Obama admin. drops appeals in three for-profit mandate cases

Washington D.C., Sep 4, 2014 / 04:47 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Religious freedom advocates are voicing hope as the Obama administration drops its appeal in three lawsuits involving for-profit companies that object to the federal contraception mandate. The Department of Justice has dropped its appeals in The Seneca Hardwood Lumber Company v. Burwell, Armstrong v. Burwell, and Briscoe v. Burwell, according to Alliance Defending Freedom, which is representing numerous individuals and organizations … [Read more...]

Analyst: Vatican regards Islamic State as waging a ‘war of religion’

Vatican City, Sep 4, 2014 / 04:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- According to prominent Vatican analyst Sandro Magister, the Holy See views the aggression of the Islamic State as a religious war, and believes that international action taken so far is inadequate. In a Sept. 4 post on his Settimo Cielo blog at l'Espresso, Magister made note of an editorial which appeared in the most recent issue of La Civiltà Cattolica, the Jesuits' Italian-language cultural review. “Obviously, to … [Read more...]

Spanish cardinal: My ‘agenda’ will be bringing others to Christ

Madrid, Spain, Sep 4, 2014 / 01:16 pm (CNA).- The Spanish newspaper La Razon has published an interview with recently-named archbishop of Valencia, Cardinal Antonio Canizares Llovera, who says he is thankful to God and to the Pope for his transfer to the Spanish archdiocese.   Originally from Valencia, Cardinal Canizares is returning to his native land after serving for several years as prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship. “Although I have been away for a long time, I … [Read more...]

Pope Francis: Decadent Christians have forgotten Christ

Vatican City, Sep 4, 2014 / 09:42 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily on Thursday, Pope Francis spoke on the importance of having an encounter with Christ, saying without it one becomes lukewarm and unable to evangelize. “If a Christian is not able to feel themselves a sinner and saved by the blood of Christ, this crucified one, they are a half-way Christian, a tepid Christian,” Pope Francis told mass attendees Sept. 4. “When we find decadent churches, when we find … [Read more...]

Suspension of Fulton Sheen’s cause expected to be temporary

Rome, Italy, Sep 4, 2014 / 07:32 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In the wake of the suspension of Archbishop Fulton Sheen's cause for canonization due to an ownership dispute of his remains, the office promoting his sainthood says it doesn't expect the halt to last long. Postulator Dr. Andrea Ambrosi “has been aware of the issue regarding the transfer of Archbishop Sheen's remains, but does not believe that this will be a lasting impediment,” his office said in comments made to … [Read more...]

Pope Francis is a ‘son of the Church’ on pro-life issues

Rome, Italy, Sep 4, 2014 / 04:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has drawn praise for his firm pro-life stance as well as his approach to the topic – which goes to the heart of the issue and teaches the Church how to truly embrace humanity. “I believe he has a very integral approach to teaching the faith. In other words, anything that we teach as a Church he adheres to 1,000 percent. Like he said, 'I am a son of the Church,'” pro-life activist Father Frank Pavone … [Read more...]

Scottish bishops encourage voting in independence referendum

Edinburgh, Scotland, Sep 4, 2014 / 04:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Multiple Scottish bishops have appealed to Catholics to vote in the Sept. 18 referendum which will decide whether or not Scotland will become independent of the United Kingdom. “Along with the Bishops of Scotland, who are deeply conscious of the importance of this referendum, I encourage and urge all those eligible to vote to do so with complete freedom of choice and in accordance with their prayerful judgment of what is best … [Read more...]


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