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EWTN Granted Emergency Relief From HHS Contraception Mandate (4331)

The decision from the Atlanta-based 11th Circuit Court of Appeals allows the Catholic network to pursue its case in court against the federal government.

06/30/2014 Comment

ATLANTA — The EWTN Global Catholic Network has secured temporary emergency relief against the federal contraception mandate one day before it would have gone into effect.

“We are thankful that the 11th Circuit protected our right to religious freedom while we pursue our case in court,” said Michael Warsaw, chairman and CEO of EWTN, the parent company of the Register and Catholic News Agency. “We want to continue to practice the same Catholic faith that we preach to the world every day.”

Without the injunction to protect against the mandate, EWTN would have been forced to comply with its demands starting July 1 or face potential fines of more than $35,000 per day in penalties for refusing...READ MORE

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Hartford Archbishop: Receiving Pallium a ‘Moving’ Experience (1473)

Archbishop Leonard Blair was one of 24 metropolitan archbishops to receive the sign of the metropolitan office from Pope Francis on June 29.

06/30/2014 Comment
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Archbishop Leonard Blair speaks with CNA following his reception of the pallium June 29 in Rome.

– Daniel Ibáñez/CNA

VATICAN CITY — After receiving the pallium from Pope Francis on Sunday’s Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul, Archbishop Leonard Blair of Hartford, Conn., expressed that the “beautiful” moment serves as a reminder of the basics of his ministry.

Referring to the “ancient tradition of the pallium, which the Pope confers on metropolitan archbishops,” Archbishop Blair explained to CNA June 29, “In recent years it has been done on this feast of Sts. Peter and Paul here in Rome.”

“So it was a very beautiful, moving experience to be with archbishops from all over the world to receive the pallium.”

The pallium is a white woolen garment that represents the traditional and peculiar sign of the...READ MORE

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U.S. Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Hobby Lobby in HHS Case (4354)

In the closely watched decision, the high court ruled 5-4 this morning that closely held corporations cannot be required to provide contraception coverage.

06/30/2014 Comments (17)

WASHINGTON — In a key religious-freedom case, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in a 5-4 decision that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act gives protection to closely held companies like Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties from the application of the Health and Human Services' contraception mandate to their companies’ health-insurance plans.

The two Christian-owned companies had received conflicting appellate-court judgments, with one appeal court supporting Hobby Lobby’s lawsuit against the HHS mandate on the grounds it compromised the company owners’ religious faith, while another appeal court rejected a similar claim by Conestoga Wood.

The court majority concluded that the...READ MORE

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Vietnamese Immigration Bolsters Church in Western United States (1959)

The fall of Saigon and the end of the Vietnam War 40 years ago led to an exodus to the West Coast.

06/30/2014 Comments (1)

Vietnamese-American priests take part in a prayer service at the Shrine of Our Lady of La Vang in Las Vegas.

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LOS ANGELES — Forty years ago, a transformation of the Catholic Church began in the western United States, as large numbers of Vietnamese refugees fleeing communism came to America.

Many were Catholic, and after suffering much in their escape from Vietnam, they brought a renewed fervor to the Church in America.

While vocations to the priesthood were in decline among the native population — between 1965 and 2000, the annual number of priestly ordinations in the U.S. dropped by more than 50% — many young Vietnamese answered the call. The faith was brought to the country by Dominican, Franciscan and Jesuit missionaries in the 16th century and spread through French colonization of what was...READ MORE

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Boulder Defies Colorado Marriage Law With Licenses to Same-Sex Couples (2221)

The Colorado attorney general has warned that the marriage licenses are invalid until a final court ruling.

06/30/2014 Comments (3)

BOULDER, Colo. — A federal court’s ruling against Utah’s marriage amendment has triggered a controversy in Colorado, where the Boulder County Clerk’s Office has begun to hand out invalid marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

“Colorado’s constitutional prohibition on same-sex marriages remains in effect,” Colorado Attorney General John Suthers said June 25. “Any marriage licenses issued to same-sex couples in Colorado before a final court resolution of the issue are invalid.”

Although the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against Utah’s state amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman, Suthers noted that this decision had been stayed by the U.S. Supreme Court...READ MORE

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Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul Celebrates God’s Mercy, Pope Says (1613)

The transformative power of Christ is an example for all of us, the Holy Father told pilgrims Sunday.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis called the faithful during his Sunday angelus on the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul to open themselves to the transforming power of God’s grace and mercy in their own lives.

“Since ancient times, the Roman Church celebrates the apostles Peter and Paul in one unique feast on the same day, June 29,” the Pope observed.

He explained that “this feast inspires in us a great joy, because it confronts us with God’s work of mercy in the hearts of two men and God’s work of mercy in these two men, who were great sinners.”

Noting Peter’s denial of Christ during the Passion and Paul’s persecution of Christians, the Pope stressed that it was grace that “has accomplished...READ MORE

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Vatican Sources: Pope Francis Is Wearing Himself Out; Soft-Bellied Catholicism and Much More! (4407)

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Front Row With Francis: The Nature of the Church – Melanie Jean Juneau, Catholic Lane

Soft-Bellied Catholicism - Michael Lane, Catholic Stand

Curiosity, Science, and the Pope – Michael Baruzzini, Crisis Magazine

Hell: Vacancy or No Vacancy? – Matthew Tyson, Ignitum Today

The Spiritual Climb – Alex Taylor, Catholic Lane

Facebook: Five Ways It Can Bless Your Life - Birgit Jones, Catholic Stand

National Catholic Register Columnist Wins Catholic Press Awards! – Rebecca Taylor, Creative Minority Report

The One Thing You Need to Know About Fulton Sheen’s Cause – Bonnie Engstrom, Ignitum Today


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COMMENTARY: What Sts. Peter and Paul Can Teach the Clergy

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Sts. Peter and Paul, by El Greco

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Flanking the stairway leading to St. Peter’s Basilica stand two monumental figures. Like guardian gatekeepers, Sts. Peter and Paul keep watch over the Church founded by Christ on their joint witness. Standing over 18 feet tall, the colossal statues were commissioned by Pope Pius IX on Easter 1847 to replace the existing smaller ones. The image of St. Peter was sculpted by Giuseppe De Fabris, and St. Paul was done by Adamo Tadolini in 1848.

On June 29 each year, the Church celebrates the feast of these two great pillars as one. This is also the traditional time for priestly ordinations: These two saints stand not only for the foundation of the Catholic Church, but the two great strengths...READ MORE

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