Breaking: Supreme Court redefines marriage throughout US (Updated)

Washington D.C., Jun 26, 2015 / 08:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a wide-reaching decision, the U.S. Supreme Court has declared that same-sex “marriage” is a constitutional right and that states must recognize same-sex unions. By a vote of 5-4, the court ruled June 26 that states must recognize same-sex “marriages” under the 14th Amendment, and recognize such unions contracted in other states. Justice Anthony Kennedy, writing the majority opinion, said the court now … [Read more...]

Assisted suicide bill stalls in California legislature, but pressure continues

Sacramento, Calif., Jun 26, 2015 / 06:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- An assisted suicide bill in California has been temporarily pulled from a key committee in the state legislature, but its opponents say more work is necessary to sway legislators against it. Bill opponent Californians Against Assisted Suicide said the move was only “a brief respite.” “We know that the death promoters are committed to use every avenue they can, the media, the courts, the legislature,” the … [Read more...]

Fathers play on Father’s Day: The priests of two Nebraska dioceses face off in softball game

Omaha, Neb., Jun 26, 2015 / 03:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In the state that’s home to the College World Series, a new kind of series came to town on Father’s Day. Priests from two of Nebraska’s three Catholic dioceses – the Diocese of Lincoln and the Archdiocese of Omaha – played each other in a softball game Sunday afternoon in an effort to raise awareness for vocations and to honor both spiritual and natural fathers. The game, dubbed the “I-80 Collar … [Read more...]

Congress combats targeting of traditional marriage advocates

Washington D.C., Jun 26, 2015 / 12:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A new bill protecting the religious liberty of traditional marriage advocates has the support of two leading U.S. bishops. But will the First Amendment Defense Act be enough to stem the rising tide of anti-discrimination lawsuits across the nation? The First Amendment Defense Act establishes protections – largely regarding federal taxes and benefits – for individuals and organizations who conscientiously believe that … [Read more...]

Pope exhorts future Vatican diplomats to bring Christ’s face to the world

Vatican City, Jun 25, 2015 / 05:15 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis told the graduating class of Holy See ambassadors on Thursday that their main mission is to be Christ’s representatives to the world. “It is not possible to represent someone without reflecting their features, without evoking their face,” he said June 25 at the Vatican's Consistory Hall. What does the face of Christ look like in the world? Truth and love, the Holy Father said. “Jesus said, … [Read more...]

For Archbishop Chaput, Vatican synod, Philly family meeting providentially linked

Vatican City, Jun 25, 2015 / 03:31 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia sees a providential link between September’s World Meeting of Families and October’s Synod on the Family. As a participant in both, he says the fresh experience from Philadelphia will be on his mind as he enters the Vatican Synod hall mere weeks later. "I’m blessed with the opportunity of going to the Synod, and (the World Meeting of Families) is certainly going to impact … [Read more...]

California legislators renew push against Junipero Serra, saint and Hispanic ‘founding father’

Sacramento, Calif., Jun 25, 2015 / 02:37 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A statue of Franciscan missionary and saint-to-be Father Junipero Serra has stood in the U.S. Capitol since 1931, but its future may depend on an upcoming hearing in the California legislature and the success of a “Let's Save Serra” campaign. The legislature could vote to remove the priest’s statue and replace it with a statue of astronaut Sally Ride, the first American woman to travel to space. On June 30, … [Read more...]