Sec. John Kerry calls for release of pastor in Iran

Washington D.C., Aug 2, 2014 / 06:17 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Nearly two years after a U.S. citizen was imprisoned in Iran for his Christian faith, calls for his release continue. “In Iran, U.S. Iranian citizen Pastor Saeed Abedini remains imprisoned. The Iranian authorities sentenced him to eight years behind bars simply because of his religious beliefs,” said U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in a July 28 report on international religious freedom. Kerry said that the U.S. … [Read more...]

Pakistani Catholics foster dialogue, fellowship with Muslims

Lahore, Pakistan, Aug 1, 2014 / 08:05 pm (CNA).- Catholics in Pakistan reached out to the local Islamic community in an effort to promote peace between the religious groups in their nation and throughout the Middle East. “The objective of this gathering is to express harmony with our Muslim brethren, to eliminate the gaps and to live peacefully with one another,” said Fr. Francis Nadeem of St. Joseph’s Parish, Lahore Cantonment, as he welcomed the … [Read more...]

Bishops urge conscience protection for child welfare agencies

Washington D.C., Aug 1, 2014 / 05:18 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Three committee chairmen of the U.S. Bishops’ Conference are strongly supporting a new bill that protects the conscience rights of child welfare agencies. “As you know, our first and most cherished freedom, religious liberty, is to be enjoyed by all Americans, including child welfare providers who serve the needs of our most vulnerable – children,” stated the letter from the bishops to the lawmakers who … [Read more...]

Education crucial to limiting Ebola outbreak, relief agency says

Freetown, Sierra Leone, Aug 1, 2014 / 05:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As the deadly Ebola virus continues to claim victims in West Africa, Catholic Relief Services is working to fight the outbreak by educating affected communities and dispelling local myths. “This is the first time West Africa has experienced an Ebola outbreak,” said Michael Stulman, CRS Regional Information Officer for West and Central Africa. “A lot of people don’t know what Ebola is, or they … [Read more...]

Education crucial to limiting Ebola outbreak, relief agency says

Freetown, Sierra Leone, Aug 1, 2014 / 05:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As the deadly Ebola virus continues to claim victims in West Africa, Catholic Relief Services is working to fight the outbreak by educating affected communities and dispelling local myths. “This is the first time West Africa has experienced an Ebola outbreak,” said Michael Stulman, CRS Regional Information Officer for West and Central Africa. “A lot of people don’t know what Ebola is, or they … [Read more...]

University of Mary adds bioethics program to roster

Bismarck, N.D., Aug 1, 2014 / 02:22 pm (CNA).- The University of Mary in Bismarck, N.D., has teamed up with the National Catholic Bioethics Center to offer its students a master’s of science degree option in bioethics. “The University of Mary is answering the call from the Church to work toward establishing a culture of life which respects and safeguards human dignity,” University of Mary president Msgr. James Shea said in a statement. “We’re at a critical … [Read more...]

Amid resignation calls, Minn. archbishop says he will stay

Minneapolis, Minn., Aug 1, 2014 / 12:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop John Nienstedt of Saint Paul-Minneapolis, facing calls for his resignation amid legal battles over the local Church's handling of clerical sex abuse, apologized Wednesday but refused to resign. “It comes down to this: 18 years ago, Pope John Paul II chose me to serve the Church as a bishop, an authentic successor of the apostles,” he wrote in a July 30 column at The Catholic Spirit. “A … [Read more...]


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