North Carolina lawmakers stand by ‘Choose Life’ plates

Washington D.C., Jul 16, 2014 / 02:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Several lawmakers in North Carolina have petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to review a censorship case related to pro-life specialty license plates in the state. Alliance Defending Freedom filed the appeal on Friday on behalf of Thom Tillis, speaker of the North Carolina House of Representatives, and Phil Berger, president pro tempore of the North Carolina Senate. “State governments have a right to advance messages consistent … [Read more...]

Soccer stars to play inter-religious friendly match for peace

Buenos Aires, Argentina, Jul 16, 2014 / 12:28 am (CNA).- Retired soccer star Javier “Pupi” Zanetti, who was captain of the Argentinean national team and of Inter Milan in Italy, will soon don his cleats again to take part in an inter-religious friendly match for peace. The Argentinean soccer player will join Roberto Baggio of Italy and Zinedine Zidane of France for the first “Inter-Religious Match for Peace.” Lionel Messi, Francesco Totti, Gianluigi Buffon and … [Read more...]

Pope says economy must fight ‘throwaway culture’

Rome, Italy, Jul 15, 2014 / 10:58 pm (CNA).- Pope Francis had lunch with participants in an international economics seminar on Saturday, saying their efforts to bring the human being to the very center of the economy avoids a “throwaway culture.”   The Pope addressed reductionist views of mankind, saying that “this is the strongest time of anthropological reductionism.”   “It happens to man what happens to wine when it is transformed into brandy: it … [Read more...]

Senate bill would strip conscience protections, bishops warn

Washington D.C., Jul 15, 2014 / 08:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Leaders of the U.S. bishops have issued a strong rebuke of a Senate bill that would deny conscience rights to employers in the field of health coverage. “We are writing to state our strong opposition to the misnamed ‘Protect Women’s Health From Corporate Interference Act of 2014’ (S. 2578),” wrote Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore and Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley of Boston in a letter to all U.S. … [Read more...]

Suit claims Colo. Planned Parenthood ignored sex abuse

Denver, Colo., Jul 15, 2014 / 04:56 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A lawsuit charges that a Colorado Planned Parenthood affiliate failed to recognize and report the sexual abuse of a 13-year-old girl by her stepfather when its staff performed an abortion on her and put her on birth control at the stepfather’s request. The pro-life group Operation Rescue made the legal complaint public last week. Operation Rescue president Troy Newman praised the girl’s mother, who filed the suit, citing … [Read more...]

Bishop calls for united prayer to stop UK euthanasia bill

Portsmouth, England, Jul 15, 2014 / 03:14 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Warning that a proposed euthanasia bill for parts of the U.K. would mark the “catastrophic collapse” of respect for life, Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth, England, is urging a day of united prayer against it. Bishop Egan asked Catholics to pray a Holy Hour of Eucharistic Adoration on Thursday, July 17, the day before the bill’s second reading in the House of Lords. “(P)lease pray that Parliament will … [Read more...]

Women religious attacked in Bangladesh

Dinajpur, Bangladesh, Jul 15, 2014 / 02:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Last week dozens of armed men broke into a convent in northern Bangladesh, beating a group of nuns at a small mission.“The attack was massive and lasted about an hour and a half. The attackers brutally beat the nuns … the convent was seriously devastated,” Bishop Sebastian Tudu of Dinajpur told the international Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need, of the attack which took place at the Boldi Pukur … [Read more...]