The Brooklyn brouhaha over Jewish women and swimming pools

Brooklyn, N.Y., Jun 7, 2016 / 04:49 pm (CNA).- A swimming pool in New York City has recently come under fire for its women-only swimming hours.The policy was put in place to allow Hasidic Jewish women in the area, whose religion forbids them to swim with men, a chance to use the pool on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings, and Sunday afternoons.Although the Brooklyn pool has kept some women-only hours since the 1990s, the practice only came to the attention of the wider public when someone … [Read more...]

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Mexican president’s party hit with ‘protest vote’ over gay marriage

Mexico City, Mexico, Jun 7, 2016 / 04:19 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Just a few weeks after Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto announced measures to legalize gay marriage and homosexual adoption throughout the country, his party suffered a severe setback in the June 5 elections.Leading pro-family advocates have described the situation as a “protest vote” against the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), to which the president belongs.Elections were held June 5 for governor … [Read more...]

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Leprosy is still a problem…and these religious leaders are working to fight it

Vatican City, Jun 7, 2016 / 03:55 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- While many in the developed world might consider leprosy a thing of the biblical past, the illness – officially called Hansen’s Disease – is still a problem for less-advanced nations coated with social stigma.In order to address the problem, representatives of the world’s major religions will gather in the Vatican to discuss ending the discrimination and marginalization of those infected with Hansen’s Disease, … [Read more...]

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Stone-throwing attack on Catholics in Israel shows a ‘culture of contempt’

Jerusalem, Israel, Jun 7, 2016 / 02:49 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Jewish youths’ stone-throwing attack on Catholics attending Mass in the Israeli city of Rehovot last month has drawn a rebuke from Church authorities.“It is sad that people in prayer, for [the] most part, women working in Rehovot Jewish homes, were the victims of a hail of stones,” said Bishop William Hanna Shomali, an auxiliary bishop of the Patriarchate of Jerusalem.The faithful were attending Mass May 28 in the … [Read more...]

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Stone-throwing attack on Catholics in Israel shows a ‘culture of contempt’

Jerusalem, Israel, Jun 7, 2016 / 02:49 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Jewish youths’ stone-throwing attack on Catholics attending Mass in the Israeli city of Rehovot last month has drawn a rebuke from Church authorities.“It is sad that people in prayer, for [the] most part, women working in Rehovot Jewish homes, were the victims of a hail of stones,” said Bishop William Hanna Shomali, an auxiliary bishop of the Patriarchate of Jerusalem.The faithful were attending Mass May 28 in the … [Read more...]

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LA archdiocese prays novena as assisted suicide law looms

Los Angeles, Calif., Jun 7, 2016 / 06:18 am (CNA/EWTN News).- California’s assisted suicide bill will go into effect on June 9, and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles is fighting back — with prayer.On June 1, Auxiliary Bishop David G. O’Connell celebrated Mass at Santa Teresita, a home for seniors in need of assisted living and nursing services. The Mass marked the beginning of a call to nine days of prayer and fasting for the elderly, disabled and terminally ill.“This is … [Read more...]

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What’s the priesthood for? Bishop Barron has some thoughts

Rome, Italy, Jun 7, 2016 / 03:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During last week's Jubilee for Priests in Rome, Bishop Robert Barron sat down for an interview with CNA where he discussed Pope Francis' view on the meaning of the priesthood.“In the vision of Pope Francis, (priests) are the key players in communicating the Divine Mercy to the world. He sees that as our primary mission,” Bishop Barron said June 3.“I think (the Pope) sees the mercy emphasis as the best way to … [Read more...]

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