Bishops praise Senate action on immigration reform

WASHINGTON (CNA)—U.S. bishops welcomed a Senate committee’s passage of a major immigration bill as an “important step,” urging the full senate to consider the bill as soon as possible. Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, chair of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Migration, lauded the Senate Judiciary Committee’s passage …

Jury finds Kermit Gosnell, abortion clinic operator, guilty of murder

PHILADELPHIA——Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell on May 13 was convicted on three of the four first degree murder charges for killing babies who had been born alive. Gosnell, 72, could face the death penalty for the murder charges. The jury will hear arguments for and against a death sentence a week …

Singer says Christ’s teachings vital to peace

VATICAN CITY—Visiting the Vatican to participate in the recent TEDx conference on religious freedom, Cuban singer Gloria Estefan said that the teachings of Jesus Christ are central to ensuring peace in the world. In an interview with CNA, Estefan said she believes it is important that “the basic teachings of …

Father Kapuan to receive posthumous Medal of Honor

WICHITA, Kan. (CAN/EWTN News)—Servant of God Father Emil Kapaun will be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor on April 11, prompting excitement from those who know of the U.S. Army chaplain’s heroic service in prison camps during the Korean War, where he died. “Like everybody else, I think it’s great …

Tenn. Rep. Black co-sponsors bill to broaden HHS mandate exemptions

Washington D.C. — Members of Congress, including a Tennessee House member, have introduced a new bill that would create a broad exemption to the HHS mandate and strengthen protections for health care professionals and institutions with moral and religious objections to abortion. “We have come together to act to protect …

Catholics Come Home leader hopes message can combat hostility

ROSWELL, Ga. (CNA) — The evangelization group Catholics Come Home says its “hopeful and faith-filled” messages can help combat rising hostility against U.S. Christians. “It appears that the amount of hostility is increasing and the amount of anti-Christian sentiment is growing. At least, it’s getting more visibility,” the Georgia-based organization’s …

Catholic groups respond in Hurricane Isaac recovery

New Orleans, La. (CNA) — As Gulf Coast residents continue the recovery process following Hurricane Isaac, Catholic groups throughout the South have begun organizing disaster relief services for victims. “These people who have been affected and certainly those who have lost so much need our prayerful support,”  Archbishop Gregory M. …