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Denver to provide lockers for city's homeless

By: CNA Daily News - US
Source: Catholic News Agency: US
Date: May 27, 2017
Denver, Colo., May 27, 2017 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In response to Denver's large homeless population, the city is providing lockers for the homeless to place their belongings so they can take better advantage of local outreach programs. If the homeless are worried about where to place their belongings and “don't have access to safe, secure storage and those are all your possessions in the world,” then they aren't going to utilize available resources said Julie Smith, a spokesperson from Denver Human Services, to the Denverite May 23. Ten storage units were added to a street downtown, where many homeless shelters are located. Smith explained the containers will hold about as much stuff as will fit into a shopping cart, and can be reserved for 30 days with the option of an additional 30 day renewal. The sidewalk lockers cost about $3,000 for each installment. Teaming up with the Saint Francis Center, Denver is also planning on adding 200 more storage spac

US bishop says Trump budget at odds with Catholic, American ideals

By: CNA Daily News - US
Source: Catholic News Agency: US
Date: May 26, 2017
Louisville, Ky., May 26, 2017 / 05:22 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The former head of the US bishops decried President Trump's budget plan, claiming its cuts to social services conflict with both the Catholic faith and American principles. “Whether through Social Security, Medicaid, food stamps or foreign aid, our nation has recognized that our worth is judged by how we treat the most vulnerable among us,” Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky said in a May 24 article published by Courier-Journal. “The concept is shared by many religions and has become part of the ethos of the United States.” President Trump issued 2018’s budget proposal, “The New Foundation for American Greatness,” on Tuesday. The proposal would defund many aid programs benefiting the poor, the environment, and the foreign aid, drawing outcry from organizations like Catholic Charities and Catholic relief services. The budget proposes 4.1 trillion dollars for 2018, wi

This parish is hosting a benefit concert for children with cancer

By: CNA Daily News - US
Source: Catholic News Agency: US
Date: May 26, 2017
Charleston, W.Va., May 26, 2017 / 04:12 pm (CNA).- A young girl in Charles Town, West Virginia was undergoing treatment for bone cancer when she dreamed about meeting a beautiful princess. She later identified that princess as St. Philomena, and when she eventually recovered from bone cancer after extensive treatment, her family attributed the recovery to the intercession of St. Philomena, who is known as the patron of difficult situations, especially for youth. In honor of her experience, the Catholic parish of St. James in Charles Town, West Virginia is holding their second annual St. Philomena Medical Benefit Concert, which will aid cancer victims and their families. “The people of St. James have done their best to provide support to alleviate the strain that families naturally feel during these difficult times,” stated Angie Cummings, a member of the parish. “Many have reported that, as they have done their best to exercise the faith during these trials, they

What can we learn from the newest priests? Encourage vocations

By: CNA Daily News - US
Source: Catholic News Agency: US
Date: May 26, 2017
Washington D.C., May 26, 2017 / 06:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Members of the newest priestly ordination class in the United States were closely connected to the Church growing up through their Catholic school or parish, according to a new survey of the 2017 ordinands. “They’re much more likely than Catholics in general to have attended Catholic school. A third of them have a relative who’s a priest or religious. They come from pretty active Catholic families,” Dr. Mary L. Gautier, co-author of “The Class of 2017: Survey of Ordinands to the Priesthood,” told CNA. “They have more opportunity to be aware of and around priests,” she added. The annual survey of ordinands is conducted by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University (CARA). This year’s survey featured 444 respondents, 343 of whom are entering the diocesan priesthood, from 140 dioceses. 101 of the respondents are entering the religious priesth

How a nun's home is helping girls freed from sex trafficking

By: CNA Daily News - US
Source: Catholic News Agency: US
Date: May 26, 2017
Baton Rouge, La., May 26, 2017 / 03:33 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The numbers are staggering. Each year in the U.S. alone, some 300,000 minors are victims of sex trafficking. In Louisiana, state estimates indicate that about 40 percent of juvenile victims are being trafficked by their primary care giver: a mother, father, foster parent, uncle, a mother’s boyfriend. Father Jeff Bayhi has heard unspeakable stories of sex trafficking victims over the years. That’s why the pastor of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Zachary, La. has worked to open Metanoia Home, a Baton Rouge-area shelter for sixteen women under age 21. Caring for the victims are four Hospitaler Sisters of Mercy from India, Nigeria, the Philippines and Madagascar. “They’re not there as social workers or therapists,” but as mother figures, Fr Bayhi said. “They’re going to be there, and be a safe place for these children to be. To be loved, to be nurtured, to be made felt specia

New video shows graphic discussion of aborted baby parts

By: CNA Daily News - US
Source: Catholic News Agency: US
Date: May 26, 2017
Washington D.C., May 26, 2017 / 12:42 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Preview footage released recently by the Center for Medical Progress appears to show participants at a national abortion convention casually discussing the skulls, eyeballs and other baby body parts they encounter in abortion procedures. “An eyeball just fell down into my lap, and that is gross!” says one panelist in the video, to laughter from the crowd. “When the skull is broken, that’s really sharp!” another says. The footage also appears to show a person acknowledging, “We certainly do intact D&Es,” a presumed reference to dilation-and-extraction, or partial-birth abortions, which are illegal under federal law. Planned Parenthood employees also appear in the footage discussing baby organs that are given to biotech firms for money. “They’re wanting livers,” one abortion provider says. “Sometimes she’ll tell me she wants brain,” another med

Can you be pro-life and anti-war? In Pittsburgh, apparently not.

By: CNA Daily News - US
Source: Catholic News Agency: US
Date: May 26, 2017
Pittsburgh, Pa., May 25, 2017 / 06:00 pm (CNA).- On Tuesday, a “Consistent Life Ethic” group was booted from sponsorship of the Pittsburgh March Against War after Facebook complaints against their pro-life stance. Rehumanize International, previously Life Matters Journal, is a group that opposes all violence against human beings, including abortion, war, euthanasia, torture, capital punishment and human sex trafficking. They were invited to co-sponsor the Pittsburgh March Against War, set to take place this summer, and were then removed from sponsorship after a vote of the other co-sponsors, following several complaints on the event’s Facebook page. By Wednesday afternoon, the Facebook page for the March event had been deleted. The Pittsburgh March Against War was organized by the Pittsburghers in Solidarity Against War, a coalition consisting of several organizations: the Anti-War Committee of the Thomas Merton Center, Veterans for Peace, CAIR Pittsburgh, Interna

Pro-lifers slam Christian school for punishing pregnant teen

By: CNA Daily News - US
Source: Catholic News Agency: US
Date: May 25, 2017
Hagerstown, Md., May 25, 2017 / 11:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Students for Life of America had strong words for a Maryland Christian high school that banned a pregnant student from walking at her graduation – a move they say will only deter women from being pro-life. “Not allowing Maddi to walk in her graduation ceremony sends the message that being pregnant in a Christian school is an embarrassment that should be hidden away,” president Kristan Hawkins wrote in a May 23 letter. “…this example may be the turning point causing many students to turn away from the pro-life and Christian message.” The letter was sent to principal David Hobbs of Heritage Academy in Hagerstown, Maryland. The private school refused to let senior Maddi Runkles walk at her graduation due to violating a moral clause she was obligated to sign. Eighteen-year-old Maddi had a 4.0 grade point average, was involved in her student council and other leadership programs, and played s

Religious freedom cited in first US female genital mutilation case

By: CNA Daily News - US
Source: Catholic News Agency: US
Date: May 25, 2017
Detroit, Mich., May 25, 2017 / 03:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A U.S. federal law prohibiting female genital mutilation will be challenged for the first time in a case in Detroit, where lawyers plan to cite religious freedom as a defense of the practice. In the case, two physicians and one of their wives are charged with subjecting young girls to genital cutting. The three adults are members of the Dawoodi Bohra, a small Indian-Muslim sect located in Farmington Hills, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit. Female genital mutilation (FGM), or the cutting or removal of a female’s clitoris and labia, has officially been illegal in the United States since 1997, under the Federal Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation Act. Until modern times, the cutting or removal of female genitalia was considered a “cure” for various ills - hysteria, excessive sexual desire, lesbianism, etc. and was covered by some insurance providers well into the 1970s. Now, FGM is widely understood by the U

Stronger religious freedoms in Texas could boost Catholic foster care

By: CNA Daily News - US
Source: Catholic News Agency: US
Date: May 25, 2017
Austin, Texas, May 25, 2017 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Catholic Church in Texas will work to promote more foster parenting, following the state legislature’s approval of strong legal protections for religious adoption and foster care agencies. “Now Catholics can join other people of good will and serve Texas’ children in good faith,” said Jennifer Carr Allmon, executive director of the Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops. This fall, the bishops’ conference has said, it will work with diocesan offices on a campaign to encourage Catholic families to be foster parents. “Most Catholic Charities in the state had withdrawn from serving foster children,” the bishops’ conference said May 22. “The new law removes a significant barrier to Catholics serving children in the foster care system and will trigger greater recruitment efforts by Catholic parishes and ministries.” The bill, called the Freedom to Serve Children Act, co