Court affirms Church’s right to hire and fire ministers

Kansas City, Mo., Mar 8, 2016 / 12:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Missouri court ruling in favor of a Catholic diocese protects the right of religious institutions to fire ministerial employees who do not live consistently with their religious beliefs.“This ruling rightly preserves the integrity of churches and religious institutions,” Jeremiah Galus, legal counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, told CNA March 2. “If churches are forced to employ people who do not follow their … [Read more...]

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Court affirms Church’s right to hire and fire ministers

Kansas City, Mo., Mar 8, 2016 / 12:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Missouri court ruling in favor of a Catholic diocese protects the right of religious institutions to fire ministerial employees who do not live consistently with their religious beliefs.“This ruling rightly preserves the integrity of churches and religious institutions,” Jeremiah Galus, legal counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, told CNA March 2. “If churches are forced to employ people who do not follow their … [Read more...]

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Push to legalize assisted suicide in Maryland is over – for now

Baltimore, Md., Mar 7, 2016 / 03:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The latest push to legalize assisted suicide for the terminally ill has failed in Maryland, but opponents are well aware that this isn't the end of the fight.When it was clear that it didn't have enough support to pass, the sponsor of the End-of-Life Option Act, Sen. Robert Young (D-Frederick), pulled the bill March 3 ahead of the Senate Judiciary Proceedings Committee.“It is a relief that this very dangerous legislation … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis lauds fidelity of Ukrainian Greek-Catholics

Vatican City, Mar 7, 2016 / 12:47 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis met with leaders of the Permanent Synod of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church (UGCC) on Saturday, praising their people's “tireless witnesses of hope” in Christ amid decades of hardships.“In some circumstances, our human condition is made even more fragile due to difficult historical situations, which mark the life of the People of God, of the Community that Jesus Christ our Lord purchased with his … [Read more...]

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Pope’s retreat reflects on the Gospel’s ‘raw’ questions

Vatican City, Mar 7, 2016 / 10:57 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis and members of the Curia embarked Sunday on their annual Lenten retreat, which this year centers on the theme: “Le nude domande del vangelo” – “The raw questions of the Gospel.”The March 6-10 reflections, led by Fr. Ermes Ronchi of the Servants of Mary, are centering on 10 key questions from the Gospel, including: "Why are you afraid? Have you no faith?" (Mark 4:40) and “Woman, … [Read more...]

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Do you buy shrimp? You might want to know about this

Washington D.C., Nov 9, 2016 / 12:14 am (CNA/EWTN News).- When we purchase bananas at the grocery store or eat at a seafood restaurant, we might not think twice about it.But many of the everyday products that we use may be the result of forced labor.“The world is now focused on slave labor again,” said Justin Dillon, CEO of the group Made in a Free World, which seeks to inform businesses about slave and child labor in their supply chains.Earlier this year, a new federal law was … [Read more...]

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There’s no question – the Missionaries of Charity ‘died as martyrs’

Rome, Italy, Mar 6, 2016 / 11:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After a recent attack at a Missionaries of Charity convent in Yemen claimed the lives of four of the sisters there, the bishop overseeing the area said he has no doubt they died as martyrs.“For me there is no doubt that the sisters have been victims of hatred – hatred against our faith,” Bishop Paul Hinder told CNA March 6.“The Missionaries of Charity died as martyrs: as martyrs of charity, as martyrs because they … [Read more...]

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