Archive of December 14, 2016 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of December 14, 2016

Muslims and Christians in Burma still face persecution, US officials warn

Dec 14, 2016 - 04:50 pm .- Rohingya Muslims in Burma, as well as Christians, face continued persecution, destruction of homes and places of worship, and threats to their lives, human rights organizations are warning.

Major religious freedom law might get a Christmas upgrade

Dec 14, 2016 - 04:03 pm .- After almost 20 years, a landmark religious freedom bill may finally be getting a big upgrade.

Our Lady of Guadalupe asked to touch Trump's 'hardened heart'

Dec 14, 2016 - 03:37 pm .- Cardinal Norberto Rivera of Mexico City commended to Our Lady of Guadalupe the millions of migrants who have left behind their country for a better future in the U.S., asking her to help Americans welcome them – especially President-Elect Donald Trump.

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

Dec 14, 2016 - 10:01 am .- 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.

Religious leaders: sexual orientation laws threaten freedom

Dec 14, 2016 - 09:50 am .- It’s time to end coercion against those who recognize marriage as a union of one man and one woman and see the sexes as male and female, a group of religious and thought leaders has said.

Mission, synodality key themes in latest round of cardinal meetings

Dec 14, 2016 - 07:22 am .- Pope Francis’ Council of Cardinals met for the 17th time this week, with synodality and the Church’s “missionary drive” forming the basis of the discussion on how reform of the Curia’s various departments will move forward.

Drop plans to expand death penalty, bishops ask Philippines

Dec 14, 2016 - 06:04 am .- Catholic prayer and protests greeted proposals to expand the use of the death penalty in the Philippines, with the move drawing outspoken opposition from the country's bishops.

Pope: the world desperately needs hope – and we are the messengers

Dec 14, 2016 - 04:54 am .- Pope Francis Wednesday spoke about the hope that the Child Jesus brings at Christmastime, saying it is our duty to be the messengers who bring his message to the world – a world that is thirsting for goodness.

Year of Mercy was especially needed in South Sudan, bishop notes

Dec 14, 2016 - 03:04 am .- The Jubilee Year of Mercy was observed throughout the world but one bishop in South Sudan, suffering from war and famine, said it was especially needed in his country.

ISIS may be gone, but Mosul still faces a long winter ahead

Dec 14, 2016 - 12:02 am .- Christians, Muslims and other victims of ISIS feel relief over the terrorist group being pushed back from the Nineveh Plain area of Northern Iraq, but challenges remain for the region as winter sets in.