Archive of December 16, 2016 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of December 16, 2016

Record-breaking year for the Coming Home Network

Dec 16, 2016 - 07:42 pm .- Dedicated to serving Catholic converts, the network Coming Home, will meet the closing of the year with record-breaking membership numbers, reporting over 5,000 new members for 2016.  

Pope Francis meets with Colombian leaders in wake of peace deal

Dec 16, 2016 - 11:45 am .- Pope Francis met Friday morning with Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos Calderón and former president Senator Álvaro Uribe Vélez, as the country works to finalize a peace accord which would end a 52-year conflict between the government and rebel groups.

In Indonesia, Christian governor rejects blasphemy charge

Dec 16, 2016 - 10:49 am .- The Christian governor of Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, could face stiff penalties if convicted of insulting the Quran – a charge he strongly denies.

Vatican police mark 200th anniversary with concert for needy children

Dec 16, 2016 - 08:11 am .- In honor of their bicentenary, the Vatican Gendarmerie have decided to celebrate with an act of mercy: they will host a concert that will be used to fund a children’s hospital in Bangui and earthquake relief efforts in Central Italy.

New Biloxi bishop humbled, joyed by his appointment

Dec 16, 2016 - 06:02 am .- On Friday the Vatican announced that Pope Francis accepted the retirement of Bishop Roger Morin of Biloxi, and appointed Louisiana native Msgr. Louis Kihneman as his successor.

Why pro-lifers are calling this rule a gift to Planned Parenthood

Dec 16, 2016 - 06:01 am .- States cannot keep federal grants away from Planned Parenthood clinics, the Obama administration ruled on Wednesday in a move that critics say is a “parting gift to Big Abortion.”

'Have mercy on ISIS': The shocking prayer of a young Iraqi

Dec 16, 2016 - 04:02 am .- Christina Shabo was born under a tree in a refugee camp after her family fled bombing in their Iraqi hometown in 1991.

Courage to host event on pastoral approach to sexual identity

Dec 16, 2016 - 12:02 am .- Courage International will team with the Phoenix diocese in the new year to host an event addressing same-sex attraction and other sexual identity issues on the forefront of Church discussion today.