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

US bishops support Congressional resolution against assisted suicide

Dec 20, 2019 - 04:15 pm .- The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is encouraging members of Congress to support a continuing resolution criticizing assisted suicide as “deadly, discriminatory and non-compassionate.”

Erie diocese opens sainthood cause of lay educator, advocate for those with disabilities

Dec 20, 2019 - 03:45 pm .- When Dr. Gertrude Barber became the assistant superintendent of the Erie School District in Pennsylvania, the standard practice for educating children with disabilities and special needs was to institutionalize them.

CDF official: Anthropology and Scripture document is not 'open' to same-sex unions

Dec 20, 2019 - 03:00 pm .- The secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Archbishop Giacomo Morandi, said Friday that a new document by the Pontifical Biblical Commission does not give an “opening” to the validity of so-called same-sex unions.

HHS rule again allows religious adoption agencies to serve in face of LGBT demands

Dec 20, 2019 - 02:59 pm .- A federal rule change once again allows faith-based adoption agencies to receive federal funding without being required to place children with same-sex couples. The move was welcomed by a religious freedom legal group, but drew opposition from all Democrats in the U.S. Senate.

Changes at Houston's University of St. Thomas leave some doubtful

Dec 20, 2019 - 02:10 pm .- As a Catholic university in Texas says it is making necessary faculty cuts to survive, some alumni and faculty are questioning the future of the school’s Catholic liberal arts identity.

Benedict XVI creates foundation for Catholic journalism in Germany

Dec 20, 2019 - 10:24 am .- In what came as a surprise to many members of the Catholic elite in Germany, Pope emeritus Benedict XVI has launched a foundation for Catholic journalism in his home country.

Pope Francis surprises high school students before Christmas break

Dec 20, 2019 - 07:42 am .- Pope Francis Friday made a surprise visit to a high school in Rome, where he spoke to about 800 students and answered questions about war, peace, and the coexistence of different cultures and religions.

Pope Francis and UN Secretary General record video urging religious freedom, climate protection

Dec 20, 2019 - 07:40 am .- Pope Francis and the United Nations Secretary General António Guterres recorded a video message together at the Vatican Friday in which the two leaders urge the importance of religious freedom, human dignity, and environmental protection.

Border bishops celebrate Posadas with migrants at Mexican shelter

Dec 20, 2019 - 12:57 am .- Three bishops from along the U.S.-Mexico border joined migrants last week in celebrating Las Posadas, a Latin American Christmas tradition that reenacts Mary and Joseph’s search for an inn in Bethlehem.