Controversial HHS mandate accommodation now finalized

Washington D.C., Jul 10, 2015 / 01:18 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In its latest update to the federal contraception mandate, the Obama administration on Friday finalized a set of proposed rules which the U.S. bishops have previously said still violate religious freedom. A statement released Friday by Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia M. Burwell said that the measures balance the government’s goal of providing free contraceptives to women with “respecting religious … [Read more...]

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From one sinner to another, Pope asks for prayers during prison visit

Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia, Jul 10, 2015 / 09:19 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Friday told Bolivian inmates that he too is a sinner who has experienced the merciful love of God, and encouraged them not to fall into despair but to accept forgiveness and to sustain themselves with prayer. “You may be asking yourselves: Who is this man standing before us?’” the Pope reflected with prisoners during his July 10 visit to Bolivia’s Palmasola Rehabilitation Center … [Read more...]

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Considering WYD 2016 in Poland? Here’s what one bishop wants you to know

Washington D.C., Jul 10, 2015 / 03:57 am (CNA/EWTN News).- For those pilgrims thinking about participating in World Youth Day 2016 in Krakow, Poland, Bishop Frank Caggiano has a message: It will be worth the sacrifice. The Bridgeport prelate, who is serving as World Youth Day Liason for the U.S. bishops, acknowledged that attending the global gathering in Poland next summer will have a cost – not only in money, but also in time and the hardships of traveling to a foreign … [Read more...]

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Okla. ruling against 10 Commandment statue blasted as extreme, inconsistent

Oklahoma City, Okla., Jul 10, 2015 / 12:16 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Responding to the Oklahoma Supreme Court’s ruling that a Ten Commandments monument on capitol grounds violates the state constitution, critics say that the decision is a legal outlier that ignores the commandments’ historic importance. “It’s a really unusual decision. A lot of states have somewhat similar provisions, but to my knowledge all of them don’t interpret them in an extreme way,” said … [Read more...]

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California legislature withdraws physician-assisted suicide bill

Los Angeles, Calif., Jul 9, 2015 / 08:28 pm (CNA).- The California state legislature has abandoned efforts to pass a measure that would legalize physician-assisted suicide – for now. Sponsors of SB 128 said July 7 that they didn’t have the votes to pass the bill out of Assembly Health Committee. Californians Against Assisted Suicide, a broad coalition of disability rights groups, physicians, palliative and hospice care agencies as well as the California Catholic Conference, has … [Read more...]

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Pope in Latin America apologizes for sins against native peoples

Santa Cruz, Bolivia, Jul 9, 2015 / 06:18 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Following in the footsteps of St. John Paul II, Pope Francis on Thursday asked forgiveness for crimes against the indigenous peoples of Latin America during “the so-called conquest of America.” “I say this to you with regret: many grave sins were committed against the native peoples of America in the name of God,” he said July 9. “My predecessors acknowledged this, CELAM (The Latin American … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis: Humanity’s future is in the hands of the poor

La Paz, Bolivia, Jul 9, 2015 / 05:38 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In an address to international NGOs on Thursday, Pope Francis said the poor and marginalized have an irreplaceable role to play in reversing what he calls the global dictatorship of greed. “This system is by now intolerable: farmworkers find it intolerable, laborers find it intolerable, communities find it intolerable, peoples find it intolerable,” the Pope said. “The earth itself – our sister, Mother Earth, as … [Read more...]

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