Could doctors be forced to perform sex reassignment surgeries?

Washington D.C., Aug 24, 2016 / 08:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Following the federal government stating that doctors cannot decline performing sex reassignment surgeries, a group of states, doctors, and hospitals are suing in the name of medical ethics.“The effect is that there are doctors all across the country that are going to be asked to perform gender transition procedures, even when they believe it is going to be physically and emotionally harmful to the patient and against their best … [Read more...]

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Earthquake in Italy prompts outpouring of support

Spoleto, Italy, Aug 24, 2016 / 04:56 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- While the number of victims of the earthquake that hit central Italy in the early hours of Wednesday  climbs, the gestures of generosity and aid for those affected have multiplied.At approximately 3:30 am Aug. 24, a magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck roughly six miles southeast of Norcia in central Italy. Over the next several hours, nearly 200 aftershocks shook the regions of Umbria, Lazio, and Marche, leaving towns throughout the … [Read more...]

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As welfare reform turns 20, Catholics discuss its legacy

Washington D.C., Aug 24, 2016 / 12:13 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Welfare reform was one of the biggest United States legislative events of the 1990s, but after 20 years what is its legacy from the standpoint of Catholic social teaching?Catholic policy experts gave differing responses to the program.“It’s complicated,” said John Carr, director of the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life at Georgetown University.Meanwhile, John D. Mueller, director of the … [Read more...]

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Pope John Paul I to be honored with museum in northern Italy

Vatican City, Aug 24, 2016 / 11:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Friday a museum dedicated to Pope John Paul I will officially be inaugurated in the hometown of the “Smiling Pope,” whom Pope Francis has often quoted when speaking on the topic of mercy.Though his papal reign is among the shortest in history, summing up to just 33 days, Pope John Paul I was in office long enough to leave a mark.Albino Luciani was born Oct. 17, 1912, in Canale d’Agordo, located in Italy’s … [Read more...]

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Federal judge blocks Obama’s transgender bathroom policy

Washington D.C., Aug 24, 2016 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A federal judge in Texas has temporarily blocked the Obama administration guidance that would require schools to comply with transgender bathroom policies or lose federal funding.“Schools have a duty to protect the privacy, safety, and dignity of all students, and this order certainly helps them in fulfilling that duty,” said Matt Sharp, legal counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom.“The Obama administration cannot … [Read more...]

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Vatican wades into sex education for young people

Vatican City, Aug 24, 2016 / 05:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican recently rolled out a new sex education course designed to help parents and educators talk to teens about sex and counter messages on social media.The course, published by the Vatican Council for the Family, and called “The Meeting Point: The Adventure of Love,” aims to promote a dialogue between young people and their parents and teachers regarding sexuality.The program was developed as one step toward answering … [Read more...]

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Pope tosses audience speech, prays rosary for victims of Italy quake

Vatican City, Aug 24, 2016 / 03:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Instead of giving the usual catechesis during his Wednesday general audience, Pope Francis decided to postpone the speech, leading pilgrims in praying the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary for the victims of an earthquake that rocked central Italy earlier that morning.“On hearing the news of the earthquake that has struck central Italy and which has devastated many areas and left many wounded, I cannot fail to express my heartfelt … [Read more...]

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