Knights of Columbus impact legislation to aid religious minorities in Iraq and Syria

Knights of Columbus impact legislation to aid religious minorities in Iraq and Syria

Legislation approving aid to persecuted religious minorities in Iraq and Syria (HR390) has now passed the U.S. House and Senate unanimously. “The Knights of Columbus applauds the passage of HR 390, which makes clear that those targeted for genocide by ISIS should be included in American government assistance in the region,” says Knights of Columbus…
Bishop ‘could not keep silent’

Bishop ‘could not keep silent’

News Tribune—Bishop W. Shawn McKnight of the Diocese of Jefferson City — one of the youngest and newest of those attending the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops — was among the first and loudest to respond when the Vatican asked the conference to delay action on the sexual abuse crisis facing the church. Many were…
Thanksgiving, Why Bother?

Thanksgiving, Why Bother?

Several countries have days dedicated to giving thanks, often in connection with the fall harvest. The American holiday of Thanksgiving dates back to the 17th Century Puritan origins of New England. George Washington, the country’s first President, declared it a holiday in 1789 under the newly ratified Constitution. It was celebrated on different days in…
The History of Thanksgiving

The History of Thanksgiving

The Pilgrims who sailed to this country aboard the Mayflower were originally members of the English Separatist Church (a Puritan sect). They had earlier fled their home in England and sailed to Holland (The Netherlands) to escape religious persecution. There, they enjoyed more religious tolerance, but they eventually became disenchanted with the Dutch way of…
Ohio governor signs 20-week abortion ban, vetoes heartbeat bill

Ohio governor signs 20-week abortion ban, vetoes heartbeat bill

CNA/EWTN News – On Tuesday, Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) signed a bill banning abortions performed after five months of pregnancy in most cases, citing evidence that unborn babies can feel pain at this point. At the same time, he vetoed the “heartbeat bill” passed by the state’s legislature, which would have outlawed abortions once a…