Archive of November 20, 2019 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of November 20, 2019

In a meeting with Thailand's Supreme Buddhist Patriarch, Pope Francis encourages peace

Nov 20, 2019 - 09:42 pm .- Catholics and Buddhists share should work together to advance the cause of mercy in the world, Pope Francis said Thursday during a historic meeting with the Supreme Buddhist Patriarch of Thailand.

Strive for unity amid diversity, Pope Francis tells authorities in Thailand

Nov 20, 2019 - 07:56 pm .- In his first official speech in Thailand Thursday, Pope Francis encouraged the Thai authorities, civil society, and diplomatic corps to strive after unity, even while preserving the diversity which gives their country “soul.”

Tokyo archbishop: Japanese Shinto celebrations a chance for evangelization

Nov 20, 2019 - 05:25 pm .- Though it is mostly an irreligious country, seemingly untroubled by matters of the hereafter, Japan is over-run with festivals and holidays dedicated to the Buddhist and Shinto gods.

Opposition activists hold hunger strikes in Nicaraguan churches

Nov 20, 2019 - 05:01 pm .- Pro-government forces have ended a siege of the Managua cathedral as mothers holding a hunger strike there were evacuated, though a similar hunger strike at a parish church in Masaya is continuing.

Knights of Columbus give hundreds of new coats to Denver’s homeless before snowfall

Nov 20, 2019 - 04:15 pm .- On a partly cloudy and relatively pleasant November morning in downtown Denver, volunteers with the Knights of Columbus set up tents for distributing new puffy winter coats, as well as snacks, socks and water, to homeless people.

Catholic Church in India launches website to help widows remarry

Nov 20, 2019 - 04:03 pm .- The Catholic Church in Kerala is hoping to help widows in India - who often suffer from social stigmas - through its new matchmaking website.

Support for religious freedom still strong despite culture wars

Nov 20, 2019 - 03:10 pm .- A new report by a leading legal group claims that, despite deep division and polarization in the U.S., there is still a national consensus for a broad interpretation of religious freedom.

Prosecutor calls for arrest of Vatican bishop charged with abusing Argentine seminarians

Nov 20, 2019 - 02:05 pm .- A criminal prosecutor in Argentina has requested the arrest of Bishop Gustavo Zanchetta, who is accused of sexually abusing two seminarians. Zanchetta is suspended from a position at the Vatican’s central bank, where he was appointed an “assessor” by Pope Francis in 2017.

Third judge finds against conscience protection rule for medical workers

Nov 20, 2019 - 02:00 pm .- A third federal judge has struck down the Trump administration’s conscience protection rule for medical professionals who object to abortions because of their religious beliefs. 

Lebanon on the brink: Syrian crisis threatens 'last safe haven' for Christians

Nov 20, 2019 - 01:00 pm .- A new report claims that the Syrian refugee crisis is severely burdening Lebanon’s limited resources and threatens its pluralism, requiring immediate international assistance.

Thai bishop: Pope’s visit a significant moment for small Catholic community

Nov 20, 2019 - 12:09 pm .- Pope Francis’ trip to Thailand is a meaningful moment for the small Catholic community, and marks an important anniversary in the life of the Catholic Church in the southeast Asian country, the secretary general of the Thailand bishops’ conference said.

Politician of Spain's Vox party offers ultrasounds outside Madrid abortion clinics

Nov 20, 2019 - 10:56 am .- Gádor Joya, a pediatrician and a legislator of the Assembly of Madrid from the Vox party, operates the “Life Ambulance Project” outside abortion clinics in the city, offering ultrasounds to pregnant women.

Cardinal Parolin says he arranged controversial hospital loan, Papal Foundation grant

Nov 20, 2019 - 10:26 am .- The Vatican Secretary of State told CNA this week that he is responsible for arranging a controversial loan for the purchase of a bankrupt Italian hospital, and that he arranged with Cardinal Donald Wuerl a grant from the U.S.-based Papal Foundation to cover the loan when it could not be repaid.

Vatican affirms need for two-state solution after U.S. shift on Israeli settlements

Nov 20, 2019 - 09:40 am .- The Holy See on Wednesday reaffirmed its support of a two-state solution for Israel and Palestine, after recent shifts in U.S. policy threatened to derail hopes of an agreement.

Archbishop of Tokyo: ‘Collapse of traditional family system’ a challenge for irreligious Japan

Nov 20, 2019 - 04:00 am .- The Archbishop of Tokyo, Isao Kikuchi, spoke with CNA about the challenge for Japanese Catholic churches to keep Catholics engaged, in the face of ongoing population decline and growing religious apathy from Japanese youth.

In West Africa, Church leaders meet to discuss humanitarian crisis

Nov 20, 2019 - 12:16 am .- Bishops and Catholic leaders from West Africa concluded a two-day meeting last week by reaffirming their commitment to work for an end to the violence plaguing the region.