Archive of May 15, 2020 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of May 15, 2020

With dozens of babies stranded in Ukraine, bishops call for an end to surrogacy

May 15, 2020 - 03:01 pm .- At least 100 babies recently born to surrogate mothers are now “stranded” in Ukraine, as coronavirus restrictions prevent them from leaving the country.

CDC documents on reopening do not include suggestions for churches

May 15, 2020 - 02:01 pm .- Specific guidelines for reopening churches during the coronavirus pandemic were excluded from a set of documents released by the CDC this week, possibly due to religious freedom concerns, according to a report by the Associated Press.

The next hundred years of St. John Paul II’s legacy

May 15, 2020 - 02:00 pm .- Pope St. John Paul II— who would have turned 100 years old May 18— was a man of great humility, whose nearly 27-year pontificate nevertheless left a lasting impression on the Catholic Church and the world, according to his biographer and others who knew the man.

New coronavirus relief bill could fund abortions

May 15, 2020 - 01:30 pm .- As the House on Friday prepares to vote on another coronavirus relief package, pro-lifers warn that it could be used to fund abortions.

Senate approves Uyghur human rights bill

May 15, 2020 - 12:30 pm .- The Senate approved a bill on Thursday to sanction Chinese leaders complicit in the persecution of Uyghur Muslims.

Former judge: coronavirus restrictions have a place, but religion is 'essential'

May 15, 2020 - 11:02 am .- Public health orders to limit the spread of the new coronavirus raise important questions about the U.S. Constitution and religious freedom, and Stanford Law School professor Michael J. McConnell has provided some guidance on these topics.

Coloradans gather final round of signatures for late-term abortion ban

May 15, 2020 - 11:01 am .- A coalition of volunteers in Colorado hopes to gather enough signatures in the next two weeks on a petition to put a late-term abortion ban on the November ballot – an effort complicated by restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic.

St. Peter’s Basilica is sanitized ahead of reopening to public

May 15, 2020 - 10:15 am .- Ahead of its eventual reopening to the public, St. Peter’s Basilica is being cleaned and sanitized at the direction of the Vatican’s health and hygiene department.

Iraq’s suffering will ‘rise sharply’ in wake of coronavirus, priest says

May 15, 2020 - 07:10 am .- The number of people in need of help with basic necessities in Iraq, already in the millions, is expected to rise greatly in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a Catholic priest working in the country.

Pope Francis prays for families to grow in love and respect

May 15, 2020 - 05:30 am .- Pope Francis prayed for the world’s families to grow in love and respect for one another at his morning Mass Friday.

Pope Francis says plight of displaced people is an ‘unseen tragedy’ amid pandemic

May 15, 2020 - 05:00 am .- The coronavirus crisis is an opportunity to reflect more on how we can help the most vulnerable around us, including the internally displaced, whose situation has been worsened by the pandemic, Pope Francis said Friday.

Full text: Benedict XVI's letter marking St. John Paul II's birth centenary

May 15, 2020 - 03:10 am .- The full text of Pope emeritus Benedict XVI's letter marking the centenary of the birth of St. John Paul II. The English translation of this letter, dated May 4, was released May 15 by the Polish bishops' conference

Benedict XVI hails John Paul II as ‘liberating restorer’ of Church

May 15, 2020 - 03:00 am .- John Paul II was a “liberating restorer of the Church” in the turbulent years after the Second Vatican Council, Benedict XVI has said in a letter marking the 100th anniversary of the saint’s birth.

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