Archive of March 4, 2020 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of March 4, 2020

Japanese dioceses suspend Masses amid coronavirus epidemic

Mar 4, 2020 - 07:00 pm .- Several Japanese dioceses have suspended Masses for several weeks due to the ongoing coronavirus scare across the country.

Bishop encourages peace zones amid Filipino communist rebellion

Mar 4, 2020 - 06:18 pm .- After a recent military attack in the southern Philippines, a bishop has called on the government and rebel forces to withdraw soldiers from tribal communities.

Portland archdiocese: Coronavirus or no, Communion can be received on the tongue

Mar 4, 2020 - 06:01 pm .- The right to receive Holy Communion on the tongue has been affirmed by the Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon, which noted Monday that the risk of transmitting infection when receiving on the tongue or hand is “more or less equal.”

French bishop: Fear the 'epidemic of fear' more than coronavirus

Mar 4, 2020 - 04:37 pm .- People should be more concerned about the epidemic of fear than the coronavirus outbreak, Bishop Pascal Roland of Belley-Ars has said.

Malone suspended priest secretary who leaked chancery tapes

Mar 4, 2020 - 03:00 pm .- The day before he left his office, Bishop Richard Malone of Buffalo forbade his former priest secretary from celebrating sacraments, after the priest leaked audio recordings that showed Malone knew about clerical sexual abuse allegations months before he acted on them.

He won’t win. So why is Brian Carroll running for president? 

Mar 4, 2020 - 02:45 pm .- Brian Carroll, an evangelical Christian, is the presidential nominee of the American Solidarity Party, a small but growing group based largely on Catholic social teaching.

Supreme Court hears arguments on Louisiana abortion law

Mar 4, 2020 - 01:05 pm .- The Supreme Court heard arguments on Louisiana’s Unsafe Abortion Protection Act on Wednesday, as justices questioned lawyers from both sides on the state’s safety regulations for abortion clinics.

Pontifical universities close as coronavirus deaths in Italy surpass 100

Mar 4, 2020 - 12:45 pm .- Rome’s pontifical universities will temporarily shut down tomorrow, after Italy’s death toll from Covid-19 surpassed 100 people March 4.

Maine law removes religious exemptions for vaccinations

Mar 4, 2020 - 12:00 pm .- Voters in the state rejected an effort to overturn a state law that will go into effect next September. The law eliminates parents’ ability to opt-out of the state’s school enrollment vaccination requirement because of their philosophical or religious beliefs. 

German bishops reelect secretary on interim basis

Mar 4, 2020 - 11:30 am .- The secretary of the German bishops’ conference has been reelected to his position, despite announcing last week that he was not a candidate to remain in the role.

West Virginia passes bipartisan 'Born Alive' law

Mar 4, 2020 - 08:30 am .- Unlike similar bills to protect children born after at the federal level, the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act received widespread bipartisan support in West Virginia. 

This 'David and Goliath' has been confirmed as work of female Counter-Reformation artist

Mar 4, 2020 - 03:01 am .- For years, the dramatic paintings of Artemisia Gentileschi, a Catholic artist of the Counter-Reformation, were misattributed to male artists – most often her father, Orazio, who was also a painter.

Editor’s note: Journalist Luke Coppen to join Catholic News Agency

Mar 4, 2020 - 12:54 am .- Earlier this week, veteran British journalist Luke Coppen accepted a position as CNA’s Europe Editor.