” … [Read more...]

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