Archive of January 31, 2020 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of January 31, 2020

In major change, Knights of Columbus drop secret initiation ceremony

Jan 31, 2020 - 07:11 pm .- The Knights of Columbus has announced a major revision to its longtime initiation ceremonies and for the first time will open them to the public, saying the changes are needed to become more appealing to prospective members and to respond to a “crisis” in church membership.

Pope Francis gives El Paso bishop rosaries for victims of Walmart shooting

Jan 31, 2020 - 06:49 pm .- During a recent trip to Rome with other bishops from his region, Bishop Mark Seitz asked Pope Francis to continue praying for the victims and families of those affected by the Aug. 3, 2019 shooting at an El Paso Walmart, which killed 22 people and injured 24 others.

EWTN Radio launches new weekly show

Jan 31, 2020 - 05:17 pm .- The EWTN Global Catholic Radio Network has announced the launch of a new weekly radio show, called “Conversations with Consequences,” which will premiere Feb. 1.

Connecticut bishops say vaccines are moral, religious liberty should be respected

Jan 31, 2020 - 04:28 pm .- The Catholic bishops of Connecticut issued a statement Tuesday clarifying Church teaching on vaccines, as legislators in the state consider a proposal that would eliminate the option for religious exemptions from vaccines.

Chinese churches closed in response to coronavirus 

Jan 31, 2020 - 04:27 pm .- As the deadly coronavirus continues to spread in China, church services in some areas have been cancelled for this weekend.

Leaked Amazon synod text on priestly ordination of married men a draft

Jan 31, 2020 - 03:15 pm .- A text presented Friday by Roberto de Mattei of Corrispondenza Romana as a portion of Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation following the Amazon synod is a draft, and not necessarily the final version, according to a Vatican source.

Banks pull scholarship support over Christian schools' LGBT policies

Jan 31, 2020 - 03:00 pm .- Two major banks withdrew support for a Florida scholarship program this week after deciding that the policies of some participating Christian schools were not sufficiently “inclusive” of LGBT students.

Analysis: Pope Francis and the Germans

Jan 31, 2020 - 02:15 pm .- Whether he turns his attention to the furthest corner of the Amazon, or to reforming his own curia in Rome, Francis may find that all roads lead through Berlin in 2020.

Church of England maintains sex guidance, despite apologizing for it

Jan 31, 2020 - 02:04 pm .- The Church of England will not be withdrawing its recent pastoral guidance affirming that sex is reserved for married, heterosexual partners, despite an apology over the statement from two of the ecclesial community's bishops.

Three of four abducted Nigerian seminarians have been released

Jan 31, 2020 - 11:13 am .- Three of the seminarians kidnapped earlier this month in northwestern Nigeria have been released safely by their captors, an official at Good Shepherd Seminary announced Friday.

USCCB announces new head of National Review Board

Jan 31, 2020 - 11:00 am .- The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has announced the new chair of the National Review Board, a lay advisory body to the bishops on the protection of children and youth.

Pope Francis: Grandparents provide crucial link to faith in secularized societies

Jan 31, 2020 - 10:30 am .- Grandparents can play a pivotal role in ensuring that the faith is passed on to their grandchildren in secularized societies, Pope Francis said Friday.

Healthcare networks launch anti-human trafficking training

Jan 31, 2020 - 07:30 am .- A new partnership is aiming to expand training for medical professionals on how to identify and assist victims of human trafficking. 

New sacrament formation program released in American Sign Language 

Jan 31, 2020 - 03:19 am .- A new sacrament formation program for the deaf and hard of hearing is offering adult catechetical information in American Sign Language.