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

Analysis: How the Washington Post is opening the path to use the pope against the Catholic Church

Oct 23, 2020 - 11:05 pm .- Amid an international fracas over Pope Francis’ words on civil unions in a newly released documentary, the pope’s remarks have begun to be used to criticize Catholic organizations facing ongoing religious liberty challenges in the U.S. – despite the pope’s very public alignment with these organizations on the issues of same sex marriages and adoptions.

Former spiritual director of 'Medjugorje visionaries' excommunicated

Oct 23, 2020 - 05:48 pm .- A laicized priest who had been the spiritual director to six people who said they experienced visions of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Bosnian town of Medjugorje has been excommunicated.

Santa Fe archdiocese again suspending public Mass

Oct 23, 2020 - 04:37 pm .- The Archdiocese of Santa Fe is indefinitely suspending all public Masses after the weekend, citing rising COVID-19 cases in New Mexico and the approaching flu season.

Argentine bishops call bill to legalize abortion ‘untenable’

Oct 23, 2020 - 04:25 pm .- The Catholic bishops of Argentina have blasted a plan to introduce an abortion legalization bill in the country, saying it is “untenable and inappropriate” to prioritize abortion during an ongoing pandemic.

Mississippi asks US Supreme Court to solve circuit court split with 15 week abortion case

Oct 23, 2020 - 02:01 pm .- The Mississippi Attorney General on Thursday urged the US Supreme Court to hear a case regarding the state’s ban on most abortions from 15 weeks into pregnancy, citing a circuit split over a question raised in the suit.

Trump and Biden clash on immigration and coronavirus during final debate

Oct 23, 2020 - 01:30 pm .- Immigration and the coronavirus pandemic took center stage on Thursday’s final debate between President Donald Trump and former vice president Joe Biden, while issues like abortion and religious liberty were not up for discussion, as the candidates enter the final two weeks of the presidential campaign. 

Two more Swiss Guards test positive for the coronavirus

Oct 23, 2020 - 01:00 pm .- The Pontifical Swiss Guard announced Friday that two more of its members have tested positive for the coronavirus. 

Munich archdiocese: Church tax income rises as record numbers depart

Oct 23, 2020 - 12:00 pm .- The German Archdiocese of Munich and Freising announced Friday that it received 665 million euros in income from the church tax last year, despite a record number of Catholics in the diocese formally leaving the Church.

Vatican extends plenary indulgence for the dead throughout November

Oct 23, 2020 - 10:00 am .- The Vatican has extended the availability of certain plenary indulgences for the souls in Purgatory, amid the coronavirus pandemic and concerns about preventing large gatherings of people in churches or cemeteries and including those confined to home

Australian state police rule out probe into Vatican money transfers during Pell trial

Oct 23, 2020 - 09:00 am .- Police in the Australian state of Victoria said Friday that they have no plans for a further investigation into reports of money transfers from the Vatican during the trial of Cardinal George Pell. 

Mexican broadcaster: Vatican held back Pope Francis' words on same-sex civil unions in 2019 interview footage

Oct 23, 2020 - 08:50 am .- A Mexican broadcaster said Thursday that the Vatican held back footage from a 2019 interview that it conducted with Pope Francis, in which the pope called for the passage of civil union laws for same-sex couples. That footage appears in a documentary on Pope Francis released this week, but the Vatican has not yet explained the situation.

Report: Vatican requests evidence in Becciu embezzlement investigation

Oct 23, 2020 - 08:00 am .- Vatican prosecutors have requested evidence from Rome in an ongoing investigation into allegations that Cardinal Angelo Becciu used Secretariat of State funds to help family members, according to an Italian newspaper.

Taiwan foreign ministry: Catholics in China are facing serious challenges

Oct 23, 2020 - 07:00 am .- Taiwan’s foreign ministry responded by the renewal of the Sino-Vatican provisional agreement Thursday by highlighting the worsening religious freedom situation on the mainland.

Polish president Duda welcomes landmark abortion ruling

Oct 23, 2020 - 06:00 am .- Polish president Andrzej Duda welcomed a landmark court ruling on abortion Friday.

Catholic leaders call for clarity on Pope Francis civil union remarks

Oct 23, 2020 - 12:00 am .- Bishops and prominent Catholics have responded to a new documentary in which Pope Francis is featured calling for civil recognition of same-sex unions, calling for caution and telling Catholics to await clarity from the Vatican after the remarks caused confusion.

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