The Francis effect takes hold at a notorious Bolivian prison

La Paz, Bolivia, Jul 28, 2015 / 04:39 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis’ July 10 visit to a prison in Bolivia was just one of several dozen events over the course of the recent papal trip to Latin America. But for many of the inmates and workers present at the notorious Palmasola Prison in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia, the Pope’s visit was a turning point and an invitation to make a new start. “The man who is standing before you is one who has been forgiven. A man who … [Read more...]

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African leaders counter Obama’s ‘ideological colonization’ in Kenya

Nairobi, Kenya, Jul 28, 2015 / 02:25 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- U.S. president Barack Obama has come under fire from African politicians and Church leaders after advocating for gay rights in Kenya this weekend – a practice Pope Francis has referred to as “ideological colonization.” “Even if people don’t like us for it, our Church has always said homosexuality is unnatural and marriage is between a man and a woman,” Cardinal John Onaiyekan of Abuja told the News … [Read more...]

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Why this former rock journalist authored a book about chastity

Washington D.C., Jul 28, 2015 / 12:46 pm (CNA).- One day, when Dawn Eden was 31 years-old, she ventured into the section of a bookstore that she had never visited before.  This journey into the store was somewhat out of character for Eden, who preferred listening to rock music instead of delving into books. Even more rare was the part of the bookstore she found herself in, because she had never been interested in what it had to offer – until her recent conversion to … [Read more...]

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Exclusive: Essure victims plan hunger strike in front of FDA during Pope’s visit

Washington D.C., Jul 28, 2015 / 04:02 am (CNA).- Last month, it looked like the thousands of women who have suffered detrimental side effects from the birth control device “Essure” were finally being heard. After receiving a thousands of complaints about the device, the FDA announced June 24 that it would add additional risks and complications to Essure's label. The FDA also scheduled a meeting on Sept. 24 with the women of “Essure problems,” a facebook group … [Read more...]

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How an anti-discrimination bill could end up discriminating

Washington D.C., Jul 28, 2015 / 12:04 am (CNA).- A bill in Congress that brands itself as fighting discrimination might end up doing the exact opposite, said legal experts last week. “The whole thing is an overreach,” said Ryan Anderson, the William E. Simon senior research fellow in American Principles and Public Policy at the Heritage Foundation. The Equality Act has over 150 co-sponsors in the House and dozens of co-sponsors in the Senate, none of them Republican, thus … [Read more...]

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Knights of Columbus unveil new campaign to aid Middle East Christians

New Haven, Conn., Jul 27, 2015 / 08:04 pm (CNA).- As Christians continue to face unprecedented persecution – especially in the Middle East – the Knights of Columbus have announced a new campaign to send humanitarian aid and raise awareness about their plight. “Pope Francis has urged the international community to take action to help Christians in the Middle East, and as an organization that has long supported victims of religious persecution, the Knights of Columbus is … [Read more...]

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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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