How one pro-life group is preparing for the 2016 elections

Washington D.C., Dec 15, 2015 / 03:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- If the pro-life movement is to achieve its biggest policy victories to date, it must have a supporter in the White House after the 2016 election, one pro-life advocacy group has insisted. “The stakes are very high,” Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, told CNA in an interview about the 2016 election.Two landmark pieces of pro-life legislation have made recent gains in Congress, but the … [Read more...]

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Wisconsin priest humbled to be named next Bishop of Superior

Superior, Wisc., Dec 15, 2015 / 11:49 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Tuesday chose Father James P. Powers to be the next Bishop of Superior, Wis.“I am humbled to be called to the order of bishop and sincerely appreciate the confidence being placed in me,” Bishop-designate Powers said Dec. 15. “I have great respect for the office and the responsibilities involved and look forward with joy and gratitude as I accept this new role as your shepherd.”“I am … [Read more...]

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Beards and the US military: a religious liberty win for Sikh officer

Washington D.C., Dec 15, 2015 / 06:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Sikh officer and a religious liberty group have welcomed the U.S. Army’s temporary religious exemption for the officer, who sees a conflict between military regulations against beards and his religious practice. “My Sikh faith and military service are two core parts of who I am,” Captain Simratpal Singh said Dec. 14. "I am proud to serve my country as an officer and I look forward to being able to continue … [Read more...]

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To obtain peace, we have to fight indifference with mercy, Pope says

Vatican City, Dec 15, 2015 / 04:17 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis’ message for 2016’s World Day of Peace is packed with bold pastoral and practical advice for both the Church as well as international leaders.In it, he focused on the need to work for peace by overcoming the attitude of indifference and fostering a greater sense of solidarity, mercy and compassion.He advocated for concrete acts of mercy on the part of families, individuals and political leaders, such as the … [Read more...]

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Will we be allowed to disagree about marriage in the future?

Washington D.C., Dec 15, 2015 / 03:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The future of a diverse and pluralistic public square is at stake in the debate over marriage and sexuality, said one legal scholar at an event in D.C. sponsored by the Atlantic. “Part of freedom is going to have to be the right to disagree about the truth,” Ryan Anderson, a senior research fellow at the Heritage Foundation, proposed at “Unfinished Business: The Atlantic LGBT Summit” on Dec.10. Anderson was … [Read more...]

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Respond to shootings with courage and compassion, archbishop exhorts

Louisville, Ky., Dec 15, 2015 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Meet violence with “resolve and courage” rather than fear and discrimination, the president of the United States bishops' conference said in an Advent message following multiple mass shootings in the country. “Watching innocent lives taken and wondering whether the violence will reach our own families rightly stirs our deepest protective emotions,” Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville said in a Dec. 14 … [Read more...]

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Doing the Father’s will: how Orthodox rabbis see common ground with Christians

Jerusalem, Israel, Dec 14, 2015 / 07:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A recent statement from Orthodox rabbis calls for “fraternal partnership” between Christians and Jews, reflecting on their commonalities and on recent efforts by Catholics to improve relations with Jews. “We Jews and Christians have more in common than what divides us: the ethical monotheism of Abraham; the relationship with the One Creator of Heaven and Earth, Who loves and cares for all of us; Jewish Sacred … [Read more...]

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