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Are kids just as well off with same-sex parents? Maybe not, studies say

Princeton, N.J., Mar 5, 2015 / 05:28 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The idea that children raised in same-sex households fare as well as children of married opposite-sex couples may not withstand scrutiny, according to a recent collection of studies. Princeton University professor John B. Londregan said that the studies collected in a new book show “that the jury is still very much out on this question.” “The American Psychological Association has declared that there are no … [Read more...]

Cardinal Egan commended to Christ’s mercy

New York City, N.Y., Mar 5, 2015 / 03:24 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Edward Egan, a former Archbishop of New York who shepherded the city in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, died Thursday at the age of 82. “Join me, please, in thanking God for his life, especially his generous and faithful priesthood,” Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York said March 5. “Pray as well that the powerful mercy of Jesus, in which our cardinal had such trust, has ushered him into … [Read more...]

Abandonment is the greatest suffering of the elderly, Pope says

Vatican City, Mar 5, 2015 / 01:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis said Thursday that when it comes to caring for the elderly, palliative care is necessary because it counters a mentality of utility that often leaves elderly persons marginalized and alone. “Abandonment is the most serious ‘illness’ of the elderly, and also the greatest injustice they can suffer: those who helped us to grow must not be abandoned when they need our help, our love and our tenderness,” … [Read more...]

For Middle East Christians, UN indifference is deadly

Madrid, Spain, Mar 5, 2015 / 11:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Inaction on the part of the United Nations and international community toward the brutality of ISIS has drawn criticism from a refugee and scholar who says the lives of Christians are at risk. Raad Salam Naaman, a Chaldean Catholic and professor of Islamic Studies, sees a “totally deplorable and very strange” attitude on the part of the United Nations and the international community in the face of “the murders and … [Read more...]

‘Capital punishment must end’ – Catholic publications unite in rare joint statement

Washington D.C., Mar 5, 2015 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Four U.S. Catholic publications with a broad range of audiences have come together in a joint editorial citing Church leaders in calling for an end to the death penalty in the United States. “Capital punishment must end,” stated a March 5 editorial by America magazine, the National Catholic Register, the National Catholic Reporter and Our Sunday Visitor. The death penalty is both “abhorrent and unnecessary,” … [Read more...]

The important role you can play in defending marriage in Nebraska

Lincoln, Neb., Mar 5, 2015 / 02:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On March 9, hundreds of same-sex couples will flood Nebraska’s county clerk offices to receive marriage licenses for the first time in the state. At the same time, hundreds of Catholics will be uniting in prayer and fasting for the protection of marriage. Nebraska’s bishops have reclaimed March 9 as a “Day of Prayer and Fasting for Marriage,” and they’ve invited Catholics both in Nebraska and around the … [Read more...]

Italy’s bishops help the poor through a ‘Loan for Hope’ microcredit

Rome, Italy, Mar 5, 2015 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Italian bishops conference relaunched on Monday its microcredit initative for families and small businesses, a program first begun in 2009 in response to the global financial crisis. In the last four years, the “Loan for Hope” program has distributed more than $29 million in loans to families and small companies in Italy. It is carried out through the Intesa San Paolo Bank, on behalf of the Italian bishops and Caritas … [Read more...]