After bathroom scare, ACLU leader resigns over transgender stance

Atlanta, Ga., Jun 3, 2016 / 04:59 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The head of the Georgia chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has resigned after a scare with her daughters involving men entering a women’s restroom.Maya Dillard Smith had been interim director of the chapter since 2015. She said she resigned because of the hostile reaction to her questions about the advocacy group’s participation in litigation on the use of opposite-sex public restrooms by people who identify as … [Read more...]

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How to be a good shepherd – Pope Francis’ guide for priests

Vatican City, Jun 3, 2016 / 03:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis emphasized that priests must be joyful, stubborn shepherds who take risks and seek out even those who are most distant from God, in imitation of the Good Shepherd Jesus Christ.“A shepherd after the heart of God has a heart sufficiently free to set aside his own concerns. He does not live by calculating his gains or how long he has worked: he is not an accountant of the Spirit, but a Good Samaritan who seeks out those in … [Read more...]

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Mother Angelica honored by Catholic media for life of service

St. Louis, Mo., Jun 3, 2016 / 02:20 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Mother Angelica, the nun who founded EWTN, has been posthumously honored for her lifetime achievement in Catholic communications. One of her close collaborators said she wanted Catholic media to rely totally on God.The Catholic Academy of Communication Professionals on June 2 awarded Mother Angelica its President’s Medallion during the Gabriel Awards gala at the Catholic Media Conference in St. Louis, Mo.Michael P. Warsaw, EWTN … [Read more...]

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How to put lipstick on assisted suicide

Denver, Colo., Jun 3, 2016 / 03:02 am (CNA).- By now, everyone's probably seen the ads on YouTube touting the “romantic comedy of the year.” A young, shapely woman in a red dress, and a handsome man – in a wheelchair?The short clips are brilliant, and the intrigue is palpable. Could it be? A mainstream, box-office hit that portrays a person with disabilities as a desirable partner?The answer is both a yes, and a horrifying no.While everyone can handle death as a … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis embraces child writer in a wheelchair

Vatican City, Jun 3, 2016 / 12:03 am (CNA).- Thirteen-year-old Veronica Cantero Burroni fulfilled a dream on Wednesday, when she got to see Pope Francis, who offered her a warm embrace at the end of his general audience.Veronica, who turns 14 this month, lives in the Argentine city of Campana and gets around in a wheel chair due to a neurological disease. However, this has not stopped her from becoming a writer and publishing five books.One of them is entitled “The Thief of … [Read more...]

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What Pope Francis wants the world’s priests to know

Vatican City, Jun 2, 2016 / 03:53 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis spoke candidly to thousands of priests this week during a special retreat for the Year of Mercy. The upshot of what he told them? We as priests are sinners, and we need God's mercy as much as everyone else.The Pope encouraged them to look to the Prodigal Son as a way to overcome the scandal of sin and celebrate God’s mercy and forgiveness in their lives and their ministry.“If we start by thanking the Lord for … [Read more...]

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A new wave of attacks against Catholics in France, Belgium

Paris, France, Jun 2, 2016 / 12:43 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In recent weeks, Catholics in France and Belgium – countries still recovering from brutal ISIS attacks – have been hit with numerous acts of violence and aggression, including fires set in churches, an assault on a priest, the desecration of a tabernacle and the hacking of more than 100 Catholic websites.In the French periodical La Provence, local priest Father Benoît Delabre reported that two weeks ago, the altar at the … [Read more...]

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