Faith groups unite to stress need for HHS mandate exemptions

Washington D.C., Jul 2, 2013 / 05:18 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- More than 100 religious leaders from various faith backgrounds are asking the U.S. government to respect the beliefs of those who oppose the demands of the controversial HHS mandate.“As the Catholic bishops have said from the very beginning, the underlying issue with the HHS Mandate is not about any specific teaching,” stated Archbishop of Baltimore William E. Lori, who chairs the U.S. bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee for … [Read more...]

Online video highlights Pope Francis’ vocational path

Rome, Italy, Jul 2, 2013 / 04:01 pm (CNA).- A new animated video in 15 different languages is helping Catholics and non-Catholics learn more about Pope Francis in a simple way.Entitled “Meet Pope Francis (in 4 minutes),” the video is posted on the website Catholic Link and recounts the Holy Father’s journey through the roles of priest, bishop, cardinal and Pope.It stresses his humility and simplicity, choosing to live in a small apartment, cooking his own meals and riding … [Read more...]

US bishops support nuclear disarmament, Middle East peace efforts

Washington D.C., Jul 2, 2013 / 12:13 pm (CNA).- In a letter to President Barack Obama, two leaders of the U.S. bishops voiced support for continued efforts towards nuclear disarmament, as well as peace between Israel and Palestine.“In Berlin, you recently reiterated a vision of a world without nuclear weapons, a vision that the Catholic Church has long supported,” wrote Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York and Bishop Robert E. Pates of Des Moines in a June 25 letter.Cardinal … [Read more...]

Take courage in your weakness, Pope Francis teaches

Vatican City, Jul 2, 2013 / 10:20 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his homily at daily Mass in the Vatican's Saint Martha House, Pope Francis said Christians must have the courage to flee from the temptation to sin by turning to the Lord when they are weak. “We are weak, but we must be courageous in our weakness. And often our courage must be expressed in escaping without looking back, so as not to fall into the trap of wicked nostalgia,” preached the Bishop of Rome July … [Read more...]

Courage conference to minister to those with same-sex attraction

Bridgeport, Conn., Jul 2, 2013 / 04:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Courage apostolate's upcoming annual conference seeks to strengthen the faith, and the confidence in Christ of Catholics who have same-sex attraction, helping them to live their call to chastity. “The Church finds herself in the unhappy situation of having to say ‘no’ to things she knows to be contrary to the human good,” Fr. Paul Check, director of Courage, told CNA July 1. “But whenever … [Read more...]

Lincoln bishop: strengthen faith to restore religious freedom

Lincoln, Neb., Jul 2, 2013 / 12:07 am (CNA).- The recent threats against religious freedom are an opportunity for the faithful to grow closer to God through prayer, fasting and penance, said Bishop James C. Conley of Lincoln, Neb., in a recent column.“When God’s people start living like everyone else, there is trouble in store,” he said in a June 27 article for the Southern Nebraska Register.Throughout the Old Testament, he explained, we see that as the Israelites … [Read more...]

Hobby Lobby gets temporary reprieve from mandate fines

Washington D.C., Jul 1, 2013 / 05:57 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A district court has ruled that the national craft chain Hobby Lobby may move forward with its lawsuit against the federal contraception mandate without being penalized for violating the regulation.“Hobby Lobby and the Green family faced the terrible choice of violating their faith or paying massive fines starting this Monday morning,” said Kyle Duncan, general counsel with the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which … [Read more...]


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