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New York assisted suicide bill draws fire from disability rights group

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New York City, N.Y., Apr 24, 2018 / 03:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Disability rights activists are speaking out in opposition to a proposal in New York that would legalize physician assisted suicide. The Medical Aid in Dying Act, or bill A.2383-A, would amend the current public health law to legalize assisted suicide for mentally competent, […]

Incoming pro-life chair to keynote National Catholic Prayer Breakfast

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Washington D.C., Apr 23, 2018 / 03:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The keynote speaker at the 2018 National Catholic Prayer Breakfast will be Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City, incoming chairman of the US bishops’ pro-life committee. The breakfast will be held May 24 in Washington, DC. Naumann became the 11th bishop of the Archdiocese of […]

Could a California bill ban Christian teaching on homosexuality?

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Sacramento, Calif., Apr 22, 2018 / 04:59 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A proposed law in California could have a chilling effect on free speech, warn critics who fear that it could ban efforts to explain and promote Christian teaching on sexual morality. “The broad reach of AB 2942 leaves even simple religious speech on same-sex attraction […]

Encouragement a strong factor in priesthood discernment, study finds

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Washington D.C., Apr 21, 2018 / 04:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A strong majority of the 430 men who are about to be ordained to the Catholic priesthood in the United States come from families where both parents were Catholic, and had several friends encouraging them in their vocation. The findings were from the annual survey […]

Spiritual guidance belongs in politics, Bishop Tobin says

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Providence, R.I., Apr 20, 2018 / 01:55 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Speaking out on political issues is not only a right, but a duty, for religious leaders, said Bishop Thomas J. Tobin of Providence in a recent interview. “What we try and do is take the Gospel, the basis of our faith, and apply it to […]

How a new Utah law is promoting marriage prep classes

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Salt Lake City, Utah, Apr 20, 2018 / 12:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Utah is encouraging its citizens to better prepare for marriage by discounting the cost of marriage licenses for couples who complete marriage preparation classes. The law, signed March 20 by Utah Governor Gary Herbert, will discount marriage licenses by $20 for couples who […]

Vietnamese pastor who was jailed for faith says it was ‘God’s gift to me’

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Washington D.C., Apr 19, 2018 / 04:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After surviving six years of imprisonment and torture, Vietnamese pastor Nguyen Cong Chinh told CNA that prayer sustained him through his physical suffering and pain. In 2011, the evangelical pastor was charged with “undermining national solidarity” for conducting his Christian ministry with the Montagnard ethnic […]

Five things Catholics can do to support international religious liberty

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Washington D.C., Apr 19, 2018 / 03:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- At the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom Summit on Wednesday, Robert George shared five steps Catholics can take to support religious freedom at home and abroad. “We need to remember we are our brother’s keepers,” George, a Princeton professor who has twice served as […]

Appeals court blocks Ohio law defunding Planned Parenthood

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Cincinnati, Ohio, Apr 19, 2018 / 02:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An Ohio law which blocked federal taxpayer funding to Planned Parenthood clinics in the state was struck down by a federal appeals court on Wednesday. The law, which was signed by Governor John Kasich in 2016, prohibited federal taxpayer money from going to clinics that […]