Supreme Court upholds freedom to pray at public meetings

Washington D.C., May 5, 2014 / 04:38 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. Supreme Court on May 5 upheld the practice of voluntary prayer before public meetings by a 5-4 ruling, drawing praise from those who said such prayers are a long American tradition that avoids censoring religion. “Opening public meetings with prayer is a cherished freedom that the authors of the Constitution themselves practiced,” Alliance Defending Freedom senior counsel David Cortman said May 5. “Speech … [Read more...]

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New bishop named for US Chaldean eparchy

Detroit, Mich., May 5, 2014 / 03:51 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has named a Chaldean Catholic priest in Michigan as the next bishop of the Detroit-based Eparchy of St. Thomas the Apostle. Father Frank Kalabat, a priest born in Kuwait in 1970, will succeed the retiring Bishop Ibrahim Namo Ibrahim. Bishop-designate Kalabat presently heads the St. Thomas Chaldean Catholic Parish in West Bloomfield, Mich. He also directs the Eparchial Centre for Vocations. He previously served as the … [Read more...]

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Pope receives sculpture of newly canonized ‘Apostle of Brazil’

Madrid, Spain, May 5, 2014 / 12:33 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Diocese of La Laguna on the Spanish island of Tenerife has sent Pope Francis a bronze sculpture of St. Jose of Anchieta to celebrate the Jesuit saint’s recent canonization. Known as the “Apostle of Brazil,” St. Jose of Anchieta was born on Tenerife, which is part of the Canary Islands and is territory that belongs to Spain. The sculpture was created in 1980 by Spanish artist Enrique Cejas Zaldivar. Pope … [Read more...]

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Pope: follow God for pure intentions rather than personal gain

Vatican City, May 5, 2014 / 07:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his daily Mass Pope Francis warned against those who use their faith vainly in order to obtain power or money, and prayed that all might have the grace to follow the Lord out of love. “In the Church there are climbers, people driven by ambition! There are many of them!” the Pope stated in his May 5 daily homily, “But if you like climbing go to the mountains and climb them: it is healthier!” Addressing … [Read more...]

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UK rules exclude pro-life medical professionals from diploma

London, England, May 4, 2014 / 03:41 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- U.K. requirements that medical professionals seeking a specialist diploma must be willing to prescribe contraception and abortion-causing drugs have sparked objections from those excluded due to their moral beliefs. “These rules exclude professionals who are unwilling to prescribe contraceptives and abortifacients on moral and conscientious grounds from specializing in an important area of clinical practice,” Victoria … [Read more...]

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Italy’s March for Life draws global participation

Rome, Italy, May 4, 2014 / 01:11 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The fourth annual March for Life held in Rome May 4 drew attendees from across Italy, Europe and the United States. “The beautiful thing about this march is that it has always been very international,” explained Joseph Meaney, Director of Coordination for the global pro-life group Human Life International. “The Italians have had a pro-life movement for years, decades, but they’ve never really had a lot of … [Read more...]

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Pro-life leaders hold international conference in Rome

Rome, Italy, May 4, 2014 / 11:12 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Leaders in the movement to protect human life from conception to natural death held a conference in Rome on Saturday to discuss various pro-life initiatives underway throughout the world. “The idea was to bring together international leaders from the pro-life movement from all over the world, here to Rome to support the Italians, but also to be here with the Church,” said Joseph Meaney, the Director of Coordination for Human … [Read more...]

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