EWTN asks federal court to reconsider its HHS mandate case

Washington D.C., May 4, 2016 / 04:51 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) has asked a federal court to reconsider its ruling forcing the company to comply with the revised HHS mandate, based on an admission by the federal government in its brief before the Supreme Court.“The government admitted what we have said from the beginning,” said Michael Warsaw, CEO of EWTN. “Once you get past the bureaucratic smokescreen, this really comes down to one … [Read more...]

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Iraqi Christians grateful, yet uneasy following foiled Islamic State attack

Alqosh, Iraq, May 4, 2016 / 02:25 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After Islamic State militants broke through Kurdish army forces Tuesday, killing one American and three Kurdish fighters, local Christians voiced gratitude that the attack failed, but remain shaken and on edge should there be another assault.  “The people of Alqosh and other cities nearby have been very afraid. But we thank God that this time the battle was won,” Fr. Ghazwan Baho told CNA.Fr. Baho is the parish priest in … [Read more...]

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Mass in sign language? Over 20 Spanish priests celebrate it every week

Madrid, Spain, May 4, 2016 / 01:33 pm (CNA).- In the Catholic Church, the spoken language is central to the liturgy: we recite the Nicene Creed as one, we praise the Lord with the Gloria that we sing, and we bow our heads to hear the blessing we receive at the end of Mass.But there’s a different reality for hearing impaired and deaf Catholics around the world.Father Sergio Buiza, the national director of the Spanish Conference of Catholic Bishops Deaf Ministry, said their goal is to … [Read more...]

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Fr. Tom still missing, but bishop hopeful about his release

Aden, Yemen, May 4, 2016 / 10:18 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Two months after being kidnapped in Yemen, Salesian priest Tom Uzhunnalil remains missing, although a bishop involved in his case remains hopeful about his timely release.“The last words, which are quite reassuring, I received indirectly about ten days ago. I was told that Father Tom is alive, and that his return to freedom could be imminent,” said Bishop Paul Hinder OFM Cap, Apostolic Vicar of Southern Arabia.“But since … [Read more...]

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South African bishops rebuke government for spending billions on weapons

Cape Town, South Africa, May 4, 2016 / 06:37 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Catholic bishops of South Africa have criticized the government for excessive weapons spending given the country’s major social problems. “We insist that, in the absence of discernible external military threat to our country, and in a country which is struggling to recover from high levels of unemployment and extreme poverty, it is ethically irresponsible and unnecessary to spend billions of scarce resources … [Read more...]

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Jesus’ closeness to sinners isn’t a scandal – it’s an example, Pope says

Vatican City, May 4, 2016 / 04:37 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Wednesday Pope Francis said the parable of the Good Shepherd is a key example of God’s mercy, because it represents the depth of the Lord's concern in ensuring that no one is lost.The parable “represents Jesus’ solicitude toward sinners and the mercy of God which is not resigned to losing anyone,” the Pope said May 4.Jesus tells the parable in order to make the people understand that his closeness to … [Read more...]

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Cost and conscience – why more Christians are ditching health insurance for this alternative

Washington D.C., May 4, 2016 / 03:56 am (CNA).- The youngest of James Lansberry’s nine children almost didn’t survive his birth. Born with no heartbeat, he was resuscitated and spent 11 days in the neo-natal intensive care unit. The medical bill was over $200,000.Yet “every single dollar of those bills was paid,” Lansberry recalled, “and it was paid through gifts and notes and cards and bearing the burden from hundreds of different families across the country … [Read more...]

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