Archive of January 16, 2020 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of January 16, 2020

Protesters interrupt installation Mass of new Chilean archbishop

Jan 16, 2020 - 07:00 pm .- During the Jan. 11 installation Mass of Celestino Aós as the new archbishop of Santiago, Chile, a small number of protesters opened backpacks near the front of the church and dumped tear gas canisters on the floor.

Assisted suicide foes ask Manx parliament not to legalize 'despair'

Jan 16, 2020 - 06:01 pm .- A proposal to survey lawmakers’ support to legalize assisted suicide on the Isle of Man drew criticism from disability groups and other foes of the practice, who say it promotes “despair” rather than support for the vulnerable.

Churches critical in fighting human trafficking, members of Congress told

Jan 16, 2020 - 05:15 pm .- Faith-based groups play a critical role in the global fight against human trafficking—one which merits a closer partnership with the U.S., one Catholic leader told members of Congress Wednesday.

US Senate bill would abolish tax-deductibility of abortions

Jan 16, 2020 - 04:18 pm .- Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) introduced the Abortion is Not Healthcare Act Jan. 9, a bill that would reclassify abortions in the tax code and end their tax deductibility.

Bishop calls Americans to build 'culture of religious freedom'

Jan 16, 2020 - 04:10 pm .- The head of the U.S. bishops’ religious liberty committee called on Americans to build a “culture of religious freedom” that respects the ability of all people to live out their beliefs in peace.

Trump admin announces rules to allow equal access to grants for religious groups

Jan 16, 2020 - 03:55 pm .- The White House announced new rules from nine federal agencies Thursday to help ensure that religious groups have equal access to public benefit programs.

Critics: Utah bill on confession would criminalize priests, not counter sex abuse

Jan 16, 2020 - 03:01 pm .- A Utah legislator’s proposal to remove protections for priests and other clergy who hear confessions of the sexual abuse of minors has drawn significant criticism from Catholics and other commentators.

Mike Pence to meet Pope Francis in Vatican next week

Jan 16, 2020 - 02:00 pm .- Vice President Mike Pence will travel to the Vatican next week to meet with Pope Francis. The audience follows Amb. Brownback's visit to Vatican City for the launch of the Abrahamic Faiths Initiative, held on Tuesday at the official residence of the U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See.

Italian bishops promote Catholic-Jewish dialogue as antisemitic speech increases

Jan 16, 2020 - 11:01 am .- The Catholic Church in Italy marked its 31st annual Day of Jewish-Christian Religious Dialogue with a discussion between Rome’s chief rabbi and a Catholic priest who is a professor of the Old Testament.

School threatens suspension for student's 'Virginity Rocks' sweatshirt

Jan 16, 2020 - 10:00 am .- School administrators in Wentzville, Missouri, threatened to suspend a seventh grade student if he returned to school wearing a sweatshirt with the slogan “Virginity Rocks.” 

Tabernacle retrieved intact from church destroyed by earthquake in Puerto Rico

Jan 16, 2020 - 04:00 am .- Precariously resting on the edge of an altar leaning forward from the impact of the earthquake that struck Puerto Rico, a tabernacle was retrieved intact from a church in Puerto Rico and brought to safety.