Pope: ‘Deplorable’ leak of private docs doesn’t damper Vatican reform

Vatican City, Nov 8, 2015 / 05:15 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Sunday Pope Francis spoke out for the first time on what has been called the most recent “Vatileaks” scandal with the theft of confidential information by the Holy See, but offered his assurances that the reform process would move forward. The stealing and publication of the documents was a “mistake,” and “a deplorable act that does not help,” the Pope said Nov. 8, explaining that he had called for … [Read more...]

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Following allegations, Colo. hearing considers Planned Parenthood defunding

Denver, Colo., Nov 7, 2015 / 04:57 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Legal experts will testify Monday before the Republican Study Committee of Colorado on whether Planned Parenthood’s Colorado affiliate should be investigated and defunded for allegedly selling baby body parts and neglecting to report the rape of a minor. “Planned Parenthood does not deserve taxpayer funding, but other legitimate health care centers do,” said Colorado Family Action executive director Debbie Chaves, who … [Read more...]

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If you have the right to work, you have the right to rest, Pope says

Vatican City, Nov 7, 2015 / 09:20 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The dignity of workers was at the center of an address by Pope Francis on Saturday, during which the pontiff reflected on the connection between the right to employment and the right to leisure.This “right to rest,” Pope Francis said, above all, refers to a “dimension of the human being which does not lack the spiritual roots and which, even you, for your part, are responsible.”In a Nov. 7 audience in St. … [Read more...]

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Even a missile strike couldn’t stop Sunday Mass at this Syrian church

Aleppo, Syria, Nov 7, 2015 / 04:23 am (CNA/EWTN News).- When a missile hit the roof of the church of Saint Francis Parish in Aleppo, Syria, the congregation didn’t flee. Instead, they continued Mass outside, confident in the Virgin Mary’s protection. “If the bomb had gone off on top of the dome, there could have been a tragedy,” said Father Ibrahim Alsabagh, the Mass celebrant. “Even if it had made the chandelier fall, it could have killed about 10 people. As … [Read more...]

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Money and status don’t make you happy – selflessness does, Pope says

Vatican City, Nov 6, 2015 / 02:25 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On Friday Pope Francis praised those Christians who serve others and renounce their own comfort. He also gave a blunt warning about careerism and greed in the Church. Through St. Paul, Jesus Christ shows us “this Church that never stands still” and a Church that “always goes forward and shows us the path,” Pope Francis said in his Nov. 6 homily at the chapel of Casa Santa Marta in Vatican City. The Pope … [Read more...]

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EWTN case against mandate likely on hold until Supreme Court decision

Irondale, Ala., Nov 6, 2015 / 01:56 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- With the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to hear all cases against the federal contraception mandate that have received an appellate ruling, EWTN’s case will likely be put on hold until a final decision is reached. “Today’s decision by the US Supreme Court to take up the HHS contraceptive mandate cases, including the one filed by the Little Sisters of the Poor is wonderful news,” said Michael Warsaw, chairman … [Read more...]

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Supreme Court to hear HHS mandate case for Little Sisters, other non-profits

Washington D.C., Nov 6, 2015 / 12:20 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Supreme Court will hear legal challenges to the federal contraception mandate, brought by numerous non-profit groups, including the Little Sisters of the Poor. The court made its announcement Nov. 6. It will take up seven cases representing numerous schools, dioceses, and charitable organizations. At the center of the controversy is a federal rule announced by the Obama administration that requires most employers to provide … [Read more...]

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