Pope selects Michigan priest to become bishop

Lansing, Mich., Jun 30, 2014 / 03:15 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has named Monsignor Steven J. Raica of the Diocese of Lansing to become the next bishop of Gaylord, Mich. “In these days, as I prepare myself to serve the People of God in the northern part of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula as a new bishop, I offer my praise and gratitude to the Lord Jesus whose presence in my life has enabled me to experience an abundance of life,” Bishop-designate Raica said June … [Read more...]

EWTN granted emergency relief from contraception mandate

Washington D.C., Jun 30, 2014 / 01:15 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The EWTN Global Catholic Network has secured temporary emergency relief against the federal contraception mandate one day before it would have gone into effect. “We are thankful that the Eleventh Circuit protected our right to religious freedom while we pursue our case in court,” said Michael Warsaw, chairman and CEO of EWTN. “We want to continue to practice the same Catholic faith that we preach to the world every … [Read more...]

Hartford archbishop: receiving pallium a ‘moving’ experience

Vatican City, Jun 30, 2014 / 10:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After receiving the pallium from Pope Francis on Sunday’s feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, Archbishop Leonard Blair expressed that the “beautiful” moment serves as a reminder of the basics of his ministry. Referring to the “ancient tradition of the pallium which the Pope confers on metropolitan archbishops,” Archbishop Blair explained to CNA June 29 that “in recent years it’s been done on this feast … [Read more...]

Supreme Court upholds religious freedom for Hobby Lobby

Washington D.C., Jun 30, 2014 / 08:17 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On June 30, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Hobby Lobby and similar employers cannot be forced to comply with the federal contraception mandate against their religious beliefs. In a 5-4 decision, the court ruled that the federal government had failed to prove that the mandate was the least restrictive means of advancing its goal of providing free birth control to women. The court said that the mandate cannot be applied to … [Read more...]

Pope Francis: Church grows from the blood of the martyrs

Vatican City, Jun 30, 2014 / 07:16 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis focused his homily for the feast of the First Roman Martyrs on the witness of martyrdom, and prayed for all who continue to be persecuted for their faith, particularly in the Middle East. “The Church grows thanks to the blood of the martyrs. This is the beauty of martyrdom,” the Pope observed in his June 30 daily Mass. “It begins with witness, day after day, and it can end like Jesus, the first martyr, … [Read more...]

Ultimate freedom means choosing the good, bishop says

Lincoln, Neb., Jun 29, 2014 / 04:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop James Conley joined other religious leaders in Lincoln, Neb. for a prayer service for religious liberty, reminding those present that choosing goodness is what constitutes ultimate freedom. “We are set free by Christ so that we can love as God loves,” the bishop said June 27. “Freedom is the responsibility to choose goodness over profit, or comfort, or consequence. As the letter of St. James says, freedom is … [Read more...]

Feast of Peter and Paul celebrates God’s mercy, Pope says

Vatican City, Jun 29, 2014 / 09:39 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his Sunday Angelus on the Feast of Peter and Paul, Pope Francis called the faithful to open themselves to the transforming power of God’s grace and mercy in their own lives. “Since ancient times the Roman Church celebrates the Apostles Peter and Paul in one unique feast on the same day, June 29,” the Pope observed. He explained that “this feast inspires in us a great joy, because it confronts us with … [Read more...]