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TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) -- Honduran authorities arrested four people Monday in the killing of environmental activist Berta Caceres, including an active duty army officer and at least one man who worked for a hydroelectric project she opposed....
IMAGE: CNS photo/Paul Mcerlane, EPABy Michael KellyDUBLIN (CNS) -- Northern Ireland'sCatholic bishops urged Massgoers to support candidates opposed to legalizingabortion in elections to the region's power-sharing assembly May 5.In a wide-ranging pastoralstatement ahead of the polls, the bishops also urged Catholics to lobbylawmakers about issues as diverse as climate change and the right of church-runorganizations to receive government funding.Catholics at Masses April 30-May1 were given pamphlets with a list of 10 questions that the faithful are encouragedto ask candidates, including their parties' policies on abortion and childpoverty."The next assembly termwill see further pressures being brought to bear on politicians to introduceabortion to Northern Ireland," the bishops said."The moral issue here isnot whether what is proposed is abortion 'on demand' or some form of so-called 'limited'abortion. From a moral point of view, there is no such things as 'limited'abortion. Abortion ...
Washington D.C., May 2, 2016 / 04:48 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The right to exercise religion came under sustained assault around the world in 2015, according to a new report from a bipartisan United States commission, affecting Christians, Muslims, Jews, among others.“By any measure, religious freedom abroad has been under serious and sustained assault since the release of our commission's last Annual Report in 2015,” Dr. Robert George, chair of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, stated Monday.He was speaking at the release of USCIRF’s annual religious freedom report.“At best, in most of the countries we covered,” George noted, the situation of religious freedom “failed to improve” or, worse, “spiraled downward” in 2015.“I fear … that we’re losing the battle of ideas,” he stated in a May 2 press conference introducing the report. “We need the American people’s support on t...
Vatican City, May 2, 2016 / 03:15 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Monday met with representatives of a centuries-old Marian order of priests and brothers dedicated to mercy, encouraging them to persevere in their service to the marginalized by clinging to the “strength and joy” of the Gospel.“We do not rely on our own strength, but instead we always entrust ourselves to divine mercy,” the Holy Father told members of the Mercedarian Order during a May 2 audience in the Vatican's Consistory Hall.“If God is present in your lives, the joy of bringing his Gospel will be your strength and your joy. God has also called us to serve within the Church and in the Community. Let us keep to this common path,” he said.The Mercedarians are in Rome ahead of their 800 year anniversary in 2018 for their General Chapter where they will elect new governing body and decide on projects for the next six years.The Order of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mercy, or th...
Belfast, Northern Ireland, May 2, 2016 / 01:53 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Northern Ireland’s voters should use their vote to uphold the right to life, not violate it, the Catholic bishops of the region said.“The social and moral teaching of the Church is clear, that it is never morally acceptable to support any policy that undermines the sacred inviolability of the right to life of an innocent person in any circumstances,” they stressed.The bishops released an April 27 pastoral reflection message ahead of Northern Ireland’s May 5 elections.“As Christians, our encounter with the risen Jesus, living and among us, is a decisive event that has consequences for every aspect of our lives. This includes our lives as citizens,” the bishops said.Voting is a moral act, they explained: “Each vote cast, or not cast, potentially influences the values that will shape future law and policy.”The bishops reflected on Catholic social teaching’s role in ...
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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla announced that Puerto Rico's government will not make nearly $370 million in bond payments due Monday after a failure to restructure or find a political solution to the U.S. territory's spiraling public debt crisis....
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus bid farewell to its performing elephants on Sunday, as the show closed its own chapter on a practice that has entertained audiences in America for two centuries but has come under fire by animal rights activists....
MIAMI (AP) -- Passengers set sail Sunday from Miami on an historic cruise to Cuba, the first in decades to depart from a U.S. seaport for the communist island nation....
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Wind, rain and a lightning strike beside the stage where Bonnie Raitt was singing didn't stop the soggy last day of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival from rollicking to a close....
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