Archive of July 23, 2020 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of July 23, 2020

Venezuelan bishop pleads for help: ‘Either COVID kills us or hunger kills us’

Jul 23, 2020 - 04:52 pm .- The dire economic situation in Venezuela, combined with the effects of the pandemic lockdown, has led to a crisis more severe than the biblical plagues in Egypt, said one local bishop.

How three dioceses are bringing NFP to Hispanic Catholics 

Jul 23, 2020 - 04:43 pm .- Susana Diaz gets a kick out of watching couples’ faces during their first marriage preparation class.

Pakistanis mourn Sister Ruth Lewis, who cared for children with disabilities

Jul 23, 2020 - 04:32 pm .- Sister Ruth Lewis, a Pakistani nun who dedicated her life to helping underprivileged people with disabilities, died Monday following coronavirus complications.

NAACP sues education department over coronavirus relief funds for private schools

Jul 23, 2020 - 03:02 pm .- The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is the latest entity to file a lawsuit against the US Department of Education over its guidance that local education agencies must use federal coronavirus aid to provide “equitable services to students and teachers in non-public schools.”

Worcester city council rejects move to take down Christopher Columbus statue

Jul 23, 2020 - 02:16 pm .- The statue of Christopher Columbus outside of Worcester's Union Station will remain, the city council decided Tuesday, citing the need to respect the local Italian community despite a spate of vandal attacks on statues of historic figures and a wave of critical commentary on American monuments.

Bishops urge Catholics to 'meet hatred with love' after churches vandalized

Jul 23, 2020 - 12:30 pm .- Leading U.S. bishops have released a joint statement on Wednesday, July 22, responding to the recent spate of vandalism against Catholic churches across the United States.

Christian wedding planner challenges anti-discrimination law

Jul 23, 2020 - 12:00 pm .- An Evangelical Christian minister who runs a wedding business is challenging a county ordinance she says would require her to officiate same-sex weddings.

Churches burned, people beheaded in Mozambique’s escalating extremist violence

Jul 23, 2020 - 10:30 am .- A Catholic bishop has deplored the world’s indifference to escalating extremist violence in northern Mozambique, where multiple churches have been burnt, people beheaded, young girls kidnapped, and hundreds of thousands of people displaced by the violence.

Vatican publishes book of Pope Francis' pandemic homilies

Jul 23, 2020 - 08:56 am .- A print book which includes Pope Francis’ homilies during the coronavirus lockdown in Italy has been published by the Vatican.

New York court case could signal hope for faith based adoption agencies

Jul 23, 2020 - 08:30 am .- A federal court ruling in New York this week could point to eventual victory at the Supreme Court for Catholic foster care placement in Philadelphia.

Ex-nuncio to France to face trial in Paris on sexual assault charges

Jul 23, 2020 - 08:00 am .- A retired Vatican diplomat accused of sexual assault while in office is due to appear before the Paris criminal court in November.

Catholic bishop: UK and France must tackle ‘underlying reasons’ for rise in English Channel migrant crossings

Jul 23, 2020 - 07:30 am .- A Catholic bishop has urged the U.K. and France to address the “underlying reasons” for a rise in migrants risking their lives to cross the English Channel.

Germany’s Catholic bishops divided over Vatican instruction on parishes

Jul 23, 2020 - 07:15 am .- A new Vatican instruction on parishes has received a mixed reception in Germany.

Analysis: The Vatican and China Part II, Hong Kong

Jul 23, 2020 - 06:00 am .- As the Vatican and China negotiate an extension of the controversial 2018 deal, the Diocese of Hong Kong is at the center of an ecclesiastical and diplomatic minefield.

New York bishops push back on bill proposing study of pro-life pregnancy centers

Jul 23, 2020 - 12:11 am .- The New York Catholic bishops have voiced opposition to a bill that would report on the state’s pro-life pregnancy centers, saying its wording shows an inherent bias against the pregnancy centers.

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