Archive of May 20, 2020 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of May 20, 2020

Hungarian legislation to ban changing sex on official documents  

May 20, 2020 - 06:36 pm .- A bill passed by the Hungarian Parliament this week stipulates that birth certificates and other identification documents must state individuals’ sex at birth and cannot be changed based on gender identity.

Minnesota bishops will reopen public Masses, defy state order

May 20, 2020 - 05:05 pm .- The bishops of Minnesota say they will permit parishes to resume the public celebration of Masses next week, and defy a state prohibition of religious gatherings exceeding 10 people.

Pennsylvania bishops urge governor not to divert emergency funds from private schools

May 20, 2020 - 05:01 pm .- The Pennsylvania Catholic Conference is urging Governor Tom Wolf not to divert federal emergency funds, appropriated to help K-12 schools amid the pandemic, away from the state’s private schools.

China attempting to extradite Uighur from Turkey, dossier says

May 20, 2020 - 04:00 pm .- The Chinese government is attempting to extradite a Uighur man who fled the country to Turkey in 2014, according to a dossier obtained by Axios.

'A wildfire of death': Policy, culture and coronavirus in nursing homes

May 20, 2020 - 02:45 pm .- Deaths from the new coronavirus (COVID-19) have soared in U.S. nursing homes, a trend that some advocates say reflects society’s disdain for the elderly.

Catholics protest Missouri execution of death row prisoner

May 20, 2020 - 12:45 pm .- Despite objections from Catholic groups, a Missouri death row inmate died by lethal injection May 19, in the first execution carried out in the United States since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

Kansas investigating sexual abuse claims in breakaway Society of St. Pius X

May 20, 2020 - 12:00 pm .- The Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) is under investigation in Kansas, amid allegations that members of the group perpetrated or covered up clerical sex abuse in the state.

NIH head Francis Collins wins Templeton Prize for witness to faith and science

May 20, 2020 - 11:10 am .- A scientist on the front lines of developing a vaccine for COVID-19 today was selected as the recipient of this year’s Templeton Prize, an award recognizing his contributions to insight about religion through his work as a scientist.

Vatican expresses concern over potential West Bank annexation

May 20, 2020 - 10:30 am .- As Israel’s new government considers annexing parts of the West Bank, the Palestinian Liberation Organization’s chief negotiator appealed to the Vatican Secretary for Relations with States over the phone.

Facebook oversight panel prompts questions about free speech, abortion advocacy

May 20, 2020 - 10:14 am .- Facebook says it is responding to long-standing questions about content moderation and censorship by appointing an independent oversight board to help set policy. American pro-life advocates have voiced concern about protections for their free speech, and at least one member of the oversight board has links to a group that halted a pro-life billboard campaign in Kenya.

Pope Francis moves financial records office under Secretariat for Economy

May 20, 2020 - 09:00 am .- Pope Francis Wednesday moved the office of the Vatican’s financial records database under the management of the Secretariat for the Economy – reversing a decision he made in 2016.

Senators demand investigation into Planned Parenthood PPP loans

May 20, 2020 - 08:45 am .- Planned Parenthood affiliates reportedly received $80 million in emergency coronavirus loans, despite congressional regulations that were intended to disqualify them.

Former Jesuit Superior General dies in Tokyo at 84

May 20, 2020 - 07:30 am .- Fr. Adolfo Nicolás, the 30th superior general of the Society of Jesus, died Wednesday in Tokyo, Japan, at the age of 84

Pope Francis says prayer opens the door of hope

May 20, 2020 - 04:30 am .- Prayer opens the door of hope, Pope Francis said at the general audience Wednesday.

Notre Dame to start fall semester early as colleges weigh in-person options

May 20, 2020 - 12:47 am .- The University of Notre Dame announced this week that students will return to campus in the fall, with the semester starting two weeks earlier than usual and no fall break in order to complete the semester by Thanksgiving.

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