Archive of December 17, 2016 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of December 17, 2016

Why speak about the poor? Look to Christmas, Pope Francis says

Dec 17, 2016 - 08:53 pm .- There’s a Christmas reason to speak always about the poor and about mercy, Pope Francis told a benefit concert Saturday.

Too many people misunderstand the 'vegetative state'

Dec 17, 2016 - 07:02 pm .- Martin Pistorius was a healthy 12-year-old boy living in South Africa with his family in the late 1980s when he was overcome with a mysterious illness.

Why Catholics are leaving the faith by age 10 – and what parents can do about it

Dec 17, 2016 - 02:36 pm .- Young Catholics are leaving the faith at an early age – sometimes before the age of 10 – and their reasons are deeper than being “bored at Mass,” the author of a new report claims.

Benedict XVI sends birthday wishes to Pope Francis

Dec 17, 2016 - 12:41 pm .- The Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI sent birthday greetings to Pope Francis on Saturday, Francis’ eightieth birthday.

The Catholic Church desperately needs artists.

Dec 17, 2016 - 10:02 am .- “Man can live without science, he can live without bread, but without beauty he could no longer live, because there would no longer be anything to do to the world. The whole secret is here, the whole of history is here.”

Pope marks 80th birthday with charitable giving to Rome's poor

Dec 17, 2016 - 07:02 am .- Pope Francis kicked off his 80th birthday by having breakfast with a group of homeless from around St. Peter’s and inviting them to Mass – but his giving didn’t stop there.

Pope will make two-day visit to Fatima marking apparition anniversary

Dec 17, 2016 - 05:59 am .- Though rumors have been floating around for some time, the Vatican confirmed Saturday that Pope Francis will travel to Fatima, Portugal May 12-13 in honor of the centenary of the apparitions.

What happens when you give the Pope a birthday present?

Dec 17, 2016 - 03:04 am .- Pope Francis will receive thousands of gifts for his 80th birthday Saturday, from heads of state and the ordinary faithful.