Archive of November 12, 2014 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of November 12, 2014

A broken system: Calls for immigration reform continue after election

Nov 12, 2014 - 07:01 pm .- Uncertainties about the future of immigration reform, given Republicans' new-found control of both houses of Congress, do not decrease the need for changes to the immigration system says a Catholic immigration expert.

Religious freedom battle 'daunting,' but bishops urged to persist

Nov 12, 2014 - 05:05 pm .- The leader of the U.S. bishops’ religious freedom committee encouraged his fellow bishops not to lose heart, but to place their trust in God, in the ongoing battle for religious liberty.  

How one bishop sees marriage as key to 'culture of encounter'

Nov 12, 2014 - 03:15 pm .- With marriage in crisis in the modern world, the faithful have a duty to work for its restoration, promoting the ‘culture of encounter’ called for by the Holy Father, said a leading U.S. bishop.  

Beatification cause opened for Brazil's 'Surfer Angel'

Nov 12, 2014 - 01:24 pm .- The Congregation for the Causes of Saints has approved the cause of beatification of Guido Schaffer, who was a Brazilian seminarian known as the “Anjo Surfista,” or “Surfer Angel.”

Priest swaps clerical hats with a 'sharp, healthy' Benedict XVI

Nov 12, 2014 - 11:49 am .- A priest who met and exchanged zucchettos with retired pontiff Benedict XVI last week marveled at the former pope's joy, mental clarity and good health.

UK pro-lifers throw rare legal punch against sex-selective abortion

Nov 12, 2014 - 10:40 am .- Claiming that the government has turned a blind eye to sex-selective abortions, British pro-life activists are launching a rare private prosecution against two doctors accused of promoting the illegal practice.

Pope Francis – Do you have what it takes to be a good priest?

Nov 12, 2014 - 04:56 am .- In his weekly general audience Pope Francis spoke on the qualities needed to be a true minister of God, saying that those who are ordained should never be “authoritative,” but rather humble and merciful.

Food, blankets and hope – nuns risk lives to serve Syrian refugees

Nov 12, 2014 - 04:27 am .- Near the Lebanon-Syria border, two religious sisters are among the staff members at a refugee service center working to give relief – and hope – to thousands who have fled the armed conflict in Syria.  

Agree to disagree: Why young Catholics pose a unique challenge for the Church

Nov 12, 2014 - 02:56 am .- While a failure to understand doctrine is present in many segments of the Catholic population, young adults are exhibiting an alarmingly casual attitude towards accepting Church teaching, a study commissioned by the U.S. bishops has found.

Education to love: the real issue for the next Synod on the Family

Nov 12, 2014 - 02:03 am .- The lack of a proper 'education to love' is the major issue at stake with regard to family – being more compelling than the issues of the divorced and remarried or same-sex attracted persons, Msgr. Livio Melina has stressed.