Still doesn’t cut it, bishops say on latest mandate tweak

Washington D.C., Oct 11, 2014 / 06:44 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Despite another wave of changes to the Obama Administration’s HHS mandate, the U.S. bishops’ conference says that the regulation still fails to respect religious freedom.   “(T)he mandate continues to substantially burden the religious liberty of stakeholders with religious objections to the mandated coverage,” said Anthony Picarello and Michael Moses, general counsel and associate general counsel for the … [Read more...]

Can death be beautiful? A response to Brittany Maynard

Denver, Colo., Oct 10, 2014 / 06:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Brittany Maynard plans on ending her life on November 1. The 29 year-old has been diagnosed with an advanced brain tumor, and in April was given a prognosis of six months to live. Not long afterwards, after researching her options, Maynard and her family left their California home and moved to Oregon, where Maynard could opt for physician-assisted suicide via the Death with Dignity act. She carries a prescription in her purse that … [Read more...]

Teen Malala’s Nobel prize sparks pride in Pakistani bishop

Vatican City, Oct 10, 2014 / 05:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Malala Yousafzai has received the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize at the age of 17 – making her the youngest ever recipient of the prestigious award and prompting local Archbishop Joseph Coutts to laud the “great honor” she's bestowed on the country. The Pakistani teenager gained global attention when she was shot in the head by Taliban activists in 2012, at the age of 14, as a punishment for her public campaign for the … [Read more...]

Waiting for the decisive second half of the Synod on the Family

Vatican City, Oct 10, 2014 / 02:54 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Synod of Bishops on Friday entered its decisive second phase, with the formation of small groups which are to come to decisions which will be synthesized into the synod's concluding “relatio.” The relatio will form the basis for discussion in the 2015 ordinary synod on the family. It will be presented Oct. 13 by Cardinal Peter Erdo of Esztergom-Budapest, who is serving as general rapporteur for the Synod of … [Read more...]

No secret to sanctity: JPII exhibit teaches universal call to holiness

Washington D.C., Oct 10, 2014 / 12:33 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A state-of-the-art exhibit at the Saint John Paul II National Shrine will show that the late Pope’s example of holiness is for every person, not a privileged few, the shrine’s executive director said. “People can realize that they are like John Paul II in this sense. He responded to the Holy Spirit every day of his life and made his life a gift. And we are called to do the same, to make our life a gift to God and to … [Read more...]

Be on your guard – the devil never rests, Pope Francis warns

Vatican City, Oct 10, 2014 / 06:57 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his homily on Friday Pope Francis encouraged faithful to guard their hearts by doing a daily examination of conscience, saying that we if we don't, we risk letting the devil in rather than the Lord. “Guard the heart, as a house is guarded, with a key. And then watch the heart, like a sentinel: How often do wicked thoughts, wicked intentions, jealousy, envy enter in?” the Pope asked his Oct. 10 Mass attendees. The … [Read more...]

Cardinal shines light on migration, marriage prep in family synod

Vatican City, Oct 10, 2014 / 04:32 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The effects of migration and poverty upon families, the pastoral care of children, the Eucharist in connection to our understanding of marriage: these are a few of the themes which Cardinal Vincent Nichols, archbishop of Westminster, hopes to see raised during the Synod on the Family currently underway in the Vatican. Speaking with CNA just ahead of the opening of the synod, the cardinal – who is president of the bishops’ … [Read more...]