Archive of December 13, 2019 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of December 13, 2019

New Jersey bishop opposes contraception bill removing religious exemption

Dec 13, 2019 - 08:40 pm .- A New Jersey bishop is calling on legislators to amend a bill that would force religious groups to fund contraceptive coverage for their employees, even if doing so violates their religious convictions.

For Gaza Christians, no Christmas travels to Bethlehem and Jerusalem

Dec 13, 2019 - 06:30 pm .- Church leaders in Jerusalem are appealing to Israeli authorities to reverse a decision that prohibits the Christmastime travel permits that usually allow a few hundred Christians from the Gaza Strip to visit Bethlehem, Nazareth and Jerusalem.

Group of South Sudanese clerics, laity reject Juba archbishop appointment

Dec 13, 2019 - 06:01 pm .- A group of three priests and five laymen from the Archdiocese of Juba wrote Thursday to the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples protesting the appointment of Stephen Ameyu Martin Mulla as archbishop.

‘A Hidden Life’ brings story of Bl. Franz Jaggerstatter and his wife to the big screen

Dec 13, 2019 - 05:27 pm .- A new film opening this weekend tells the story of Blessed Franz Jagerstatter, whose refusal to fight for the Nazis in World War II led to his imprisonment and death.

Bishops condemn antisemitism after New Jersey shooting

Dec 13, 2019 - 04:00 pm .- The U.S. bishops’ conference on Friday condemned the antisemitic shooting at a kosher market in Jersey City earlier this week, reiterating the Church’s absolute condemnation of antisemitism.

‘No logical connection’ between celibacy and abuse, CDF official says

Dec 13, 2019 - 03:00 pm .- A senior official at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has defended clerical celibacy in the wake of the abuse crisis. 

Bishop Conley announces medical leave of absence from Lincoln diocese

Dec 13, 2019 - 12:34 pm .- Bishop James Conley announced Friday that he is taking a medical leave of absence from his ministry as Bishop of Lincoln, Neb.

US bishops in Rome ask Pope Francis about McCarrick report

Dec 13, 2019 - 09:56 am .- American bishops from the Midwest met with Pope Francis this week with questions about the outcome of the Vatican’s investigation of Theodore McCarrick.

Pope Francis celebrates 50th ordination anniversary by honoring his mentor

Dec 13, 2019 - 06:00 am .- Fifty years ago on Dec. 13, Jorge Mario Bergoglio was ordained a Jesuit priest in Argentina. As pope, he will celebrate his ordination anniversary Friday by honoring one of his early spiritual mentors, Fr. Miguel Angel Fiorito.

Senior Victoria cops said Pell investigation could distract from major police scandal

Dec 13, 2019 - 04:00 am .- Senior police officials in the Australian state of Victoria discussed by email the way that their 2014 investigation into Cardinal George Pell could deflect public scrutiny from an emerging corruption scandal in the force.