Archive of January 15, 2020 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of January 15, 2020

Tenn governor to sign bill protecting faith-based adoption agencies

Jan 15, 2020 - 08:34 pm .- Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announced Jan. 15 that he intends to sign into law a bill to protect adoption organizations which place children based on the belief in marriage as a union between a man and woman.

Former priest on trial in France for sexual abuse of minors

Jan 15, 2020 - 07:01 pm .- Bernard Preynat, a former priest of the Archdiocese of Lyon, is on trial before a civil court in France. He has been accused of sexually abusing dozens of minors between 1971 and 1991; he was found guilty by an ecclesiastical tribunal last year.

Mexican bishops call for ending statute of limitations for sex abuse of minors

Jan 15, 2020 - 06:02 pm .- The bishops’ conference of Mexico has called on the country’s government to get rid of the statute of limitations in cases of sexual abuse of minors.

Amid Argentina food crisis, Caritas aims to help

Jan 15, 2020 - 04:51 pm .- Amid a continuing economic crisis in Argentina, the Catholic relief agency Caritas is working to provide food for thousands of families struggling to access adequate nutrition.

Rossi investigation still 'underway,' 4 months after it began.

Jan 15, 2020 - 04:40 pm .- Four months after the Diocese of Scranton began looking into allegations against the rector of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, a spokesman for the diocese said the investigation is not yet concluded.

Californian families talk progressive but look traditional, study finds

Jan 15, 2020 - 04:00 pm .- A new study says that while most Californians support the redefinition of marriage and the family, they choose intact marriages and traditional families for themselves.

‘An act of charity’: Virginia bishop defends parish hosting Episcopalian consecration

Jan 15, 2020 - 03:36 pm .- Bishop Barry Knestout of the Diocese of Richmond has issued a statement responding to concerns that a local parish church is to host an Episcopalian consecration of a female bishop.

Founder of Protestant movement returns to Catholic Church

Jan 15, 2020 - 02:42 pm .- The founder of a prominent non-denominational movement in India has returned to the Catholic faith of his baptism, after more than a decade as a Pentecostal pastor and traveling preacher.

Scotland's Bishop Robson accused of plagiarism in dissertation

Jan 15, 2020 - 02:15 pm .- A Scottish bishop accused of committing plagiarism in his doctoral dissertation told CNA that while he never intentionally committed any act of plagiarism, he will accept whatever consequences might come from the accusation.

Synod relator advises bishops on presenting Amazon apostolic exhortation

Jan 15, 2020 - 11:52 am .- Cardinal Claudio Hummes, the relator general of the Amazon synod, sent a letter Monday to some ordinaries indicating that the apostolic exhortation on the synod should be promulgated this month or the next.

Congressional leaders raise plight of US pastors in Chinese prisons

Jan 15, 2020 - 11:00 am .- More than a dozen members of Congress have asked President Trump to press for the release of U.S. pastors imprisoned in China, as the two countries sign phase one of a trade agreement today.

Pope appoints first woman to managerial position in Secretariat of State  

Jan 15, 2020 - 10:53 am .- Pope Francis has named Dr. Francesca Di Giovanni as undersecretary for multilateral affairs in the Vatican Secretariat of State, marking the first time that a woman has been appointed to a managerial position in the secretariat.

French bishops approve removing parents’ gender from baptismal forms

Jan 15, 2020 - 06:00 am .- The French Catholic bishops’ conference permanent council has approved a recommendation to remove references to the sex of parents on baptismal registry forms.

Pope Francis: The Church never tires of announcing God’s love

Jan 15, 2020 - 04:00 am .- While often persecuted and misunderstood, the Church never tires of announcing the love of God made present in Jesus Christ, Pope Francis said Wednesday.

Sisters of Life mark 100th birthday of founder, Cardinal O’Connor

Jan 15, 2020 - 02:56 am .- The Sisters of Life will celebrate the 100th birthday of their late founder, Cardinal John O’Connor, on Jan. 15 with an evening of prayer, reflection and thanksgiving in several major cities.

Oklahoma City archbishop supports effort to end state death penalty

Jan 15, 2020 - 12:16 am .- Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City has announced his support for state legislation that would remove the death penalty from consideration in capital cases.