Archive of March 12, 2020 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of March 12, 2020

Full US appeals court considers Ohio Down syndrome abortion ban

Mar 12, 2020 - 06:01 pm .- The full Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on March 11 heard arguments over an Ohio law that prohibits abortions on the grounds of a diagnosis of Down syndrome, and which has been blocked for over two years.

Nonprofit seeks to provide computers to Iraqi Christian schools

Mar 12, 2020 - 05:01 pm .- While Christian schools in Iraq continue to suffer, a non-profit that promotes positive engagement in the Middle East is aiming to provide computers to Assyrian Christian schools.

Portland archdiocese will not cancel public Masses, after Oregon gov bans large gatherings

Mar 12, 2020 - 04:11 pm .- The Archdiocese of Portland will not cancel public Sunday Masses, after Oregon’s governor responded to the coronavirus pandemic by announcing a statewide prohibition on gatherings of more than 250 people.

State Department releases annual human rights report

Mar 12, 2020 - 04:00 pm .- The State Department released its annual human rights report on Wednesday, offering the administration’s summary of the situation in nearly 200 countries worldwide for the last year.

Chinese forced labor is in US supply chain, Congressional report finds

Mar 12, 2020 - 03:00 pm .- Political, ethnic and religious prisoners are being used as forced labor in China, making goods that end up in U.S. supply chains, a new report from the U.S. China Commission has found.

In Seattle, public Masses suspended, but prayer and ministry continue

Mar 12, 2020 - 01:20 pm .- The Archdiocese of Seattle has suspended public Masses and closed some Catholic schools, but priests in the archdiocese have been encouraged to keep churches open for prayer, to continue celebrating Mass privately, and to find ways to offer the sacrament of penance.

Rome's church buildings closed through April 3

Mar 12, 2020 - 01:15 pm .- The vicar general of Rome, Cardinal Angelo De Donatis, announced Thursday the closure of all churches in the diocese through April 3.

Places of worship caught in New Rochelle coronavirus 'containment area'

Mar 12, 2020 - 11:55 am .- Places of worship in a New York City suburb are facing unprecedented measures to fend off the spread of coronavirus after the governor on Tuesday announced the creation of a 1-mile radius “containment zone” to limit the virus’ spread.

'Somebody is killed every day': Bishop pleads for Christians to remember Ukraine

Mar 12, 2020 - 10:10 am .- With global attention focused on the coronavirus outbreak, Ukrainian Catholic bishop has urged Christians not to forget their suffering brethren in that country.

Pilgrimages canceled as new Israeli quarantine comes into effect

Mar 12, 2020 - 08:00 am .- New Israeli quarantine measures, in effect from Thursday, have led to cancelled trips to the Holy Land, with some pilgrims forced to leave early or risk being left stranded.

Vatican offices to remain open amid coronavirus lockdown

Mar 12, 2020 - 07:03 am .- Amid the coronavirus pandemic, Vatican City State offices and dicasteries of the Holy See will remain open and working, with additional precautions and the possibility to work from home in some cases, the Vatican said Thursday.

Pope Francis: Do not forget the poor during the coronavirus pandemic

Mar 12, 2020 - 05:15 am .- The suffering of the poor cannot be ignored during the coronavirus pandemic, Pope Francis said Thursday in his televised morning homily.

Why this group performs ultrasounds in Nebraska schools

Mar 12, 2020 - 04:00 am .- Pregnancy ultrasounds are often intimate moments, performed in the privacy of a doctor’s office. But pregnant volunteers, and one Nebraska group, have begun performing ultrasounds in schools: aiming to give students a live, real-time look at the miracle of life.

Pell awaits decision after final Australian appeal

Mar 12, 2020 - 12:05 am .- Cardinal George Pell remains in prison while the seven justices of the Australian High Court consider his petition for special leave to appeal after a two day hearing in Canberra.