Archive of February 24, 2020 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of February 24, 2020

California doubles down on rule forcing Catholic nuns to pay for abortion

Feb 24, 2020 - 05:20 pm .- Facing the threat of major cuts to federal HHS funds, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has said the state will not back down from its ban on health insurance plans that exclude abortion, even after federal authorities have sided with Catholic nuns who object to the ban.

US Hispanic Catholics more likely to attend Mass, less likely to vote Trump

Feb 24, 2020 - 05:00 pm .- A new poll shows that Hispanics Catholics in the U.S. are more likely to attend weekly Mass and far less likely to support President Trump than other U.S. Catholics.

Filipino archbishop requests abstinence from applause during Mass

Feb 24, 2020 - 04:41 pm .- In a pastoral letter anticipating the beginning of Lent on Wednesday, Archbishop Socrates Villegas of Lingayen-Dagupan has asked that the faithful not clap in church, either during or after Mass.

New poll asks Catholics what they believe about abortion

Feb 24, 2020 - 04:30 pm .- While the Catholic Church teaches that procuring an abortion is always immoral, a majority of U.S. Catholics do not believe abortion is intrinsically evil and say it should be legal in all or most cases.

New poll shows Catholic divide over 2020 election tracks with deeper rifts

Feb 24, 2020 - 04:01 pm .- As Democratic primary voters choose which candidate will oppose President Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election, the second in a series of landmark polls shows Catholic voters are sharply divided over politics, and over issues of faith and morality.

Federal appeals court upholds Trump's 'Protect Life Rule'

Feb 24, 2020 - 03:10 pm .- A federal appeals court ruled Monday that the Trump administration’s policy adjustments to the Title X program can stay, meaning that Planned Parenthood will continue to lose out on about $60 million in federal funding. 

Supreme Court will hear Philadelphia Catholic foster care case

Feb 24, 2020 - 01:00 pm .- The Supreme Court will decide if the city of Philadelphia was correct to terminate its relationship with Catholic Social Services because the agency did not work with same-sex couples in providing foster care. 

Belgian PM condemns anti-Semitic floats in historic parade

Feb 24, 2020 - 11:30 am .- For the second consecutive year, organizers of the Aalst Carnival included numerous apparetnly anti-Semitic caricatures and floats in the annual parade. This year the event also included marchers who appeared to be dressed as Nazi soldiers.

Fasting and Abstinence at Lent: A CNA Explainer

Feb 24, 2020 - 10:00 am .- What does the Church require in Lent, and why? Here are some answers from CNA.

Dioceses in northern Italy suspend Mass during coronavirus outbreak

Feb 24, 2020 - 06:54 am .- Several Catholic dioceses in northern Italy have suspended Mass and other activities this week to help contain the spread of COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by coronavirus.

Personal conversion needed to confront Satan's lies, pope says in Lent message

Feb 24, 2020 - 03:34 am .- There is an urgent need for personal conversion, without which the temptations of Satan, and the presence of evil, create a “hell here on earth,” Pope Francis said Monday in his 2020 Lenten message.

Denver archbishop discusses February Pope Francis meeting

Feb 24, 2020 - 12:06 am .- The Archbishop of Denver offered his impressions of a Feb. 10 meeting between some U.S. bishops and Pope Francis, at which the bishops’ discussion with the pope included some questions about the ministry of Fr. James Martin, and about a 2019 meeting between the pontiff and the priest.