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EWTN Wins Lawsuit Over HHS Contraception Mandate

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit issued an order Thursday vacating a 2014 district-court decision against the Eternal Word Television Network in its lawsuit against the so-called contraceptive mandate issued by the Department of Health and Human Services. The order follows a settlement between the network and the Department of Justice reached Oct. 5.
Under the terms of the settlement, EWTN will not be required to provide contraception, sterilization or abortifacients through its employee health-care plan.
“This moment has been a long time coming,” said EWTN Chairman and…

http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/ewtn-wins-lawsuit-over-hhs-contraception-mandate


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Pope’s Morning Homily: Denial of Conscientious Objection Is Persecution

There are two types of persecution against Christians, says Pope Francis: that which makes martyrs and that which could be dubbed “polite persecution.” …

Pope’s Morning Homily: Denial of Conscientious Objection Is Persecution


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The Pope Will Never Change the Definition of Marriage


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The Pope Will Never Change the Definition of Marriage

8am Mass at St Mary Church

10:30am Mass at St Joseph Church


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Pope Francis meets with Little Sisters of the Poor, nuns involved in an Obamacare lawsuit

Pope Francis met with the Little Sisters of the Poor — nuns who have been in a long battle over a contraception mandate part of Obamacare — at their home across the street from Catholic University after he celebrated Mass on Wednesday. The pope’s visit to the Little Sisters was a sign of support for them in their legal battle, Rev. Federico Lombardi, a Vatican spokesman, told reporters. …

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2015/09/23/pope-francis-meets-with-little-sisters-of-the-poor-nuns-involved-in-an-obamacare-lawsuit/


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Vatican Confirms Pope Met With Kim Davis

Vatican City, September 30, 2015     

The Vatican has confirmed that Pope Francis has met with Kentucky county clerk, Kim Davis, but did not elaborate.

In a statement released by the Holy See Press Office this afternoon, its director, Father Federico Lombardi, addressed the media reports about the Pope meeting Davis in Washington, stating: “I do not deny that the meeting took place, but I have no comments to add.” …

http://www.zenit.org/en/articles/vatican-confirms-pope-met-with-kim-davis?utm_campaign=dailyhtml&utm_content=%5BZE150930%5D%20The%20world%20seen%20from%20Rome&utm_medium=email&utm_source=dispatch&utm_term=Classic


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Pope to Americans: Defend Your Religious Liberty

Philadelphia, September 26, 2015

Pope Francis told Americans this afternoon to defend their religious liberty, because it is a gift that has been given them by God himself.

The Pope said this during an address given in Philadelphia at Independence Hall during the last full day of his US-Cuba trip.

The Holy Father said that…

http://www.zenit.org/en/articles/pope-to-americans-defend-your-religious-liberty?utm_campaign=dailyhtml&utm_content=%5BZE150926%5D%20The%20world%20seen%20from%20Rome&utm_medium=email&utm_source=dispatch