Advocates advise that First Amendment protects school choice

Denver, Colo., Aug 11, 2014 / 02:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Faith-based schools should not be excluded from Colorado's educational choice programs, according to a brief filed by attorneys in a case which is due to be heard by the state supreme court. “School districts have a responsibility to provide the best educational choices for parents and their children without discriminating against religious options,” commented Gregory Baylor, senior counsel with Alliance Defending … [Read more...]

Aid group blasts global apathy to early Ebola outbreak

Washington D.C., Aug 11, 2014 / 09:45 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Warning that the international community neglected the initial outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, a relief agency testified before Congress about the need to take the disease seriously in order to contain it. “(T)he international response to the disease has been a failure,” said Ken Isaacs, vice president of program and government relations for Christian aid organization Samaritan’s Purse. He told members of … [Read more...]

Pope Francis takes to Twitter in appeal for Iraqi citizens

Vatican City, Aug 11, 2014 / 05:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Since Friday Pope Francis has been tweeting three times a day asking faithful and parishes to pray and offer material support for those affected by violence in Iraq. “I ask all men and women of goodwill to join me in praying for Iraqi Christians and all vulnerable populations,” the first tweet from the Roman Pontiff read on Aug. 8. Going from a sporadic tweet every two to three days this summer to a seemingly … [Read more...]

US Catholics organize prayers for peace in Iraq

Washington D.C., Aug 11, 2014 / 12:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholics in various parts of the U.S. have organized efforts to pray for peace in Iraq, especially for persecuted Christians. The chairman of the U.S. bishops’ international justice and peace committee, Bishop Richard Pates of Des Moines, has called for collective prayer for peace in Iraq on Aug. 17 using a prayer written by the Chaldean Patriarch of Babylon. “Lord, the plight of our country is deep and the suffering … [Read more...]

In Korea, Pope Francis to visit cemetery for aborted babies

Vatican City, Aug 10, 2014 / 04:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- During his upcoming trip to South Korea, Pope Francis will pray for the unborn at the “Cemetery for Aborted Children” as part of his visit to the Kkottoghnae Home for the sick. Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi also noted in an Aug. 8 press conference that the Pope will deliver his addresses in English and will follow local customs such as removing his shoes before entering certain places. The Kkttongnae Home … [Read more...]

Pope appeals for peace in Iraq, Gaza during Sunday angelus

Vatican City, Aug 10, 2014 / 06:23 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After leading faithful in the Marian prayer, Pope Francis again urged prayers and international help for the current conflict in Iraq and Gaza, revealing that his personal envoy to Iraq will leave Monday. “Dear brothers and sisters: The news reports coming from Iraq leave us in dismay and disbelief: thousands of people, including many Christians, driven from their homes in a brutal manner,” the pontiff stated during his Aug. … [Read more...]

Root fraternity in faith, cardinals tell Knights of Columbus

Orlando, Fla., Aug 9, 2014 / 04:56 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Two cardinals addressed the Knights of Columbus’ States Dinner in Orlando on Tuesday, exhorting them to practice Catholic fraternity and to continue their charitable work. “Do not wait just to do great things, spectacular events that are noteworthy. Love as Jesus did, every moment of every day. Love every person that you encounter on your path,” Cardinal Gerald Lacroix of Quebec said in his keynote address at the Aug. 5 … [Read more...]