Mississippi abortion ruling raises questions of women’s health

Jackson, Miss., Aug 1, 2014 / 03:42 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A federal appeals court has drawn criticism for blocking a 2012 Mississippi law requiring abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at local hospitals. “The issue has been so politicized that people don’t use their common sense when it comes to this issue,” said Dana Cody, president and executive director of Life Legal Defense, a non-profit that provides legal assistance in pro-life cases. “(For) any other … [Read more...]

Catholic charity to hold day of prayer for peace in Iraq

Baghdad, Iraq, Aug 1, 2014 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Aid to the Church in Need has scheduled Aug. 6 as day of prayer for Iraq, portions of which are now controlled by Islamist militants, in response to the violence threatening Christians and others in the nation. The prayer initiative is being supported by the Chaldean Patriarch of Babylon, Louis Raphael I Sako, who has composed a text for the day of prayer. In a message issued for the occasion, Patriarch Sako underscored that Aug. 6 is … [Read more...]

Resolution introduced to protect persecuted Christians in Iraq

Washington D.C., Jul 31, 2014 / 08:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Congressional representatives have introduced a resolution to protect persecuted Christians and other minorities in Iraq, as Islamist militants consolidate control over portions of the country's northwest. “For 1,600 years, Mosul has been a center of Christian life,” Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb), referring to Iraq’s second-largest city, said in a July 30 speech before Congress. “Today, not a single … [Read more...]

Religious freedom nominee’s record prompts worry

Washington D.C., Jul 31, 2014 / 05:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The announcement that Rabbi David Saperstein is being tapped as the next U.S. ambassador for global religious freedom has drawn concern based on his recent statements on the issue at home. “I've been following David's activities for 30 years,” Rabbi Aryeh Spero of the Caucus for America told CNA. “I’m not confident he will address the greatest threat to religious freedom today, which is radical … [Read more...]

Vatican announces desire for more restrained sign of peace at Mass

Vatican City, Jul 31, 2014 / 05:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Congregation for Divine Worship, in a recent circular letter, announced that the placement of the sign of peace within Mass will not change, though it suggested several ways the rite could be performed with greater dignity. “The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments … pronounced in favor of maintaining the 'rite' and 'sign' of peace in the place it has now in the Ordinary of … [Read more...]

US faithful asked to see humanity of child migrants

Washington D.C., Jul 31, 2014 / 11:42 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The child migrant crisis at the U.S-Mexico border shows the need for a Catholic response and for sound government policy to help children who are fleeing violence, several Catholic experts have said. “As a Church, our first focus is that we are assisting members of our human family in need,” Bishop Daniel E. Flores of Brownsville, Texas, said during a live internet chat July 29. “The Catholic response has to be … [Read more...]

Vatican releases schedule for Pope’s trip to Albania

Vatican City, Jul 31, 2014 / 07:46 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis will make a one-day trip to Albania in September, during which he is slated to meet with local authorities, priests and religious as well as children from charitable institutions. The Pope’s visit was announced earlier this summer for Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. It marks the second time a Roman Pontiff will visit the country, the first being Pope Saint John Paul II in 1993. Upon his arrival to the Albanian capital … [Read more...]


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