Will religious Boy Scout troops be tolerated when ban on gay leaders ends?

Washington D.C., Jul 27, 2015 / 05:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Boy Scouts of America is moving to change its leadership standards in order to allow openly homosexual adult leaders and volunteers. While the organization promises that individual church-affiliated councils can choose their own leaders, at least one critic warns the move will expose churches to further pressure. “This change allows Scouting’s members and parents to select local units, chartered to organizations with … [Read more...]

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High price tags and ugly secrets – how surrogacy preys on poor women

Washington D.C., Jul 26, 2015 / 04:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Women from a poor demographic have become an increasing interest in the multi-billion dollar surrogate industry, with most mothers being forced or coerced into volunteering as a surrogate.   “Surrogacy depends in many cases on the exploitation of poor women, because it’s the poor who have to sell and the rich that can afford to buy,” Christopher White told CNA July 23.   White, who serves as the Director … [Read more...]

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With a tap on an iPad, Pope Francis registers for World Youth Day 2016

Vatican City, Jul 26, 2015 / 12:38 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has invited the youth of the world on pilgrimage to World Youth Day 2016--and on Sunday he became the first pilgrim to register himself. “Today we open registration for the thirty-first World Youth Day, to be held next year in Poland,” he said. “I invite the youth of the world to live this pilgrimage that will be going to Krakow.”  The youth will be “participating in this moment of grace … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis: Let Jesus satisfy your hunger for God

Vatican City, Jul 26, 2015 / 10:33 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Jesus Christ’s miraculous multiplication of the loaves shows that he offers “fullness of life for hungry man,” Pope Francis said Sunday. He encouraged everyone to offer what little they have to God so that God can multiply their gifts and good deeds. “Jesus satisfies not only material hunger, but the most profound of hungers, the hunger for meaning in life, the hunger for God,” the Pope said in his remarks … [Read more...]

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Vatican ropes in global leaders to fight climate change, modern slavery

Vatican City, Jul 26, 2015 / 06:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Drawing dozens of mayors from major cities worldwide to discuss the link between slavery and climate change, this week's Vatican conference showed how secular leaders are responding to Pope Francis' lead in protecting the environment – and, more importantly, the vulnerable. “The Church has a role to protect the vulnerable, and if we follow the words of the Pope, we actually bring into account those who create … [Read more...]

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How Laudato Si is being put into practice in India

Miao, India, Jul 25, 2015 / 04:22 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The diocese of Miao, India sits in rich, mountainous forest terrain on the edge of the Himalayas. Most of its residents are tribal artisans whose livelihood is solely dependent on the local natural resources and the forest’s produce. So the release of the Pope’s recent encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si, hit particularly close to home for the diocese, which falls in India's furthest northeastern state of Arunachal … [Read more...]

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Long-serving Cardinal Baum lived a generous response to God

Washington D.C., Jul 25, 2015 / 11:25 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal William W. Baum, a past Archbishop of Washington and the longest-serving American cardinal, died on Thursday at the age of 88. His death prompted outpourings of thanksgiving for his life and a special telegram from Pope Francis. “As we grieve our loss we also thank God for his ministry,” Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington said July 24. “Cardinal Baum was a joy-filled priest with a firm personal commitment … [Read more...]

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