How an anti-discrimination bill could end up discriminating

Washington D.C., Jul 28, 2015 / 12:04 am (CNA).- A bill in Congress that brands itself as fighting discrimination might end up doing the exact opposite, said legal experts last week. “The whole thing is an overreach,” said Ryan Anderson, the William E. Simon senior research fellow in American Principles and Public Policy at the Heritage Foundation. The Equality Act has over 150 co-sponsors in the House and dozens of co-sponsors in the Senate, none of them Republican, thus … [Read more...]

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Knights of Columbus unveil new campaign to aid Middle East Christians

New Haven, Conn., Jul 27, 2015 / 08:04 pm (CNA).- As Christians continue to face unprecedented persecution – especially in the Middle East – the Knights of Columbus have announced a new campaign to send humanitarian aid and raise awareness about their plight. “Pope Francis has urged the international community to take action to help Christians in the Middle East, and as an organization that has long supported victims of religious persecution, the Knights of Columbus is … [Read more...]

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Will religious Boy Scout troops be tolerated when ban on gay leaders ends?

Washington D.C., Jul 27, 2015 / 05:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Boy Scouts of America is moving to change its leadership standards in order to allow openly homosexual adult leaders and volunteers. While the organization promises that individual church-affiliated councils can choose their own leaders, at least one critic warns the move will expose churches to further pressure. “This change allows Scouting’s members and parents to select local units, chartered to organizations with … [Read more...]

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High price tags and ugly secrets – how surrogacy preys on poor women

Washington D.C., Jul 26, 2015 / 04:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Women from a poor demographic have become an increasing interest in the multi-billion dollar surrogate industry, with most mothers being forced or coerced into volunteering as a surrogate.   “Surrogacy depends in many cases on the exploitation of poor women, because it’s the poor who have to sell and the rich that can afford to buy,” Christopher White told CNA July 23.   White, who serves as the Director … [Read more...]

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With a tap on an iPad, Pope Francis registers for World Youth Day 2016

Vatican City, Jul 26, 2015 / 12:38 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has invited the youth of the world on pilgrimage to World Youth Day 2016--and on Sunday he became the first pilgrim to register himself. “Today we open registration for the thirty-first World Youth Day, to be held next year in Poland,” he said. “I invite the youth of the world to live this pilgrimage that will be going to Krakow.”  The youth will be “participating in this moment of grace … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis: Let Jesus satisfy your hunger for God

Vatican City, Jul 26, 2015 / 10:33 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Jesus Christ’s miraculous multiplication of the loaves shows that he offers “fullness of life for hungry man,” Pope Francis said Sunday. He encouraged everyone to offer what little they have to God so that God can multiply their gifts and good deeds. “Jesus satisfies not only material hunger, but the most profound of hungers, the hunger for meaning in life, the hunger for God,” the Pope said in his remarks … [Read more...]

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Vatican ropes in global leaders to fight climate change, modern slavery

Vatican City, Jul 26, 2015 / 06:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Drawing dozens of mayors from major cities worldwide to discuss the link between slavery and climate change, this week's Vatican conference showed how secular leaders are responding to Pope Francis' lead in protecting the environment – and, more importantly, the vulnerable. “The Church has a role to protect the vulnerable, and if we follow the words of the Pope, we actually bring into account those who create … [Read more...]

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