Little Sisters threatened by HHS mandate, lawyers argue

Washington D.C., Jan 3, 2014 / 05:57 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Despite the claims of the U.S. Justice Department, the demands of the federal contraception mandate threaten the continued works of service performed by the Little Sisters of the Poor, their attorneys say.Eric Rassbach, deputy general counsel with the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which is representing the religious sisters in court, charged that the government's claim amounts to “doublespeak” and … [Read more...]

Archbishop Chaput calls contribution to priest’s bail ‘just’

Philadelphia, Pa., Jan 3, 2014 / 03:54 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia has explained his decision to provide ten percent of the bail of Msgr. William Lynn, whose conviction for child endangerment was overturned last week. Msgr. Lynn was secretary of clergy for the Philadelphia from 1992 to 2004, under Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua. The priest was convicted in 2012 on one count of child endangerment for failing to protect children from an abusive priest. That … [Read more...]

Pope encouraged Malta bishop to speak out against gay adoption bill

Rome, Italy, Jan 3, 2014 / 02:35 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis was “shocked” by a bill in Malta that would allow gay couples to adopt children, said a bishop from the small island nation, adding that the Holy Father had encouraged him to speak up on the issue. “We discussed many aspects...and when I raised the issue that’s worrying me as a bishop [the same-sex adoption bill] he encouraged me to speak out,” Auxiliary Bishop Charles Scicluna told The Sunday … [Read more...]

Faith desires to ‘change the world,’ Pope Francis says

Vatican City, Jan 3, 2014 / 10:38 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis celebrated Mass Jan. 3 in thanksgiving for the Jesuit saint Peter Faber, praising his “lofty desires” to be centered in God and to evangelize at the “peripheries.” “An authentic faith always implies a deep desire to change the world,” Pope Francis said in his homily at the Church of the Gesu in Rome. “And this is the question we should pose ourselves: do we too have great visions … [Read more...]

Archbishop Müller affirms doctrine, pastoral care for divorced

Rome, Italy, Jan 3, 2014 / 09:29 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a recent interview with Corriere della Sera, the Vatican's head official on doctrinal matters discussed the importance of personal pastoral care for divorced re-married persons, while adhering to Church teaching. “We must try a combination of general principles and particular, personal situations. Finding solutions to individual problems, though always on the foundation of Catholic doctrine,” Archbishop Gerhard … [Read more...]

Calif. community grieves loss of murdered pastor

Santa Rosa, Calif., Jan 3, 2014 / 04:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The people of Humboldt County, located on California's North Coast, are grieving the loss of Fr. Eric Freed, a “wonderful” pastor, who was murdered early on New Years’ Day. “Amid sadness, anger, and disbelief, we would like to give thanks to God for tremendously blessing the parishioners of St. Bernard's Catholic Parish with Fr. Eric Freed. Though his life on Earth was unfairly taken away, … [Read more...]

Bangladesh bishop calls for peace amid pre-election violence

Dhaka, Bangladesh, Jan 3, 2014 / 02:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As Bangladesh experiences widespread strikes and violent protests in the run-up to its parliamentary elections, the bishop of the nation's capital is encouraging a peaceful contribution from local Christians. “The situation is very tense. For months we have been experiencing strikes, blockades, violent conflict, terrorist attacks, arson and hatred here in Bangladesh. There have been deaths and hundreds of people have been … [Read more...]


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