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9 Catholic groups to divest from coal, oil and gas in a bid to fight climate change

June 2, 2017 World News Comments Off on 9 Catholic groups to divest from coal, oil and gas in a bid to fight climate change

ROME (RNS) Nine Catholic organizations from around the world have announced they are divesting their savings from coal, oil and gas companies in a joint bid to fight climate change. Religious orders and dioceses from the U.S. and Italy made the announcement Wednesday (May 10), ahead of international negotiations due this month on implementing the Paris Agreement on climate change. Their announcement comes amid reports that President Trump has delayed a decision to withdraw from the Paris accord until after the Group of Seven meeting in Sicily on May 26-27.

Catholic Farmers Banned from Market for Their Religious Beliefs

June 1, 2017 World News Comments Off on Catholic Farmers Banned from Market for Their Religious Beliefs

The Tennes family has been farming in Michigan for generations. They grow all sorts of crops at the Country Mill Farm — organic apples, blueberries, pumpkins, and sweet corn. “My wife and I both volunteered to serve in the military. Now we come home and the freedom that we worked to protect, we have to defend in our own backyard.”  And for the past seven years, Steve Tennes and his family have sold their produce at the farmer’s market owned by the city of East Lansing. But this year — city officials told the devout Catholic family that their blueberries and sweet corn were not

Planned Parenthood Annual Report: Abortion Biz Killed 328,348 Babies in Abortions in 2015

May 31, 2017 World News Comments Off on Planned Parenthood Annual Report: Abortion Biz Killed 328,348 Babies in Abortions in 2015

The abortion chain Planned Parenthood finally released its annual report this week, about four months later than it usually does. The report shows increases in abortion numbers and taxpayer funding in 2015, alongside decreases in contraception, breast exams and overall patient numbers. Planned Parenthood continued to maintain its status as the largest abortion provider in the United States. The abortion group performed 328,348 abortions on unborn babies, 4,349 more than the previous year, according to the report. At the same time, it saw 2.4 million patients, about 100,000 fewer than the previous year and about 500,000 fewer than five years ago. Contraception service

Trump Is Pushed and Pulled on Climate Change, A Year After Pledging to Cancel Paris Deal

May 25, 2017 World News Comments Off on Trump Is Pushed and Pulled on Climate Change, A Year After Pledging to Cancel Paris Deal

(CNSNews.com) – Exactly one year after pledging in a speech to “cancel” the Paris climate agreement, President Trump will attend a Group of Seven summit Friday in Sicily where he’s expected to come under sustained pressure from his counterparts to reverse course. The White House said earlier this month that Trump would only announce his decision after attending the summit, but the governments of the other six major industrialized countries – Canada, Japan, Britain, Germany, France and Italy – are anxious for an answer. Five of those countries’ leaders are m

St. Louis archbishop resists law requiring Catholics to hire abortion activists: ‘We will not comply’

May 25, 2017 World News Comments Off on St. Louis archbishop resists law requiring Catholics to hire abortion activists: ‘We will not comply’

LOUIS, Missouri, May 24, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Louis, led by the Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, has drawn a line in the sand for the protection of innocent human life. In February, the city passed Ordinance 70459, which criminalizes “discrimination” against those who have had abortions or are planning an abortion, and against those who advocate for “reproductive health.” Archbishop Carlson called the passage of Ordinance

Planned Parenthood Closing Multiple Abortion Clinics in Iowa After State Defunds It

May 23, 2017 World News Comments Off on Planned Parenthood Closing Multiple Abortion Clinics in Iowa After State Defunds It

The abortion chain Planned Parenthood announced plans Thursday to close four Iowa clinics as a result of a new state law that defunds it. At the end of June, Planned Parenthood facilities in Burlington, Keokuk and Sioux City, Iowa will close; and a fourth in Quad City will close when the building is sold, Iowa Public Radio reports. Three of the facilities did abortions. Eight other Planned Parenthood facilities will remain open in Iowa, according to the Des Moines Register. “This is good news for families in the state of Iowa,” said Iowans For Life Director Maggie DeWitte.  “We worked hard this last session to educate legislators and the general public that there are many quality community health centers in

Graduates walk out on Pence at Notre Dame commencement

May 21, 2017 World News Comments Off on Graduates walk out on Pence at Notre Dame commencement

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Dozens of graduates and family members silently stood and walked out Sunday as Vice President Mike Pence began his address at Notre Dame’s commencement ceremony. Pence, the former governor of Indiana, was invited to speak after Notre Dame students and faculty protested the prospect of President Donald Trump being invited to become the seventh U.S. president to give the commencement address. Pence spoke briefly of Trump, praising his speech to the leaders of 50 Arab and Muslim nations earlier in the day in Saudi Arabia. Pen

Trump nominates Callista Gingrich for ambassador to the Vatican

May 20, 2017 World News Comments Off on Trump nominates Callista Gingrich for ambassador to the Vatican

President Trump has nominated Callista Gingrich, the wife of former Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.), as ambassador to the Holy See, the White House announced Friday. The nomination comes just five days before Trump is set to meet with Pope Francis at the Vatican during his first trip abroad as president. The nomination follows months of speculation and vetting that at one point, according to a New York Times report, nearly drove Gingrich to withdraw herself from consideration.

The murder case of Blessed Oscar Romero has been reopened

May 20, 2017 World News Comments Off on The murder case of Blessed Oscar Romero has been reopened

San Salvador, El Salvador, May 19, 2017 / 01:14 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A nearly 40 year-old murder case was reopened this week to properly prosecute the suspected killer behind the Salvadorian archbishop’s martyrdom. Because of an amnesty law that prohibited the prosecution of criminal acts stemming from the El Salvador Civil War, the alleged murderer of Archbishop Oscar Romero was never convicted of any crime. The law was lifted last year by the country’s constitutional court, reopening cases from 1980 to 1992.

Notre Dame Protest of Pence Twists Catholic Social Teaching

May 20, 2017 World News Comments Off on Notre Dame Protest of Pence Twists Catholic Social Teaching

This Sunday, vice president Mike Pence will return to his home state of Indiana to deliver the commencement address at the University of Notre Dame. For the third time in several years, the school’s graduation ceremony will be plagued by controversy, as a group of students plans to walk out during Pence’s speech. The students’ main grievance is that Pence’s supposedly “anti-LGBT” record as governor of Indiana is harmful to vulnerable members of the Notre Dame community. The group’s Facebook event indicates that around 70 students have signed up to take part in the walkout, and about 2,000 seniors will graduate from the university on Sunday Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/447790/notre-dame-walkout-mike-pence-speech-planned