Archive of August 15, 2017

US State Department recognizes ISIS genocide in religious freedom report

Aug 15, 2017 - 04:57 pm .- Religious freedom advocates were heartened by the State Department recognizing in its annual religious freedom report released Tuesday the genocide of Christians by the Islamic State.

'Forgive them' – powerful words from father of Charlottesville victim

Aug 15, 2017 - 02:49 pm .- After recent violence in Charlottesville, Virginia involving white supremacy groups and counter-protesters, the father of the woman who was killed after the rally spoke out against hatred and offered a different message: forgiveness and love.

New Texas law axes insurance coverage for elective abortion

Aug 15, 2017 - 02:45 pm .- A new law in Texas removes elective abortion coverage from the standard package of health insurance benefits offered in many plans, a move that pro-life advocates hailed as a victory for those who do not want to subsidize abortion.

Scotland's rise in anti-Catholic crimes prompts call for government action

Aug 15, 2017 - 01:50 pm .- Crimes motivated by anti-Catholicism are on the rise in Scotland, and a leading Catholic spokesman has said the government must take more specific action to combat the trend.

Twelve killed by falling tree before Marian procession in Portugal

Aug 15, 2017 - 11:44 am .- A tree fell on a crowd taking part in the largest religious festival in Portugal's Madeira region on Tuesday, killing 12 persons and injuring 52, according to local press reports.

Abortion-pill reversal: The next frontier of informed-consent laws?

Aug 15, 2017 - 06:04 am .- Medication abortions are on their way to becoming the dominant method of abortion in the U.S. But lawmakers are starting to look at whether to change their state’s informed-consent laws to let women know of an experimental treatment that could possibly reverse the effects of a progesterone-blocking abortion.

In Christ, Mary brings new joy and meaning to mankind, Pope says

Aug 15, 2017 - 04:26 am .- On the Feast of the Assumption, Pope Francis said that in bringing Christ to the world, Mary also provides the joy and grace of her Son, which not only sustain us in difficulty, but are primarily intended for the weak and humble.

Holy Snakes! A Marian feast day's strange, stunning miracle

Aug 15, 2017 - 03:03 am .- Every year, on the Orthodox feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos, a monastery on a Greek island experiences a miracle – dozens of snakes come to 'venerate' an icon of Mary.

US Catholics to mark 50 years since Navy chaplain's heroic death

Aug 15, 2017 - 12:03 am .- A Mass and a documentary premiere are among the events marking the 50th anniversary of the death of Servant of God Father Vincent R. Capodanno, the decorated Navy chaplain who was killed seeking to provide the sacraments to ambushed Marines in the Vietnam War.

The history of the Assumption – and why it's a Holy Day of Obligation

Aug 15, 2017 - 12:01 am .- Today, Catholics around the world mark the Feast of the Assumption of Mary, commemorating the end of her earthly life and assumption into Heaven. But while the feast day is a relatively new one, the history of the holiday – and the mystery behind it – has its roots in the earliest centuries of Christian belief.  

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