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U.S. Ambassador: Pope Draws Global Attention to Modern Slavery (1733)

The Vatican and U.S. have been working closely together to address human trafficking, shared Ambassador Ken Hackett.

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U.S. ambassador to the Holy See Kenneth Hackett

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VATICAN CITY — Ken Hackett, U.S. ambassador to the Holy See, has praised the attention Pope Francis is giving to the “scourge” of human trafficking, and he spoke of the collaborative initiatives between the U.S. and the Vatican aimed at the eradication of slavery in the modern world.

“These days, when the Pope speaks on any issue, it raises the attention level worldwide, and he has done that specifically with human trafficking, calling it a ‘scourge,’” the ambassador told CNA.

“I actually saw the note he wrote to one of the archbishops who heads the Pontifical Academy [of Sciences], saying, ‘What are you doing about this?’” Hackett said. “So the Pope has given this special attention.”


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Vatican Grieves Deaths of Three Kidnapped Israeli Teenagers (3136)

The statement on behalf of Pope Francis called the murders ‘abominable and unacceptable,’ but warned against feeding further hatred.

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VATICAN CITY — Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi released a statement voicing Pope Francis' condolences over three kidnapped Israeli teenagers found dead on Monday outside a Palestinian town.   

“The news of the death of three young Israelis that had disappeared is terrible and tragic,” the June 30 statement said.

“The murder of innocent people is always an abominable and unacceptable crime and an important obstacle in the way of peace, for which we must continue to work restlessly and for which we need to pray.”

It added, “Violence only begets more violence and feeds the deadly circle of hate.”

Three Israeli teenagers, Gilad Shaer and Naftali Fraenkel, both 16, and Eyal...READ MORE

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An Embarrassment of Vocations; What To Start an Argument, Say Yoga, If You Summon Satan and More! (5577)

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Re-Freed Sudanese Woman: “I Am a Christian, and I Will Remain a Christian” - Gabriel Said Reynolds, First Things

Want to Start an Argument? Just Say Yoga – Patti Maguire Armstrong, Catholic Stand

The Fault in Our Stories - Daniel McInerny, The Catholic Thing

If You Summon Satan. . . – Father Dwight Longenecker, Standing on my Head

Let’s Show Forgiveness to the Soccer Chomper Luis Suarez – Fr. Alx. Lucie-Smith, The Catholic Herald

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Does Soccer (the World Cup) Make the World a Better Place? – Jim Murphy, The Catholic Herald

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Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Hobby Lobby, Conestoga Wood in 5-4 Decision (5494)

Legal experts are divided on the decision’s implications for HHS lawsuits brought by religious nonprofits.

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WASHINGTON — Do business owners have free-exercise rights or should the workplace be viewed as a “secular” space that excludes faith-based practices and beliefs that may collide with powerful state interests?

On June 30, in a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected the Obama administration’s argument that businesses do not possess free-exercise rights and that the alleged public-health benefits of requiring health plans to provide co-pay-free contraception, abortion-inducing drugs and sterilization must take precedence over the faith-based objections of for-profit employers.

The majority found that closely held for-profit corporations should be treated as “persons” under the federal...READ MORE

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Religious Liberty Prevails in 'Burwell v. Hobby Lobby' (3889)


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In a widely awaited decision Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court, in an opinion by Justice Samuel Alito, joined by four other justices, held that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) prohibits the federal government from forcing employers to provide health-care coverage such as providing contraceptives when doing so would conflict with their religious beliefs.

The case, Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., is a ringing vindication of a number of lower courts that have held that privately held corporations such as Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. do have, and can “freely exercise,” the religious faith of their owners.

The case makes several things clear. Under RFRA, it...READ MORE

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EWTN Granted Emergency Relief From HHS Contraception Mandate (4338)

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.

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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 (1474)

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

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Archbishop Leonard Blair speaks with CNA following his reception of the pallium June 29 in Rome.

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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.”

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U.S. Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Hobby Lobby in HHS Case (4362)

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

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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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