Washington D.C., Jun 19, 2013 / 05:22 pm ( CNA/EWTN News ).- Amid reports that blind pro-life activist Chen Guangcheng is being asked to leave New York University, some human rights defenders are worried that the decision may have been influenced by the Chinese government. “I have worked on other high-profile human rights cases just like this, and I’ve never known a case to bring such a high-profile, world-class human rights defender, and say ‘your time is up,’” Rep. Chris Smith (R- N.J.) told CNA, adding that the university’s actions bear “the hallmarks of pressure.” While New York University officials say that the fellowship offered to Chen was always intended to be temporary, the pro-life activist said that the Chinese government exerted pressure on the university after he began speaking out on human rights abuses in his home country
Washington D.C., Jun 18, 2013 / 05:22 pm ( CNA/EWTN News ).- Despite passing the U.S. House of Representatives, a bill to prohibit abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy faces an uncertain future as President Obama's administration has suggested that he will veto it. “(S)cience is on our side,” Representative Marsha Blackburn, (R- Tenn.) told MSNBC in an interview
Washington D.C., Jun 17, 2013 / 05:10 pm ( CNA/EWTN News ).- The U.S. bishops’ point man on pro-life issues is calling on federal legislators to support a bill that would ban late-term abortions after unborn children are able to feel pain. “(O)ur citizens were deeply shaken by the revelations of Dr.
Washington D.C., Jun 17, 2013 / 12:23 pm ( CNA ).- A new website launched by the U.S. bishops’ communication department and the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America is striving to provide internet safety advice for families. The site, www.faithandsafety.org , aims to be a resource for parents wanting to help their children navigate the internet, mobile devices and other technologies safely and within a “faith framework.” Along with its associated Facebook and Twitter accounts, the website offers resources aimed at both internet safety and growing in faith
Washington D.C., Jun 13, 2013 / 05:32 pm ( CNA/EWTN News ).- Speaking before a congressional subcommittee, religious liberty experts warned that a U.S. law passed 15 years ago to promote international religious freedom needs stronger enforcement. “This hearing is important because religious freedom is important: it is a pivotal human right that is both central to U.S.
Colorado Springs, Colo., Jun 13, 2013 / 03:48 pm ( CNA/EWTN News ).- A massive forest fire in Colorado Springs has destroyed more homes than any previous fire in the state, prompting the local Catholic Charities head to ask for prayers for the victims and for an end to the blaze. “Prayers are really going to be our greatest resource here,” said Mark Rohlena, president of Catholic Charities of Central Colorado, on June 13
Grand Rapids, Mich., Jun 13, 2013 / 04:03 am ( CNA/EWTN News ).- An encounter with a pro-life center that had previously served as both a house of worship and an abortion clinic at different times in its history has left a lasting impression on one pro-life leader.
Washington D.C., Jun 12, 2013 / 05:04 pm ( CNA/EWTN News ).- A U.S.
Pittsburgh, Pa., Jun 12, 2013 / 12:01 am ( CNA ).- Bishop David A. Zubik of Pittsburgh voiced dismay over the lack of respect shown to religious beliefs when a local college student publicly dressed up as a Pope, though nude from the waist-down. On April 18, Katherine O'Connor – a student at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh – participated in a campus parade, passing out condoms while dressed from the waist-up as a pontiff, but otherwise naked
Washington D.C., Jun 11, 2013 / 02:07 pm ( CNA/EWTN News ).- Citing the health and wellbeing of young girls, critics slammed the Obama administration’s decision to allow children of any age to purchase “emergency contraception” over-the-counter.
New York City, N.Y., Jun 10, 2013 / 02:30 pm ( CNA/EWTN News ).- Stressing that immigration reform is needed to “correct injustices,” Cardinal Timothy M.
Denver, Colo., Jun 9, 2013 / 06:06 am ( CNA/EWTN News ).- On June 9 the Catholic Church commemorates the sixth-century Irish monk and missionary Saint Columba of Iona, also known as St. Columcille