Archive of February 5, 2019

Illinois bishops blunt in joint statement on pot proposal

Feb 5, 2019 - 08:15 pm .- Citing “rampant” drug use in modern society and a commitment to the common good, the six Catholic bishops of Illinois are speaking out against the the state’s efforts to legalize recreational marijuana.

Cuomo proposal would lift New York’s ban on surrogacy contracts

Feb 5, 2019 - 08:00 pm .- Just days after expanding legal abortion up to the point of birth, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is proposing a law that would lift the ban on surrogacy contracts in the state of New York.

Catholics in Maryland protest assisted suicide bill

Feb 5, 2019 - 05:01 pm .- An assisted suicide bill has been introduced in the Maryland legislature, and opposed groups have criticized the bill for its lack of safeguards.

Archbishop cautions against US withdrawal from missile treaty

Feb 5, 2019 - 05:00 pm .- Archbishop Timothy Broglio, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ conference international justice and peace committee, has expressed his unease at the United State’s decision to withdraw from a Reagan-era nuclear arms treaty.

Why some Scottish hospitals don't tell parents their baby's sex

Feb 5, 2019 - 04:01 pm .- Some hospitals in Scotland have stopped telling expectant parents the sex of their unborn baby due to fears of legal action in cases of mistakes, the potential to encourage sex-selective abortion, and hostility to hospital staff from parents.

Trump admin: Reuniting migrant families may not be possible

Feb 5, 2019 - 03:51 pm .- In a court filing last week, the Trump administration argued that it may not be possible to reunite thousands of migrant parents with their children, who are living in sponsor homes, and that such reunions could be “disruptive and harmful” to the children.

Full text of Pope Francis' in-flight press conference from Abu Dhabi

Feb 5, 2019 - 03:01 pm .- Please read below for CNA's full transcript of the pope's Feb. 5 in-flight press conference from Abu Dhabi to Rome:

Sen. Booker quizzes judicial nominee on 'sin' and same-sex marriage

Feb 5, 2019 - 02:15 pm .- Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), used a confirmation hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee to question a judicial nominee about her views on the “sinfulness” of homosexual marriage.  

Pope says Church is working to end abuse of women religious by clerics

Feb 5, 2019 - 02:01 pm .- Pope Francis said Tuesday he is aware that mistreatment and abuse of religious women by clerics is still a problem, and that it is something the Church is working to end.

Venezuelan bishops, religious sisters and laity call for free elections

Feb 5, 2019 - 01:55 pm .- In a joint statement Monday, the Venezuelan bishops' conference, the Confederation of Religious Men and Women of Venezuela and the National Council of the Laity demanded the state agencies call “free and legitimate elections to retake the path to democracy,” allow the entry of humanitarian aid into the country and stop the repression against citizens.

Pope Francis: Mediation in Venezuela requires willingness of both sides

Feb 5, 2019 - 01:17 pm .- Pope Francis said Tuesday that he had not read Nicolas Maduro’s letter, but expressed an openness to mediate in Venezuela’s political situation, if both sides are willing.

Maduro asks Pope Francis to mediate in Venezuela

Feb 5, 2019 - 05:39 am .- Nicolas Maduro wrote a letter to Pope Francis asking him to mediate in the political situation in Venezuela, Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin confirmed Monday.

Seek Christ and his humble love, Pope Francis exhorts Catholics in UAE

Feb 5, 2019 - 02:32 am .- Preaching on the Beatitudes during his visit to the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday, Pope Francis called on those present to seek communion with Christ before all else.