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(Vatican Radio) Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny and as many as 200 other activists have been detained in Russia where many thousands of people gathered Sunday in the capital Moscow and other cities for unsanctioned protests against the Russian government. The anti-corruption demonstrations are the most extensive show of defiance in years and come ahead of presidential elections.Listen to Stefan Bos' report His supporters shouted slogans as Navalny, the anti-corruption campaigner who is leading the opposition to President Vladimir Putin, was taken into custody. He was detained while walking from a nearby subway station to the demonstration against the government here at Moscow's iconic Pushkin Square.Demonstrators tried to halt a police bus that was believed to take to him to an unknown location.Russian media said as many as hundreds of other protesters were also detained by security forces.Riot police clashed with demonstrators. A policeman took away a sign carrie...
Austin, Texas, Mar 25, 2017 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Among the targets of Texas pro-life advocates are so-called ‘wrongful birth’ lawsuits and Planned Parenthood’s alleged involvement in the sale of unborn baby parts. Both are finding some success in the State Senate.In some cases, parents of a child born with a disability such as Down syndrome have filed lawsuits against doctors claiming that they were not informed of a disability in time to procure an abortion. Such claims aim to secure the costs of raising the child, even lifetime costs.Senate Bill 25 would prevent parents of children born with disabilities from suing their physician.The bill, which has the support of the Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops, passed the state senate by a vote of 21-9 March 21. It now heads to the Texas House of Representatives for consideration.“We are thrilled that the Senate has passed S.B. 25, because it reverses a decades-old injustice and bad public policy that de...
Washington D.C., Mar 24, 2017 / 12:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch received a strong voice of support Thursday from a lawyer at a major religious liberty firm, who said that he shows a record of consensus building and protecting religious freedom for all.In addition to ruling on some high profile cases, Gorsuch also defended the religious freedom of religious minorities and prisoners, “some of the most politically powerless in our society,” said Hannah Smith, senior counsel with the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.Smith testified about Gorsuch before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday. Gorsuch sits on the Tenth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals was nominated by President Donald Trump in February to be an associate justice at the U.S. Supreme Court.In her testimony, Smith pointed to Gorsuch’s ruling in favor of a Native American inmate’s request to have access to a sweat house at his prison, for religious use.Gorsuch wrote in t...
By Carol ZimmermannWASHINGTON (CNS) -- Sister CarolKeehan, a Daughter of Charity, who is president and CEO of the Catholic HealthAssociation, doesn't mince words when it comes to the American Health Care Act, which was short of votes and withdrawn by House Republicans late March 24.Two days before the GOPlegislation was set for an initial vote in Congress and then delayed due tolast-minute wrangling and efforts to gain support, she described the bill asa disgrace, a pro-life disaster, a huge step back, catastrophic for Catholicsocial teaching and something that would do incredible damage.The woman religious, who headsan organization of more than 600 hospitals and 1,400 long-term care and otherhealth facilities in the United States, has a vested interest in the nation'shealth care and she also knows the ins and outs of health care legislation fromworking behind the scenes "forever" -- as she describes it -- on theAffordable Care Act.At the time that the ACA wasbeing drafted, some Ca...
Washington D.C., Mar 24, 2017 / 08:56 am (CNA).- A new report by the Pew Research Center has found that the overwhelming majority of Americans support paid family and medical leave for workers.More than 80 percent of adult Americans surveyed believe that women should have paid maternity leave, and just under 70 percent support paid paternity leave.When it comes to paid leave for new fathers, there are significant generational differences. Of those under 30 years of age, 82 percent believe dads should get paid leave after a birth or adoption. Support drops to 76 percent among respondents from 30-49 years of age, and 59 percent for those 50 and older.Support for paid family leave was a rare issue of agreement between both candidates in the last presidential election, although Democrats and Republicans have general disagreement on the extent to which the government should be involved in ensuring this benefit.The study, based on two surveys conducted late last year, found that there is ...
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The GOP's long-promised legislation to repeal and replace "Obamacare" stood on the brink just hours before Republican leaders planned to put it on the House floor for a showdown vote. Short of support, GOP leaders looked to President Donald Trump to close the deal with a crucial bloc of conservatives, in the first major legislative test of his young presidency....
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The United States is deepening its involvement in the war against the Islamic State group after an unprecedented American airlift of Arab and Kurdish fighters to the front lines in northern Syria, supported by the first use of U.S. attack helicopters and artillery in the country....
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Assured of support from majority Republicans, Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch wrapped up two days of Senate questioning Wednesday to glowing GOP reviews but complaints from frustrated Democrats that he concealed his views from the American public....
Vatican City, Mar 22, 2017 / 03:57 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Wednesday Pope Francis said each person must strive to imitate the perseverance and consolation of God, which not only gives us the strength to keep going, but also to help others who are in difficulty.“Perseverance we can also define as patience; it’s the ability to support, to remain faithful, even when the weight seems to become too big, unsustainable, and we are tempted to negatively judge and abandon everything and everyone,” the Pope said March 22.Consolation, on the other hand, “is the grace of knowing how to welcome and show in every situation, even those largely marked by delusion and suffering, the presence and compassionate action of God.”He noted how these two attitudes are highlighted by St. Paul in his letter to the Romans, both in reference to scripture and to God himself, who is “the God of perseverance and consolation.”Speaking to pilgrims gathered in St. Peter&rsquo...
(Vatican Radio) Promoting interfaith and ecumenical relations are the two main goals of the Tantur Ecumenical Institute in Jerusalem, which is currently marking the 50th anniversary of its foundation.Set up in the wake of Pope Paul VI’s historic visit to the Holy Land and supported by the U.S. University of Notre Dame, it offer a wide variety of conferences, study programmes and research opportunities for scholars, students, religious pilgrimage groups or simply local people interested in interreligious dialogue.Philippa Hitchen is visiting Tantur this week and found out how interfaith efforts are attempting to address the Palestinian-Israeli conflict:Listen:  I learnt a new Arabic word today: Wasatiyyah. It means ‘the middle way’ or moderate, but also balanced, just and fair. The opposite, in other words, of extremist, unbalanced, discriminatory, unfair.‘Wasatia’ is also the name of a movement launched exactly a decade ago by a Palestinian profe...
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