‘No to war!’ – Pope pushes for nuclear disarmament on atomic bomb anniversary

Vatican City, Aug 9, 2015 / 06:27 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Sunday Pope Francis said the “horrific” atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki are the icon of man’s destructive misuse of scientific progress, and called for an end to all nuclear arms and weapons of mass destruction. The “tremendous” atomic bombing of the two Japanese cities, which took place Aug. 6 and Aug. 9, 1945, “still arouses horror and repulsion,” the Pope said in his Aug. 9 Sunday … [Read more...]

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Not a taxing matter? IRS downplays gay marriage religious freedom threats

Washington D.C., Aug 8, 2015 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Following the Supreme Court decision declaring same-sex civil marriage to be a fundamental right, the Internal Revenue Service said it has no intention of revoking religious non-profits' tax status. Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, who made the inquiry to the IRS, said its statement was “a victory for religious freedom in America and for the non-profit charities, churches, and religiously affiliated universities who … [Read more...]

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Chilean legislators appeal to judicial branch over pro-abortion bill

Santiago, Chile, Aug 8, 2015 / 07:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The representatives who voted on Tuesday against a bill legalizing abortion in Chile will file an appeal against the initiative with the Constitutional Court.   The bill was approved by health committee of the lower house of the Chilean legislature, the Chamber of Deputies, in an 8-5 vote. It still has to go through several steps before it can be signed into law, however. Having passed out of committee, it could be voted down; … [Read more...]

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When the Senate won’t defund Planned Parenthood, states will

Washington D.C., Aug 7, 2015 / 03:41 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Alabama on Thursday became the third U.S. state this week to withdraw funding from its local branches of Planned Parenthood, after the U.S. Senate failed to bring to the floor a bill that would have blocked federal funding of the abortion group. The decision comes in the wake of a series of undercover videos showing officials from the organization describing the harvesting of body parts from aborted babies at their clinics. Alabama … [Read more...]

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Archbishop Cupich will attend synod, Vatican source says

Vatican City, Aug 7, 2015 / 12:35 pm (CNA).- Originally selected as an alternate synod delegate, Archbishop Blase Cupich of Chicago will in fact be an attendee at the Vatican gathering on the family this fall, a Vatican source told CNA. The source also said that another American bishop will likely be chosen to attend as well, bringing the total U.S. delegation of bishops up to six. The Synod on the Family, which will be held at the Vatican in October, will bring together bishops from … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis: Beware the ‘false peace’ that comes from the devil

Vatican City, Aug 7, 2015 / 07:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Friday told a group of youth that the greatest challenge in his vocation so far has been finding true peace, and encouraged them to learn how to discern between this peace and the one offered by the devil. “I would say finding peace in the Lord. That peace that only Jesus can give, in work and chores,” the Pope said Aug. 7. in response to the question, posed by one of the youth he met with in audience that … [Read more...]

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And you shall be like gods – the fierce warning of ‘Ex Machina’

Denver, Colo., Aug 7, 2015 / 03:37 am (CNA).- Much has already been said about director Alex Garland's slick transhumanist thriller “Ex Machina.” It's been heralded as everything from a stellar work of speculative fiction to a complex take on gender roles. But perhaps a lesser known take on the film is its rampant Old Testament allusions that come together to portray a high-tech garden of Eden. For Denver-based priest Father Nathan Goebel, “the whole movie is a … [Read more...]

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