Could it soon be illegal for doctors to believe in male and female?

Washington D.C., Feb 3, 2016 / 03:44 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A current proposal by a federal agency has raised concerns that doctors may be punished for believing that there are only two genders, rooted in biological sex.The proposed rule, issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, says that it is aimed at banning discrimination against transgender individuals under the Obama administration’s Affordable Care Act. Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act cites … [Read more...]

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Pro-woman health clinic in Colorado expands services

Denver, Colo., Feb 3, 2016 / 12:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- More women along Colorado's Front Range will have access to affordable, life-affirming health services thanks to a new partnership between Catholic Charities of Denver and Bella Natural Women’s Care.Larry Smith, president of Denver Catholic Charities, made the announcement at the annual Beacon of Hope Gala on Jan. 30, an annual charity dinner and auction that supports women’s health centers in the Archdiocese of … [Read more...]

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New scorecard to track Congress’ action on global religious freedom

Washington D.C., Feb 2, 2016 / 06:56 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Religious liberty advocates hope a new congressional scorecard will embolden members of Congress to promote freedom for embattled religious minorities worldwide.“We know that religious liberty is more than just freedom of conscience. It touches everything from national security to trade policy to the fundamental values of what it means to be an American,” said former congressman Frank Wolf, announcing the creation of the … [Read more...]

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Why I wear the habit – a nun’s reflection on religious life

Rome, Italy, Dec 26, 2016 / 10:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As Pope Francis' year dedicated to consecrated life concluded at the start of this year, one nun shared her thoughts on the how her religious garb serves as a “visible sign” that God exists and loves every person.Though the official Year for Consecrated Life concluded earlier this year, it's actually “the beginning of helping people get reacquainted with religious life,” said Sr. Mary Christa of the Sisters … [Read more...]

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Be thankful – Pope Francis’ message at end of Year for Consecrated Life

Vatican City, Feb 2, 2016 / 11:44 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis presided over Mass on Tuesday for the conclusion of the Year for Consecrated Life, reminding religious men and women of their call to be “custodians of wonder” as they promote a culture of encounter with Christ.“All forms of consecrated life, each according to its own characteristic, are called to be in permanent states of mission,” the Pope said in his Feb. 2 homily at St. Peter's Basilica for the … [Read more...]

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There’s no alternative: help Israel and Palestine seek peace, archbishop tells UN

New York City, N.Y., Feb 2, 2016 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Peace was the focus of the Holy See's representative in a recent speech to the United Nations, where he renewed calls to support negotiations between Israel and Palestine and between the warring factions in Syria.“Certain elements among both peoples have suffered too long from the misguided view that force will resolve their differences. Only sustained negotiations, entered into in good faith, will resolve their … [Read more...]

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Pope stresses balance of work, family in new interview with Chinese paper

Vatican City, Feb 2, 2016 / 05:59 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As the Chinese New Year approaches, Pope Francis has granted an interview to Hong Kong’s Asia Times in which he touches on an array of topics including the country’s rapid rise to power and a realistic balance of work and family life.With many families facing division and even separation due to the heavy emphasis that is often place on work-efficiency in China, Pope Francis has suggested “a healthy realism” … [Read more...]

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