Ahead of Supreme Court marriage decision, states act to protect religious freedom

Washington D.C., Jun 16, 2015 / 07:24 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to deliver a ruling that could lead to sweeping changes in the definition of marriage nationwide, two states have enacted new legal protections for those with religious objections to recognizing same-sex ‘marriages.’ “It’s important that people not feel as though they have to check their faith at the door,” a spokesman for the Diocese of Raleigh, N.C., told CNA. … [Read more...]

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How the US bishops believe America can overcome racial violence

St. Louis, Mo., Jun 16, 2015 / 03:43 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The head of the U.S. bishops’ conference pledged support for reconciliation and healing efforts in areas around the country that have been the site of racial tension and violent clashes between police and citizens. “Promoting peace and reconciliation is the only way forward. And we must constantly strive to achieve these goals, trusting in the Lord to lead and guide us, accompanied by his merciful love,” said … [Read more...]

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Benedict XVI’s summer plans – rare public events and a visit to Castel Gandolfo

Vatican City, Jun 16, 2015 / 11:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Benedict XVI’s summer is set to be the most active since he stepped down from the pontificate in 2013, with plans for participation in at least two public events and a two-week stay at the papal summer residence at Castel Gandolfo. “Pope Francis invited Benedict XVI to spend some time in Castel Gandolfo in the month of July and Benedict accepted,” Fr. Lombardi told journalists on June 15. Benedict XVI is expected to be … [Read more...]

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What happens when an entire country becomes infested with demons?

Vatican City, Jun 16, 2015 / 03:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Can a country with deep Christian roots like Mexico find itself at the mercy of demons? Some in the Church fear so. And as a result, they called for a nation-wide exorcism of Mexico, carried out quietly last month in the cathedral of San Luis Potosí. High levels of violence, as well as drug cartels and abortion in the country, were the motivation behind the special rite of exorcism, known as “Exorcismo … [Read more...]

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For Archbishop Gomez, assisted suicide bill is empty compassion

Los Angeles, Calif., Jun 16, 2015 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- People suffering from terminal illness deserve true compassion and care – not violence, Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles said as the California legislature’s assisted suicide bill advances. “It is a failure of public leadership and moral imagination to respond to human suffering by making it easier for people to kill themselves,” he said in his June 9 column for The Tidings. Assisted suicide … [Read more...]

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In Vatican trial, former archbishop faces sex abuse charges

Vatican City, Jun 15, 2015 / 03:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Former papal nuncio Josef Wesolowski will be tried by the Vatican’s criminal court for sexual abuse of minors and for possession of child pornography. The Vatican has said that Pope Francis “wishes to address (the case) justly and rigorously.” Fr. Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy See Press Office, said last year that “from the very first moments that this case was made known to them, moved without delay … [Read more...]

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Minn. archbishop resigns with ‘clear conscience’ amid sex abuse charges

St. Paul, Minn., Jun 15, 2015 / 08:43 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of the archbishop and an auxiliary bishop of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, less than two weeks after the archdiocese was charged with mishandling sexual abuse cases. However, Archbishop John C. Nienstedt says although he is stepping down, his conscience is clear with regard to the protection of minors and vulnerable adults from sexual abuse. “My leadership has unfortunately drawn … [Read more...]

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