India’s bishops push government to help find Fr Tom

New Delhi, India, Mar 30, 2016 / 11:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After the circulation of rumors claiming Fr. Tom Uzhunnalil was tortured and crucified on Good Friday, the Indian bishops have written to the government urging greater effort in locating the priest.“A lot of rumors are being spread in the social media that Fr. Tom was subjected to cruel torture and then crucified on Good Friday,” the Indian bishops wrote in a March 28 letter addressed to India’s Minister of External … [Read more...]

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Georgia bishops: religious freedom bill veto a chance for more debate

Atlanta, Ga., Mar 30, 2016 / 11:35 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Following the Georgia governor’s recent veto of a religious liberty bill, the state’s Catholic bishops are calling for further debate and dialogue on the issue.“We fervently support religious liberty guaranteed by the United States and Georgia constitutions and we respect those who seek to enhance those freedoms through legislation,” said Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta and Bishop Gregory Hartmayer of … [Read more...]

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Vatican diplomacy zeros-in on human rights in Africa

New York City, N.Y., Mar 30, 2016 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a region fraught with political, ethnic and religious divisions, the Central African Republic's motto of “Unity, Dignity, and Work” can serve as a foundation for healing and progress in Africa's Great Lakes Region, a Vatican representative told the United Nations.“No solutions to the Region's many problems would be possible if there are divisions instead of unity, grave violations of human rights … [Read more...]

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‘She’s in heaven’ – Pope Francis on Mother Angelica

Vatican City, Mar 30, 2016 / 06:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Wednesday offered a special blessing for Mother Angelica following her death on Easter Sunday, expressing his confidence that she is already in heaven.“She’s in heaven.” The Pope pointed to the sky as he spoke these words to members of EWTN’s Rome bureau, who brought an image of the late Poor Clare nun to his March 30 general audience as a sign of affection and remembrance.Francis saw the framed … [Read more...]

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Utah anesthesia bill shows ‘incoherence’ of legal abortion, doctor says

Salt Lake City, Utah, Mar 30, 2016 / 03:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A new Utah law requiring anesthesia for unborn babies during late-term abortions shows the contradiction between society’s view of life and legal abortion, a leading pro-life doctor has said.“If we as a society say it is okay to put to death the unborn, especially abortions that are done on fetuses that could survive outside the womb, then I think anesthesia is merciful,” Dr. Donna Harrison, executive director of … [Read more...]

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More than 25,000 march for life and family in Ecuador

Quito, Ecuador, Mar 30, 2016 / 12:31 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Under the theme “Love in motion,” more than 25,000 people participated in the ninth annual the Day of the Unborn Child Walk in several cities in Ecuador.The event’s purpose is to publicly express the massive support for defending life and the natural family.In Quito, the March 19 event was livened up by music groups, pro-life testimonies, theater and symbolic floats. The cities of Tena, Santo Domingo de los … [Read more...]

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A hopeful sign? New development in the Little Sisters’ court case

Washington D.C., Mar 29, 2016 / 04:42 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked for parties in the Little Sisters’ case to submit alternative means, if possible, of ensuring contraceptive coverage while maintaining religious freedom.“This is an excellent development. Clearly the Supreme Court understood the Sisters' concern that the government's current scheme forces them to violate their religion,” Mark Rienzi, lead attorney for the Becket Fund for … [Read more...]

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