Archive of December 3, 2014 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of December 3, 2014

Manila declares five-day holiday for Pope Francis' upcoming visit

Dec 3, 2014 - 04:04 pm .- In an executive order, the mayor of Manila has declared a five-day, non-working holiday for Pope Francis’ Jan. 15-19 visit – a decision the Philippine government is considering on a national level.  

Court commended for staying execution of mentally ill man

Dec 3, 2014 - 03:12 pm .- The Catholic bishops in Texas thanked a federal appeals court for issuing a stay of execution for mentally ill inmate Scott Louis Panetti mere hours before the state was due to carry out his capital punishment.  

How Christian division hampers peace, reconciliation in Holy Land

Dec 3, 2014 - 12:47 pm .- The lack of unity among Christians is one of the factors that keeps them from playing a mediatory role in the conflict between Palestinians and Israelis, according to the head of the Franciscans in the Middle East.  

Investigation of former Dominican Republic nuncio moves forward

Dec 3, 2014 - 10:31 am .- The Vatican’s press officer provided an update on the trial of laicized former nuncio Jozef Wesolowski, saying that the case is moving forward, and the first stages of investigation and questioning have begun.  

Pope Francis prays for more fruitful dialogue after trip to Turkey

Dec 3, 2014 - 05:35 am .- In his weekly general audience Pope Francis recalled the activities of his recent trip to Turkey, and prayed that the visit would lead to a more fruitful ecumenical and interreligious dialogue.

Catastrophe ahead? UN halts Syrian refugee food program

Dec 3, 2014 - 04:02 am .- With winter approaching, Congress must act to help Syrian refugees whose basic needs are threatened by the U.N. suspension of an urgent food assistance program, said a leading Catholic humanitarian agency.  

Catholics in Australia to observe day of solidarity with Middle East brethren

Dec 3, 2014 - 02:01 am .- The Australian bishops have declared that Dec. 7 will be a day of solidarity throughout the country with Christians in the Middle East, a large number of whom have been threatened or displaced by the Islamic State.

Cardinal Scola: Pope Francis will stand with tradition on marriage

Dec 3, 2014 - 12:01 am .- In an interview with an Italian paper published on Tuesday, Cardinal Angelo Scola of Milan stated that Pope Francis will not push the Church away from the understanding of marriage's indissolubility.