Archive of February 26, 2020 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of February 26, 2020

Denver archbishop requests fasting, prayer for victims of sexual abuse

Feb 26, 2020 - 06:01 pm .- For the second year, Archbishop Samuel Aquila of Denver is inviting all the faithful of the local Church to offer prayers and fasting for victims of sexual abuse on the first Friday of Lent, Feb. 28.

Florida man tackles deacon during anticipated Mass

Feb 26, 2020 - 05:00 pm .- It took ten parishioners to restrain Thomas Eisel after he attacked a deacon during an anticipated Mass on Saturday.

Infant boy removed from ventilator after controversial 'brain stem death' ruling

Feb 26, 2020 - 04:46 pm .- Despite his parents’ protests that he showed “signs of life,” a four-month old boy who was severely brain damaged was legally declared dead and has been removed from a ventilator in the U.K.

Wear black to protest anti-Christian violence, Nigerian Catholics told

Feb 26, 2020 - 03:00 pm .- The bishops of Nigeria told the nation’s Catholics to wear black on Ash Wednesday to protest the ongoing persecution of Christians in the country.

Accompaniment central to priestly formation in Cuba, spiritual director says

Feb 26, 2020 - 02:30 pm .- Accompaniment for seminarians is critical in Cuba, a priest has said, reflecting that Cubans are “a tired people, a people without hope, it's a people that really feels helpless.”

Pope Francis prays for Iraqis as Vatican confirms no papal visit in 2020

Feb 26, 2020 - 02:00 pm .- Speaking to pilgrims from the Middle East during his general audience address, the pope gave a special welcome to people from Iraq, who he said were present in a “nice group.”

Hong Kong Catholics told to look online as Mass cancelled across China

Feb 26, 2020 - 12:30 pm .- The Diocese of Hong Kong has told Catholics to make use of online resources following the cancellation of Masses in response to the coronavirus.

ACLU lawsuit targets 'sanctuary cities' for the unborn

Feb 26, 2020 - 12:00 pm .- The American Civil Liberties Union on Tuesday filed lawsuits against seven Texas cities that have declared themselves “sanctuary cities” for unborn children.

Pope Francis on Ash Wednesday: Confession purifies hearts

Feb 26, 2020 - 11:00 am .- Before going to confession, Pope Francis recommended, people should stand in front of the Crucifix and contemplate Christ on the cross.

Secretary of German bishops' conference steps down

Feb 26, 2020 - 10:00 am .- Langendörfer made the announcement Feb. 26, through the official media outlet of the Church in Germany. He said that he is stepping down to make way for someone younger.

'Repent and accept the Gospel' Trumps say in Ash Wednesday statement

Feb 26, 2020 - 09:00 am .- “This powerful and sacred tradition reminds us of our shared mortality, Christ’s saving love, and the need to repent and accept the Gospel more fully,” said President Donald Trump and First Lady Melanie Trump in a statement on Ash Wednesday.

Pope Francis' Lent advice: Put down phone, pick up Bible

Feb 26, 2020 - 02:55 am .- Pope Francis urged Catholics Wednesday to use the season of Lent to spend less time immersed in the chatter and noise of the world through television and their phones, and to spend more time in silence and in conversation with God.