Archive of February 20, 2020 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of February 20, 2020

New Zealand abortion bill 'totally unacceptable', bishops say

Feb 20, 2020 - 07:01 pm .- The unborn child will lose all rights under a bill to change New Zealand’s abortion laws, and women pressured into abortion will not receive the help they need, the country’s Catholic bishops have warned.

Doctors, bishops oppose decriminalization of euthanasia in Portugal

Feb 20, 2020 - 06:29 pm .- Lawmakers in Portugal debated five pieces of legislation Thursday to decriminalize euthanasia and assisted suicide, and doctors in the country are joining with the Catholic Church in opposing the potential change.

Mass formally opens beatification cause of Eileen O'Connor, laywoman and mystic

Feb 20, 2020 - 05:15 pm .- Archbishop Anthony Fisher, O.P., of Sydney said Mass Thursday to open formally the cause of beatification of Eileen O'Connor, the foundress of Our Lady's Nurses of the Poor who died at a young age.

US bishops: Pope Francis talks Fr. James Martin, euthanasia, at private meeting

Feb 20, 2020 - 05:00 pm .- During a private meeting with bishops from the southwestern United States, Pope Francis talked about his 2019 meeting with Fr. James Martin, SJ, and about pastoral care and assisted suicide.

Retired judge hears arguments about NFL emails in clergy abuse case

Feb 20, 2020 - 04:00 pm .- A retired New Orleans judge heard arguments on Thursday on whether private correspondence between an NFL franchise and the Archdiocese of New Orleans should be made public.

Assisted suicide applications higher than expected under new Australian law

Feb 20, 2020 - 03:01 pm .- A total of 52 people in the Australian state of Victoria ended their lives by doctor-assisted suicide in the first six months since the state’s Voluntary Assisted Dying law went into effect. 

Head of Australian bishops' conference in Rome ahead of plenary council

Feb 20, 2020 - 02:00 pm .- Archbishop Mark Coleridge of Brisbane, president of the Australian bishops’ conference, is in Rome for high-level discussions ahead of the Church in Australia’s first plenary council since Vatican II, set to begin in October.

What to expect when Vatican archives on Venerable Pope Pius XII open in March

Feb 20, 2020 - 11:32 am .- The Vatican’s archives on the pontificate of Venerable Pius XII will become available for study March 2, possibly bringing to light new information about the pope’s actions during World War II.

Tennessee governor denies clemency to death row 'model inmate'

Feb 20, 2020 - 11:00 am .- Nicholas Sutton, 58, was sentenced to death in 1988 after he and another inmate murdered a fellow prisoner.

Pope Francis urges Catholic educators to teach inclusive integral ecology

Feb 20, 2020 - 10:08 am .- Pope Francis called for an educational revolution Thursday, telling the Congregation for Catholic Education that more effort needs to be made to accelerate the inclusiveness of education.

Bishop Wall: Pope Francis 'passionate about life' from conception to natural death

Feb 20, 2020 - 03:01 am .- After visiting with Pope Francis for two and a half hours during his region’s ad limina visit, Bishop James Wall of Gallup told CNA that he was encouraged by the Holy Father’s passion for the pro-life movement, his love for the vulnerable in society, and his willingness to discuss anything.