Archive of August 21, 2020 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of August 21, 2020

Justice Department: Vermont college tuition program can't exclude Catholic school student

Aug 21, 2020 - 03:39 pm .- The U.S. Department of Justice has sided with a Vermont Catholic high school student who has said a state program wrongly excluded her participation in a college credit coursework program because she attends a religious private school.

Analysis: The end of business as usual for the USCCB?

Aug 21, 2020 - 01:23 pm .- The U.S. bishops’ conference has canceled its in-person November meeting in response to the coronavirus pandemic, several sources have told CNA. Sources say that conference leadership is now considering whether to conduct an abbreviated virtual meeting in place of the cancelled event.

US bishops urge direct negotiation between Palestine, Israel after UAE deal

Aug 21, 2020 - 01:00 pm .- The chair of the US bishops' international justice and peace committee on Thursday called gratifying Israel's decision to suspend the annexation of parts of the West Bank, part of its normalization of relations with the United Arab Emirates, but reiterated the need for Israel to negotiate directly with Palestine.

Iraqi prime minister tells Christians to come home, but is it safe?

Aug 21, 2020 - 12:00 pm .- The Iraqi prime minister has encouraged Christians to come home—but  Catholic leaders and aid agencies say without stability and economic support, one of the world’s oldest Christian communities could become “a museum Church.”

Biden hopes faith works on DNC's final night

Aug 21, 2020 - 11:05 am .- The final night of the Democratic National Convention leaned heavily on the religious faith of nominee Joe Biden, while a Catholic priest was the only speaker to advocate for the rights of unborn children. 

Catholic bishop: 'the Church must proclaim the truth' on new French abortion law

Aug 21, 2020 - 10:00 am .- French Bishop Marc Aillet expressed his objections to a bioethics bill recently passed by the National Assembly, which expands the legally protected grounds for an abortion in France to include "psychosocial distress,” a move which bishops have said assures abortion nearly on demand.

US bishops 'applaud' Trump administration over fetal tissue research decision

Aug 21, 2020 - 08:00 am .- The U.S. bishops’ pro-life committee praised the Trump administration on Thursday after a new federal ethics advisory board recommended against federal funding of fetal tissue research.

Pope Francis calls Mozambique bishop after Islamist militants seize port city

Aug 21, 2020 - 05:45 am .- Pope Francis made an unexpected phone call this week to a bishop in northern Mozambique, where militants linked to the Islamic State have seized control of the port city of Mocimboa da Praia.

Turkey turns second historic Istanbul church into mosque

Aug 21, 2020 - 05:30 am .- A month after the former cathedral Hagia Sophia was converted from a museum into a mosque, another Istanbul church-museum, renowned for its exquisite Byzantine mosaics, will undergo the same transformation.

Notre Dame classes go online for two weeks amid rising COVID-19 cases

Aug 21, 2020 - 04:00 am .- The University of Notre Dame on Tuesday announced a two-week hiatus from in-person class instruction, amid a growing number of COVID-19 infections on campus. Some alumni, students, and faculty are calling on university president Father John Jenkins to suspend in-person classes altogether and move instruction online for the remainder of the semester.

‘I really pray for these kids’: the Catholic ambassador on a mission to help Europe’s largest minority

Aug 21, 2020 - 04:00 am .- In 2013, Franz Salm-Reifferscheidt made a life-changing visit to Rome. The retired Austrian businessman had an appointment with the Grand Chancellor of the Order of Malta, an almost 1,000-year-old Catholic lay religious order.

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