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Central Americans fleeing violence can't return home yet, bishops warn

Washington D.C., Oct 18, 2017 / 06:04 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- As a temporary immigration permit program for families fleeing violence in Honduras and El Salvador is set to expire, the U.S. bishops warn that requiring immigrants to return to unsafe countries is unjust.

Wealthy donors working to limit 'inappropriate' religious freedom

Denver, Colo., Oct 18, 2017 / 03:51 am (EWTN News/CNA).- A network of wealthy donors is funding a series of well-organized lobbying campaigns to restrict legal protections for religious freedom, in order to advance access to abortion and LGBT causes.

US bishops call for health care protection for the most vulnerable

Washington D.C., Oct 17, 2017 / 07:04 am (EWTN News/CNA).- In the wake of an executive order issued by the Trump administration halting federal assistance for certain insurance plans, the U.S. bishops reaffirmed that helping to protect low-income persons and the vulnerable is of the utmost

A modern horror: global persecution of Christians at historic peak, report says

New York City, N.Y., Oct 17, 2017 / 04:02 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- Anti-Christian persecution is "worse than at any time in history" and in many cases genocide and other crimes against humanity "now mean that the Church in core countries and regions faces the possibility of imminent wipe-out," says a

Department of Justice announces settlement in HHS mandate suits

Washington D.C., Oct 16, 2017 / 10:45 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- A week after issuing new religious freedom guidelines to all administrative agencies in the federal government, the U.S. Department of Justice has settled with more than 70 plaintiffs who had challenged the controversial HHS contraceptive

Callista Gingrich confirmed as US Ambassador to the Vatican

Washington D.C., Oct 16, 2017 / 05:46 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- On Monday, the U.S. Senate confirmed Callista Gingrich, wife of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, as the next U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See. The vote was 70-23.

'No science' behind transgender therapy for kids, doctors warn

Washington D.C., Oct 15, 2017 / 04:57 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- Children who struggle to match their gender identity with their biological sex should not be pushed into transgender therapies, but given treatments that help treat the underlying cause of the dysphoria, said doctors in the field.

US bishops laud attorney general's new religious freedom protections

Washington D.C., Oct 13, 2017 / 02:46 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- Following an announcement by the U.S. Attorney General detailing 20 principles of religious liberty for all government agencies and executive departments to follow, the U.S. bishops have praised the government's reaffirmation of religious

Indiana parish defends First Communion dress code barring girls in pants

Gary, Ind., Oct 13, 2017 / 01:04 pm (EWTN News).- An Indiana parish's First Communion dress code for children has generated media controversy after a girl was barred from wearing a pantsuit while receiving the sacrament.

The future of the US Church is missionary encounter, nuncio says

Jefferson City, Mo., Oct 13, 2017 / 01:02 am (EWTN News/CNA).- The American cultural situation poses great challenges, but these can be overcome through a missionary renewal following Pope Francis' proposed "culture of encounter," said the apostolic nuncio to the U.S.