With laws set to threaten religious liberty in DC, Senate is last legal hope

Washington D.C., Mar 19, 2015 / 05:11 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- With religious freedom under assault in the U.S. capital, the Archdiocese of Washington is rallying behind its “only legislative recourse” left. The archdiocese announced its support of “two resolutions disapproving the unprecedented attack on religious freedom” in the District of Columbia. It was joined by a number of religious and pro-life groups in its support of the resolutions, which were introduced by … [Read more...]

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Automatic excommunication for bishop over illicit ordination

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Mar 19, 2015 / 02:24 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After having his previous excommunication lifted in 2009, Bishop Richard Williamson has again incurred the canonical penalty upon illicitly ordaining another priest as bishop on March 19. Bishop Williamson was one of four priests who were consecrated bishops without pontifical mandate by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre in 1988; all five incurred a 'latae sententiae', or automatic, excommunication, which was removed by … [Read more...]

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Pope condemns Tunisia attack as act against ‘the sacredness of life’

Vatican City, Mar 19, 2015 / 11:44 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On behalf of Pope Francis, the Vatican’s Secretariat of State has sent a letter to the archbishop of Tunisia, assuring him of the Pope’s prayers after yesterday’s deadly terrorist attack killed at least 23 people. In the March 19 telegram, Pope Francis called the attack “(an act) against peace and the sacredness of human life.” He said that he unites with prayer “to the suffering of the families (of the victims) and to all those affected by … [Read more...]

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Want a happy marriage? Save sex for ‘I do,’ new study finds

Denver, Colo., Mar 19, 2015 / 04:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- We've all heard the popular American rhyme about relationships: First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes baby in a baby carriage. However, thanks to the current phenomenon of the 'hookup culture,' the traditional American family is rearranging to conform to the structure of modern, noncommittal relationships: first comes sex, then comes cohabitation, then maybe a baby, and possibly marriage. In fact, the sequence … [Read more...]

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Congolese bishop condemns priest’s murder as an ‘infernal act’

Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mar 19, 2015 / 02:04 am (Aid to the Church in Need).- A bishop from the Democratic Republic of the Congo has condemned last month’s murder of one of his priests in the strongest possible terms. Bishop Théophile Kaboy Ruboneka of Goma, in a letter to the country’s apostolic nuncio, a copy of which was obtained by international Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need, condemned the Feb. 25 murder of Father Jean-Paul Kakule in the … [Read more...]

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Children of gay and lesbian parents write letter of support to Dolce, Gabbana

Milan, Italy, Mar 19, 2015 / 12:08 am (CNA).- The designers behind luxury Italian fashion label Dolce & Gabbana triggered a barrage of controversy after expressing support for traditional marriage and families last weekend in an interview with the Italian magazine Panorama. On Monday, six children (now adults) raised by same-sex parents in the United States wrote a letter supporting the designers, thanking them for speaking up for the rights of children to both a mother and a … [Read more...]

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San Francisco cathedral sprinkler aimed for safety, not homeless

San Francisco, Calif., Mar 18, 2015 / 05:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- San Francisco’s cathedral installed a special sprinkler system to wash out “needles, feces and other dangerous items” from its doorways – and never intended to remove homeless people sleeping there, the archdiocese has explained in the face of media attacks. “The problem was particularly dangerous because students and elderly people regularly pass these locations on their way to school and Mass … [Read more...]

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