Archive of September 12, 2019 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of September 12, 2019

Catholic leaders appeal for help after Jesuit school in India attacked

Sep 12, 2019 - 07:01 pm .- Catholics in the Archdiocese of Ranchi have appealed for help after a local Jesuit mission was brutally attacked by a large armed mob last week.

ND judge nixes law requiring doctors to inform women on abortion pill reversal

Sep 12, 2019 - 06:01 pm .- After a North Dakota judge nixed part of a new law requiring doctors to inform their patients about abortion pill reversal, pro-life advocates say they hope the decision will be overturned.

Florida parents who refused chemo for child denied custody

Sep 12, 2019 - 05:20 pm .- A judge in Florida has denied a couple custody of their four-year-old son, who has leukemia, because there is “imminent risk of neglect” if he stays with his parents, who skipped a chemotherapy session for the child in order to leave the state to seek alternative treatments.

Ahead of fiscal deadline, senators use budget process to attack Mexico City Policy

Sep 12, 2019 - 05:01 pm .- US Senate Democrats sought to repeal the Mexico City Policy this week in an appropriations bill, raising concern that some pro-life policies could be endangered during budget negotiations as the end of the fiscal year approaches.

Minnesota House committee hears testimony on assisted suicide

Sep 12, 2019 - 04:01 pm .- More than 200 people attended an informational hearing of a Minnesota House committee Wednesday that listened to testimony regarding an assisted suicide bill which is unlikely to advance in the Republican-led Senate.

Priests 'cannot comply' with laws that break seal of confession, Tasmania's archbishop says

Sep 12, 2019 - 03:00 pm .- The leader of Tasmania’s Catholic Church said priests in his archdiocese will not comply with a law that would require them to break the seal of confession to report suspected child abuse.

Pope Francis urges new bishops to draw close to God and His people

Sep 12, 2019 - 02:01 pm .- As Pope Francis met Thursday with bishops ordained in the past year, he urged them to make time for an intimate relationship with God and for pastoral visits to people they serve.

Vatican: German synod plans ‘not ecclesiologically valid’

Sep 12, 2019 - 01:18 pm .- In a letter sent to German bishops last week, the Vatican has said that plans for a binding Church synod in Germany are “not ecclesiologically valid.” 

New Australian law requires priests to break confessional seal

Sep 12, 2019 - 12:37 pm .- A law passed in the Australian state of Victoria on Tuesday would require priests to violate the seal of confession if anything in the confession gave them reason to suspect occurrences of child abuse. The new law carries a sentence of up to three years in prison if a mandatory reporter does not report abuse to the authorities.

Pope Francis announces ‘global village’ alliance for education, environment

Sep 12, 2019 - 09:25 am .- Pope Francis announced Thursday his newest initiative to form an international and interreligious alliance, which he described as “global village” to educate each child and promote care for the earth.

EU official: Release of Asia Bibi shows promise for religious freedom

Sep 12, 2019 - 12:02 am .- A European Union official who played a role in working for the release of Pakistani death row inmate Asia Bibi said the outcome shows the potential of international cooperation to promote religious freedom.