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

Texas ends emergency ban on elective abortions, but questions remain

Apr 24, 2020 - 06:00 pm .- The controversy over whether Texas abortion clinics must comply with coronavirus-related emergency orders to halt elective surgeries statewide has now been rendered outdated by a new executive order allowing some surgeries to take place.

Following Trump's halt to US immigration, bishops call for solidarity

Apr 24, 2020 - 05:13 pm .- As the Trump administration suspends immigration to stem the spread of coronavirus, the United States’ bishops encouraged global solidarity, saying the order promotes hostility instead.

La Civiltà Cattolica launches Chinese edition

Apr 24, 2020 - 04:00 pm .- The Catholic periodical La Civiltà Cattolica will now be published in simplified Chinese, in what its publishers say is an attempt at establishing a better relationship with the Chinese people. 

Arrested Catholic lawyer warns of Chinese repression in Hong Kong

Apr 24, 2020 - 03:32 pm .- A Catholic lawyer says his arrest last Saturday is part of mainland China’s wide-ranging efforts to tighten control over Hong Kong.

Chinese Communist Party 'is the most serious virus of all,' human rights activist says

Apr 24, 2020 - 02:00 pm .- The Chinese Communist Party covered up the spread of the coronavirus in the country, suppressing the real rate of infection and violating the rights of its citizens as it did so, a Chinese human rights activist told a forum at The Catholic University of America on Friday.

Scottish bishop: Permission for wholly at-home medical abortion is ideological

Apr 24, 2020 - 12:17 pm .- The president of the Scottish bishops' conference wrote Friday to the Scottish health secretary, saying the permission for women to self-administer both stages of a medical abortion at home during coronavirus is born of ideology rather than true concern for women.

Togo bishops decry arrest of opposition leader

Apr 24, 2020 - 11:31 am .- The bishops of Togo called for peace and respect for the rights of citizens after the violent arrest of an opposition leader from his home on Tuesday.

Involve more women in seminary formation, urges Vatican cardinal

Apr 24, 2020 - 11:00 am .- Cardinal Marc Ouellet, prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for Bishops, said Friday that the Church needs more women involved directly in priestly formation in seminaries.

2020 priest ordination class is slightly smaller, more diverse, survey finds

Apr 24, 2020 - 10:15 am .- A survey of the 2020 priestly ordination class was published by the U.S. Catholic bishops’ conference (USCCB) on Thursday, a slightly smaller class than in 2019.

Italian cardinal calls for restoration of public Masses and church funerals

Apr 24, 2020 - 08:30 am .- The president of the Italian bishops’ conference has written a letter calling for Sunday Mass to resume in Italy as the country begins to ease coronavirus lockdown restrictions.

Pope prays that pastors will have courage to be close to their people

Apr 24, 2020 - 05:00 am .- Pope Francis prayed that God would give pastors the courage to be close to their people as he celebrated Mass Friday.

Unemployed due to coronavirus? There’s a saint for that.

Apr 24, 2020 - 03:00 am .- St. Cajetan, the patron saint for the unemployed, knew something of poverty and pestilence.

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