Wall Street Journal, NY Times writer defend Indiana religious freedom law

Indianapolis, Ind., Mar 31, 2015 / 05:35 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Does the widespread reaction to Indiana religious freedom law mean there is growing intolerance for religious viewpoints? Two prominent essays in the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times make the case that it does. “The paradox is that even as America has become more tolerant of gays, many activists and liberals have become ever-more intolerant of anyone who might hold more traditional cultural or religious … [Read more...]

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Vatican Appointments: Cardinal Versaldi to Congregation for Catholic Education

Vatican City, Mar 31, 2015 / 11:48 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Tuesday's appointment of Cardinal Giuseppe Versaldi as prefect of the Congregation for Catholic Education, together with Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki's commission as a member of the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See, signals that Vatican financial reform continues and that curial reform will need time to become effective. Cardinal Versaldi, 71, has served as president of the Prefecture for the Economic Affairs … [Read more...]

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Three weeks as an Islamic State captive – one woman tells her story

Erbil, Iraq, Mar 31, 2015 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The woman was just 19 years old when she was captured by militants from the Islamic State. Caring for her young son and pregnant with her second child, she was separated from her husband and told that she would be forced to marry a member of ISIS. Her harrowing story is not unique, but the fact that she escaped places her in the minority of those who face the similar terror of life as an ISIS captive. The woman's name, and that of … [Read more...]

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US bishops: Stop shameful detention of migrant families

San Antonio, Texas, Mar 31, 2015 / 02:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Family detention centers across the U.S. are filling up with children and young mothers  who are seeking shelter from violence, abuse, and persecution in their Central American home countries - and U.S. bishops are not pleased with the policy. The Church has stood against the policy of detention centers for women and children fleeing violence, saying that they are contrary to social teaching and the dignity of the human … [Read more...]

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More than 100,000 ask Mexican Supreme Court to affirm right to life

Mexico City, Mexico, Mar 31, 2015 / 12:38 am (CNA/EWTN News).- More than 120,000 people have signed a petition asking the Mexican Supreme Judicial Court of the Nation to reaffirm that “abortion is not a right.” The petition campaign was sparked by a lawsuit over the constitutionality of the Mexican state of Tlaxcala’s abortion reform law which could open the door to abortion in the whole country. The pro-life organization CitizenGo, which launched the petition drive, will … [Read more...]

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In open letter, 500 British priests ask Synod to stand firm on Church teaching

Westminster, England, Mar 30, 2015 / 04:54 pm (CNA).- In an unusual move, nearly 500 British priests signed an open letter urging the fathers of the upcoming Synod on the Family to issue a “clear and firm” proclamation of Church teaching on marriage and sexuality. The letter was published March 24 by the Catholic Herald and has already caused a stir in the local Church and the Catholic blogosphere. The priests, sensing confusion among the laity after last year’s synod, … [Read more...]

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Everyone but churches can use NYC schools – will the mayor do anything about it?

New York City, N.Y., Mar 30, 2015 / 04:40 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Churches using New York City public school facilities for worship services are in limbo after the Supreme Court declined to review their case against a city prohibition on their doing so. “Any community group can meet in New York City’s school buildings during non-school hours for any purpose – except for religious groups meeting to worship God,” Jordan Lorence, senior counsel with the legal group Alliance … [Read more...]

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