Archive of December 19, 2019 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of December 19, 2019

US international religious freedom commission reauthorized, with strings

Dec 19, 2019 - 03:51 pm .- The Senate is set to re-authorize the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom for the next three years, in a compromise bill that has drawn charges of hampering its ability to do good work.

Lawsuit challenges Nashville suburb's limits on abortion clinics

Dec 19, 2019 - 03:28 pm .- Pro-life advocates warned against efforts to expand abortion after backers of abortion provider Carafem filed a legal challenge against a Nashville suburb’s zoning regulations that limit surgical abortion clinics.

Texas Right to Life fined for illegal funding of political ad

Dec 19, 2019 - 02:10 pm .- Pro-life group Texas Right to Life has been issued a $7,500 fine by the Texas Ethics Commission for illegally funding a political radio ad for the 2018 re-election campaign of a Republican state senator, Texas sources have reported.

Pope Francis installs cross in Vatican for migrants who died in Mediterranean

Dec 19, 2019 - 12:51 pm .- Pope Francis Thursday hung a cross encircled by a life jacket inside a Vatican building in memory of migrants and refugees who have lost their lives in the Mediterranean Sea.

There were over 800 extremist attacks in West Africa in 2019

Dec 19, 2019 - 10:47 am .- Extremist attacks have risen dramatically in Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger, from 180 incidents in 2017 to more than 800 violent attacks in 2019, according to the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Cathedral in Iraq's largest Christian town to be rebuilt in 2020

Dec 19, 2019 - 03:01 am .- The Great Al-Tahira Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Bakhdida remains charred black inside, five years after the Islamic State plundered and set it aflame; however, in 2020 the Syriac Catholic cathedral will be restored as Iraq’s largest Christian community fights to rebuild and regain what was lost.

Drop in support for the death penalty matches decline in its use

Dec 19, 2019 - 12:03 am .- As support for the death penalty decreases in the U.S., so does the number of inmates executed by the states, said a new report this week.