Archive of October 16, 2019 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of October 16, 2019

Catholic snakebite clinic in India saves thousands of lives each year

Oct 16, 2019 - 05:01 pm .- In most religious orders’ novitiate year, prospective sisters study and pray. Sister Crescencia Sun, however, had another habit to acquire: killing venomous snakes.

UN set to elect slave state to human rights council

Oct 16, 2019 - 04:00 pm .- Mauritania, the west African nation where slavery remains a widespread practice, is expected to be voted on to the United Nations’ Human Rights Council on Thursday. 

Legal assisted suicide puts people with disabilities at risk, report finds

Oct 16, 2019 - 01:24 pm .- Leaders in the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops applauded the National Council on Disability for its recent research on the risks of assisted suicide for people with disabilities.

Poland's ruling party accused of trying to ban sex education

Oct 16, 2019 - 01:00 pm .- The Law and Justice Party (PiS) is supporting a law that would criminalize the “promotion of underage sexual activity” to children under 15.

Analysis: A pink dolphin, a carved image, and inculturation at the Amazon synod

Oct 16, 2019 - 12:40 pm .- At a “moment of Amazon spirituality” Oct. 16, in a church just down the street from St. Peter’s Square, a woman told the Amazonian folk tale of a pink river dolphin who seduced a village girl. The story, and the conversation that ensued, is a poignant example of questions raised about the Vatican’s Amazon synod, and about the meaning of calls to “inculturate” the Gospel.

This princess saint was not Harry Potter’s owl: St. Hedwig of Silesia

Oct 16, 2019 - 11:20 am .- Readers who find this story through a search engine will likely have been looking for information about Hedwig, Harry Potter’s owl. St. Hedwig of Silesia was not an owl. But read on anyway: she was a princess, a wife, a mother, and a builder of bridges between the German and Polish people. And her husband’s name was “Henry the Bearded.”

Brazilian bishop: Lack of holiness among clerics an obstacle to vocations

Oct 16, 2019 - 11:01 am .- A bishop in Brazil who is a member of the Amazon synod said Wednesday he believes a major obstacle to increasing priestly vocations in the region is a lack of personal holiness among the ordained, rather than the discipline of celibacy.

Pope Francis: God has a universal desire for salvation

Oct 16, 2019 - 10:01 am .- God wills the salvation of all persons, Pope Francis said in his General Audience Wednesday, refelcting on the Acts of the Apostles.

Pope puts virtue and family at center of World Food Day message

Oct 16, 2019 - 09:00 am .- Pope Francis voiced his concerns about the world’s approach to food, and called for a global attitude of virtue towards nutrition in his World Food Day message.

Vatican communications official: Carved figure at Amazon synod not Virgin Mary

Oct 16, 2019 - 07:18 am .- Fr. Giacomo Costa, a communications official for the Amazon synod, said Wednesday a wooden figure of a nude pregnant woman, which has been present at events related to the synod, is not the Virgin Mary, but is instead a female figure representing life.

Mississippi pro-lifers file suit against abortion clinic protest restrictions

Oct 16, 2019 - 02:41 am .- Pro-life advocates in Jackson, Mississippi have filed a lawsuit against a new city ordinance that would restrict protesters’ ability to approach people and demonstrate outside abortion clinics.

As Angola drought continues, Catholic Church calls for emergency declaration

Oct 16, 2019 - 12:21 am .- As a severe drought continues to devastate regions of Angola, the Catholic Church in the country is asking the government to declare a state of emergency, according to Portuguese news agency Lusa.