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Central Americans fleeing violence can't return home yet, bishops warn

10/18/2017 - 7:04am
Washington D.C., Oct 18, 2017 / 06:04 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- As a temporary immigration permit program for families fleeing violence in Honduras and El Salvador is set to expire, the U.S. bishops warn that requiring immigrants to return to unsafe countries is unjust.

Wealthy donors working to limit 'inappropriate' religious freedom

10/18/2017 - 4:51am
Denver, Colo., Oct 18, 2017 / 03:51 am (EWTN News/CNA).- A network of wealthy donors is funding a series of well-organized lobbying campaigns to restrict legal protections for religious freedom, in order to advance access to abortion and LGBT causes.

US bishops call for health care protection for the most vulnerable

10/17/2017 - 8:04am
Washington D.C., Oct 17, 2017 / 07:04 am (EWTN News/CNA).- In the wake of an executive order issued by the Trump administration halting federal assistance for certain insurance plans, the U.S. bishops reaffirmed that helping to protect low-income persons and the vulnerable is of the utmost importance.

A modern horror: global persecution of Christians at historic peak, report says

10/17/2017 - 5:02am
New York City, N.Y., Oct 17, 2017 / 04:02 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- Anti-Christian persecution is "worse than at any time in history" and in many cases genocide and other crimes against humanity "now mean that the Church in core countries and regions faces the possibility of imminent wipe-out," says a new report from Aid to the Church in Need.

Department of Justice announces settlement in HHS mandate suits

10/16/2017 - 11:45am
Washington D.C., Oct 16, 2017 / 10:45 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- A week after issuing new religious freedom guidelines to all administrative agencies in the federal government, the U.S. Department of Justice has settled with more than 70 plaintiffs who had challenged the controversial HHS contraceptive mandate.

Callista Gingrich confirmed as US Ambassador to the Vatican

10/16/2017 - 6:46am
Washington D.C., Oct 16, 2017 / 05:46 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- On Monday, the U.S. Senate confirmed Callista Gingrich, wife of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, as the next U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See. The vote was 70-23.

'No science' behind transgender therapy for kids, doctors warn

10/15/2017 - 5:57am
Washington D.C., Oct 15, 2017 / 04:57 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- Children who struggle to match their gender identity with their biological sex should not be pushed into transgender therapies, but given treatments that help treat the underlying cause of the dysphoria, said doctors in the field.

US bishops laud attorney general's new religious freedom protections

10/13/2017 - 3:46am
Washington D.C., Oct 13, 2017 / 02:46 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- Following an announcement by the U.S. Attorney General detailing 20 principles of religious liberty for all government agencies and executive departments to follow, the U.S. bishops have praised the government's reaffirmation of religious freedom protections.

Indiana parish defends First Communion dress code barring girls in pants

10/13/2017 - 2:04am
Gary, Ind., Oct 13, 2017 / 01:04 pm (EWTN News).- An Indiana parish's First Communion dress code for children has generated media controversy after a girl was barred from wearing a pantsuit while receiving the sacrament.

The future of the US Church is missionary encounter, nuncio says

10/13/2017 - 2:02am
Jefferson City, Mo., Oct 13, 2017 / 01:02 am (EWTN News/CNA).- The American cultural situation poses great challenges, but these can be overcome through a missionary renewal following Pope Francis' proposed "culture of encounter," said the apostolic nuncio to the U.S.

A Boston mall chapel will house the relics of three saints

10/12/2017 - 8:04am
Boston, Mass., Oct 12, 2017 / 07:04 am (EWTN News/CNA).- Relics of St. Faustina Kowalska, St. Maximilian Kolbe, and St. John Paul II will be coming to a Boston mall's Catholic chapel, and a local priest hopes they will help mall patrons encounter the reality of Christian love.

Bishop Vasa on California fires: 'Our diocese has been hit hard'

10/12/2017 - 5:01am
Santa Rosa, Calif., Oct 12, 2017 / 04:01 am (EWTN News/CNA).- While firefighters in northern California are currently battling 17 wildfires in five counties, Bishop Robert Vasa of the Diocese of Santa Rosa, one of the hardest hit areas, is typing updates and messages of support from his car, in between visits to evacuation centers.

Iowa district judge praised for upholding three-day wait for abortions

10/12/2017 - 4:23am
Des Moines, Iowa, Oct 12, 2017 / 03:23 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- An Iowa judge upheld the state's three-day waiting period for abortions last week, drawing praise from local pro-life organizations such as the Iowa Catholic Conference, who called the ruling a "positive move."

Don't ignore children suffering war and separation, Holy See tells UN

10/12/2017 - 2:08am
New York City, N.Y., Oct 12, 2017 / 01:08 am (EWTN News/CNA).- Armed conflicts brings out "the most vicious forms of violence against children" and the world must act to aid the young victims of violence and all unaccompanied children worldwide, the Holy See has said at the United Nations.

Six years ago, this Catholic college was the first to sue over the HHS mandate

10/11/2017 - 5:59am
Charlotte, N.C., Oct 11, 2017 / 04:59 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- It has been six years since Belmont Abbey College, a Catholic liberal arts school near Charlotte, North Carolina, filed the first lawsuit challenging the federal contraception mandate.

Repeal of Clean Power Plan will hurt poor communities, Catholic leaders insist

10/11/2017 - 2:04am
Washington D.C., Oct 11, 2017 / 01:04 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- After the Trump administration announced a repeal of emissions standards, Catholic leaders warned it could hurt poor communities and thwart long-term efforts to fight climate change.

Bishop: Trump's immigration principles will harm the vulnerable

10/10/2017 - 6:41am
Washington D.C., Oct 10, 2017 / 05:41 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- After US President Donald Trump asked Congress to pass stricter immigration laws if they plan to grant legal status to certain undocumented immigrants, one bishop said Trump's proposals would hurt the vulnerable.

Why did Twitter reject this pro-life ad?

10/10/2017 - 4:52am
Washington D.C., Oct 10, 2017 / 03:52 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- A political advertisement for pro-life Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) has been blocked by Twitter for statements about Planned Parenthood selling fetal body parts for medical research.

Don't rush to judge Columbus, anthropologist encourages

10/09/2017 - 12:33pm
Providence, R.I., Oct 9, 2017 / 11:33 am (EWTN News/CNA).- The controversies surrounding Christopher Columbus are sometimes misplaced and should not overshadow Columbus' Christian motives in his voyages,  a scholar of religious studies and anthropology has said.

Robert George reflects on Trump admin's latest religious liberty moves

10/09/2017 - 5:59am
Washington D.C., Oct 9, 2017 / 04:59 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- Two sets of announcements by the Department of Justice and the Department of Health and Human Services issued Friday both promise to broaden religious freedom protections in the United States.