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Lonely but determined, pro-life Democrats speak up

Denver, Colo., Jul 31, 2018 / 02:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Former Michigan Congressman Bart Stupak has one word to sum up the plight of the pro-life …

Democratic Party

A Chilean prosecutor goes after the Catholic Church | Reuters.com

Police and prosecutors have staged raids on Roman Catholic Church offices in Chile looking for evidence of sex crimes the Church had not reported to police.<p>▲ Hide Transcript<p>▶ View Transcript<p>Police and prosecutors have staged raids on Roman Catholic Church offices in Chile looking for evidence of …

Catholicism

Court rules Haredi political parties must let women run for office

"This is an important step on the historic path on the way to integrating women in politics and preventing all parties from submitting lists that do …

Israel

God and Party in America

An op-ed in the <i>New York Times</i> on July 14 caught our attention: “We Pick a Party, Then a Church.” The author, Michele Margolis, an assistant professor …

Americans With No Religion Greatly Outnumber Those Powerful White Evangelicals

It’s relatively well-known that the portion of the U.S. population with no religious affiliation has been steadily increasing recently. And for those …

On the National Day of Prayer: Let us pray that our nation is on God's side

Today is the National Day of Prayer. As a Christian, and a priest at that, every day is a day of prayer for me. But I am still grateful our nation sets aside a day for prayer.<p>Prayer changes people. Every time I pray, I know that it changes me and my life. Sometimes, I am even blessed to see change …

Trump signs order to protect religious freedom, establishes new White House faith initiative

During the annual National Day of Prayer commemoration at the White House on Thursday, President Trump signed the latest executive order of his …

Father of Black Liberation Theology, the Rev. Dr. James Cone, Dies at 79

It seems appropriate that the Rev. Dr. James Hal Cone—radical Christian, father of black liberation theology, soldier against white supremacy, …

Nevada leader to give first Hindu prayer in Oklahoma Senate

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A spiritual leader from Nevada will deliver the Oklahoma Senate's first Hindu prayer, part of an interfaith movement in a …

Colin Kaepernick is named Amnesty International’s Ambassador of Conscience

<b>San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (AP/Marcio Jose Sanchez)</b><p>Kaepernick was decorated with Amnesty International’s highest honor for speaking out about racial injustice<p>Charlie May<p>April 22, 2018 4:19pm (UTC)<p>Ex-NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick was honored with Amnesty International's …

Amnesty International

The Pious Presidency of Jimmy Carter

<b>FAITH</b> <b><br>A Journey for All</b><br>By Jimmy Carter<br>179 pp. Simon & Schuster. $25.99.<p>When Billy Graham died recently, we were treated to a roll call of presidents whom Graham had visited in the White House to impart the kind of cheap-grace blessing only he could dispense. One name was missing from this list: …

Evangelicals Have Displaced Catholics As the Anti-Abortion Movement’s Base

Looking at an article in the Washington <i>Post</i> about the frenetic activity in many states since 2010 aimed at enacting abortion restrictions, some in …

Pro-life Movement

Saudi Arabia criticised for 48 beheadings in four months of 2018

Rights group says half of those executed by ‘notorious’ system were on non-violent charges<p>Saudi Arabia has executed 48 people in the past four months, half of them on non-violent drug charges, Human Rights Watch has said.<p>The US-based group urged the kingdom to improve what it called a “notoriously …

Saudi Arabia

Photo of praying students should be celebrated, so why is it sparking anti-Christian hatred instead?

Who knew that a photo of a few high school seniors saying grace in a restaurant before their prom would inspire a wave of anti-Christian prejudice?<p>A great many Christians and conservatives for one. While most forms of prejudice are now frowned upon, hatred and discrimination against Christians is …

Brazil's indigenous people protest against land threats

Brazil's indigenous tribes are calling for environmental protections for their land in this year's annual protest. A rule approved in 2017 changed …

Chicago church leaders unite to oppose massive tax threat to religious groups

Chicago, Ill., Apr 21, 2018 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Religious leaders in Chicago are fighting to end a lawsuit filed by an atheist group that …

Religion

League of the South Works to Take Over Churches

Key members of a white supremacist organization, the League of the South (LOS), are moving to take control of conservative churches around the South, …

Religion

Can You Get An Exorcism From a Catholic Priest Over the Phone?

This year's course in exorcism suggest the answer might be...yes?<p>For over a decade, the Roman Catholic Church has been offering an exorcism course, where attendees learn step-by-step approaches to recognize the devil, distinguish possession from mental illness, and cast away demons. This year's …

Christianity

Vatican to hold exorcist training course after 'rise in possessions'

Critics warn exorcism can be a form of spiritual abuse as priests report jump in possession claims<p>The Vatican is to hold a training course for priests in exorcism next month amid claims that demands for deliverance from demonic possession have greatly increased across the the world.<p>The …

The Latest: Pope Francis asks forgiveness for host of sins

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Latest on Vatican ceremonies for Good Friday (all times local):<p>11 p.m.<p>Pope Francis is asking forgiveness for a host of …

Christianity

Houston megachurch pastor, accomplice bilked investors out of more than $1M: Feds

SHREVEPORT, La. -- A federal grand jury has indicted a Houston Texas pastor and a Louisiana financial planner with bilking investors out of more than …

The Democrats Abandon Catholics

If you value religious education or life’s sanctity, you’re not welcome in the party.<p>A couple of events over the past few weeks brought to mind two towering people who had a tremendous effect on the Archdiocese of New York and the U.S. more broadly. Their witness is worth remembering, especially in …

Civil Rights

Pope Francis: How do you pray when someone asks you to pray for him?

If you're praying for someone, be ready to argue for what you want. This is intercessory prayer, says pope.<p>If you’ve agreed to pray for someone, …

Is Mixing Faith And Politics Worth The Risk?

Three of my predecessors died because they were involved in politics. You would have thought that we might have learned to stay quiet - but that's …

Christians come under threat in Pakistan: ‘No one accused of blasphemy is ever safe’

By Pamela Constable<p>, Bureau chief<p>DHAIR, Pakistan — It was a quiet February morning when the mob of men in green turbans came surging through the alleys of a run-down Christian neighborhood in this town outside Lahore. Some carried cans of fuel. They were hunting for a young man named Patras Masih, …

White evangelical Christians really only care about one thing -- and everything else is a sham

<i>Abortion is murder.</i><p>That refrain played in my head as I closed the curtain in the polling booth, the sounds of the social hall echoing around me. The …

Vatican convicts ex-Guam archbishop accused of abuse

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican on Friday removed the suspended Guam archbishop from office and ordered him not to return to the Pacific island after …

Guam

The Amish and Photography

It is commonly said that Amish don't like having their photos taken. "No photos please" signs are common in Amish communities. Most Amish today will …