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

How the blind can 'see' Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico

Dec 12, 2019 - 07:10 pm .- Just inside the entrance to the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City is a small area with a bas-relief sculpture of the Virgin Mary on display, designed especially for the blind to encounter Our Lady.

Lebanese bishops concerned about Christian emigration

Dec 12, 2019 - 06:01 pm .- Aid to the Church in Need spoke about the situation in Lebanon with Melkite Archbishop Georges Bacouni of Beirut.

Cardinal Sako orders muted Christmas celebrations in Iraq

Dec 12, 2019 - 05:00 pm .- Christmas celebrations among Iraqi Christians will be subdued this year in a show of solidarity with anti-government protesters. 

Pontifical Academy for Life hosts interreligious discussion on palliative care

Dec 12, 2019 - 04:56 pm .- The Vatican’s Pontifical Academy for Life held an international symposium this week on medical ethics and palliative care, hosted together with the WISH initiative, a part of the Qatar Foundation.

Pope Francis: Our Lady of Guadalupe is 'woman, mother, and mestiza'

Dec 12, 2019 - 04:55 pm .- Pope Francis celebrated Dec. 12 Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica for the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, at which the pope mentioned that through the apparition, Mary revealed herself to be the mother of all humanity.

Senate passes resolution recognizing Armenian Genocide

Dec 12, 2019 - 04:00 pm .- The Senate on Thursday passed a resolution recognizing the Armenian genocide, after several previous attempts to do so were blocked at the direction of the White House.

International pro-choice groups launch abortion hotline for Poles

Dec 12, 2019 - 03:42 pm .- A coalition of abortion advocacy groups has launched a hotline service to inform Polish women on how to procure abortion inside and outside of the largely pro-life country.

Women African judges meet at Vatican to tackle 'plague' of human trafficking

Dec 12, 2019 - 02:25 pm .- A group of around 50 women judges and prosecutors engaged in the fight against human trafficking and organized crime in Africa is meeting at the Vatican this week.

German bishops commit to 'newly assessing' Catholic doctrine on homosexuality and sexual morality

Dec 12, 2019 - 02:10 pm .- The German bishops’ conference has committed to “newly assessing” the universal Church’s teaching on homosexuality, sexual morality in general, as well as the sacraments of ordination and marriage. The commitment comes at the beginning of a controversial two-year “Synodal Process” by the German hierarchy.

White House summit on family leave follows new House bill

Dec 12, 2019 - 12:00 pm .- The White House hosted a summit on paid leave Thursday, hours after the House passed a bill with 12 weeks of paid parental leave for federal workers.

Six California dioceses subpoenaed in sex abuse investigation

Dec 12, 2019 - 11:33 am .- The office of California's attorney general has informed six dioceses in the state that they will be issued subpoenas as part of a review of child protection policies and procedures.

Pope Francis: The world needs peacemakers open to dialogue, forgiveness

Dec 12, 2019 - 10:15 am .- Pope Francis’ message for the 2020 World Day of Peace released Thursday calls for openness to dialogue, commitment to forgiveness, and an ecological conversion.

Pope Francis taps 'Minnesota farm boy' to lead Sioux Falls diocese

Dec 12, 2019 - 04:42 am .- Pope Francis Thursday accepted the resignation of Bishop Paul Joseph Swain of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and appointed Minnesota priest Fr. Donald Edward DeGrood as his successor.

Fact or fiction? Nine popular myths about Our Lady of Guadalupe

Dec 12, 2019 - 04:00 am .- In the 500 years since Our Lady of Guadalupe appeared, the image of Our Lady has become the subject of several popular myths and legends, especially in Mexico, where she appeared. 

Pope Francis: 'Holiness is the true light of the Church'

Dec 12, 2019 - 04:00 am .- Pope Francis said Thursday that the often hidden holiness lived out in everyday life is a true light within the Church.

Surprise! Chicago suburb is home to a major Guadalupe shrine

Dec 12, 2019 - 03:01 am .- Marian devotion is intense among the hundreds of thousands of people who visit the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe each year on her feast day.

Pro-life doctor weighs in amid furor over Ohio ectopic pregnancy bill

Dec 12, 2019 - 12:48 am .- Controversy continues over a bill in Ohio that would require doctors to attempt to “reimplant” embryos removed during procedures to treat ectopic pregnancy, with both pro-life and pro-choice advocates noting that doing so is not yet medically possible.

Revisions announced to Australia religious freedom bill 

Dec 12, 2019 - 12:47 am .- Following religious groups’ criticism of an Australian bill intended to protect religious freedom, Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Attorney-General Christian Porter have released a second version that appears to address some concerns.