Archive of December 17, 2014 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of December 17, 2014

Sing Sing inmates participate in gift exchange with Pope Francis

Dec 17, 2014 - 10:07 pm .- Inside the chapel of Our Lady of Hope at Sing Sing Prison, inmates sitting in the penitentiary’s chapel pews were stunned by what they had received from Pope Francis.

New app takes Pope Francis' Philippines visit mobile

Dec 17, 2014 - 03:56 pm .- The new official app for the Pope’s January visit to the Philippines will help people follow the Pope’s activities and find the latest news, while letting them offer their prayers on a special prayer wall.

Pope Francis strengthens commission for the protection of minors

Dec 17, 2014 - 02:04 pm .- Pope Francis appointed eight new members of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors on Wednesday, completing the ranks of the commission with a balanced geographical representation in doing so.

School massacre incites horror in Pakistani community

Dec 17, 2014 - 12:56 pm .- An Australian priest who spent more than 30 years in Pakistan has only one word for the impact of a Pakistani Taliban attack on a military school that left 141 victims, most of whom were children: “horror.”

Vatican, Pope played key role in US-Cuba prisoner release

Dec 17, 2014 - 10:26 am .- The Vatican played a critical role behind a prisoner exchange and a groundbreaking new policy between U.S. and Cuba announced on Wednesday, senior administration officials said.  

Tea and cake for Pope Francis as he celebrates 78th birthday

Dec 17, 2014 - 09:45 am .- Shouts of “Tanti auguri” – or, “Happy Birthday!” – filled St. Peter's Square Wednesday morning as Pope Francis circled around throngs of pilgrims on his popemobile during the weekly general audience.

An Advent gift: God's mercy in the confessional, cardinal says

Dec 17, 2014 - 06:02 am .- As Christmas approaches, priests and penitents should remind themselves of the “miracle” of confession and how we should approach the sacrament with “full freedom,” a Vatican cardinal says.

Pope: Mary and Joseph exemplify mission, vocation of family life

Dec 17, 2014 - 05:06 am .- Pope Francis spoke today about Jesus’ choice to be born into a family, saying that it shows the importance of the vocation, which Mary and Joseph epitomized through their everyday holiness.

Debt, illness, discrimination – Syrian refugees struggle in Lebanon

Dec 17, 2014 - 02:09 am .- After losing their homes and their livelihoods, Syrian refugees in Lebanon are now finding their plight worsened by the financial costs, medical stresses, and prejudices that can accompany living in a foreign land.

An early Christmas present: Pope Francis to meet man serving life sentence

Dec 17, 2014 - 12:08 am .- As inmates are moved by a letter Pope Francis has sent to the prison of a small town in central Italy, the news broke that a man serving a life sentence will be among those at an audience with Pope Francis Dec. 20.