Archive of November 4, 2020 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of November 4, 2020

Diocesan commission backs Argentina bishop over seminary closing

Nov 4, 2020 - 08:00 pm .- Amid tension and protests in one Argentine city over the Vatican-ordered closure of a diocesan seminary, some Catholics have expressed their support for the decision to close the seminary, and for their diocesan bishop.

How should a Christian respond to suffering? Archbishop Sample reflects

Nov 4, 2020 - 07:29 pm .- Archbishop Alexander Sample of Portland discussed the meaning of suffering - and how Catholics should respond to it - in a recent video reflection.

Report: Catholic nuns in China forced out of convent amid government harassment 

Nov 4, 2020 - 05:57 pm .- Due to pressure from the Chinese government, eight Catholic nuns have reportedly been forced to leave their convent in the northern province of Shanxi. Their current whereabouts have not been reported.

Planned Parenthood abandons lawsuit challenging Arizona pro-life laws

Nov 4, 2020 - 05:11 pm .- Planned Parenthood on Tuesday dropped a lawsuit challenging several abortion restrictions in Arizona, including a 24-hour waiting period for women seeking abortions, laws that bar non-physicians from carrying out abortions, and state laws against telemedicine abortions.

Oregon decriminalizes hard drugs, other states legalize medical, recreational marijuana

Nov 4, 2020 - 04:17 pm .- Voters in four states approved the legalization of recreational marijuana on Tuesday, while one state voted to legalize medical marijuana and another elected to decriminalize harder drugs in an effort to promote addiction treatment programs over criminal sentences.

English religious leaders: Ban on public worship is without scientific basis

Nov 4, 2020 - 03:01 pm .- Leaders of English religious communities, including Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster, wrote to the prime minister Tuesday challenging a ban on public worship as having 'no scientific justification'.

Analysis: Where was the Biden wave?

Nov 4, 2020 - 02:40 pm .- The Tuesday night election result, or lack thereof, confounded the many confident predictions of a “Blue Wave” that was expected to sweep Joe Biden into the White House. It also suggests his pitch to Catholics and other conservative values voters failed to convince. 

Nebraskans vote to limit 'exploitative' payday loans

Nov 4, 2020 - 02:01 pm .- Voters in Nebraska sided with efforts to limit payday loans, passing an initiative Tuesday that the Nebraska Catholic Conference had endorsed as a means to protect the poor from becoming trapped in debt.

Killing of catechist alarms Indonesia’s Catholic bishops

Nov 4, 2020 - 01:00 pm .- Catholic bishops in Indonesia met with government officials this week to express concern about the violence in Papua after a Catholic catechist was shot and killed by security forces.

Supreme Court hears arguments in Philadelphia adoption case

Nov 4, 2020 - 12:35 pm .- On Wednesday morning, the Supreme Court heard arguments on a Pennsylvania adoption case, as senior U.S. bishops warned of the case's potential consequences for religious freedom and the role of Catholic welfare agencies in American public life. 

Civil rights champion, pro-life Democrat loses reelection bid in Tennessee

Nov 4, 2020 - 11:30 am .- Longtime Tennessee state representative, civil rights champion, and pro-life Democrat John DeBerry lost his reelection bid on Tuesday evening. DeBerry was standing as an independent after he was removed from the Democratic primary ballot earlier this year, in part due to his pro-life views.

Nevada voters repeal constitutional definition of marriage

Nov 4, 2020 - 10:55 am .- Voters in Nevada on Tuesday repealed a 2002 measure that defined marriage in the state constitution as a union of one man and one woman.

Pope Francis requires bishops to have Vatican permission for new diocesan religious institutes

Nov 4, 2020 - 10:00 am .- Pope Francis has changed canon law to require a bishop to have permission from the Holy See prior to establishing a new religious institute in his diocese, further strengthening Vatican oversight in the process.

Polish Catholic archbishop: president’s abortion law proposal would be ‘new form of euthanasia’

Nov 4, 2020 - 09:00 am .- A Catholic archbishop said Tuesday that an abortion law proposal outlined by Poland’s president would amount to a “new form of euthanasia.”

Senate races lean Republican, with bills on abortion and religious freedom on the horizon

Nov 4, 2020 - 08:15 am .- Republicans looked on track Wednesday morning to keep control of the Senate, offsetting a loss in Colorado with a gain in Alabama. The upper chamber is set to consider several key bills on abortion funding and religious freedom in the coming session.

Vatican Museums to close again amid tightening coronavirus restrictions

Nov 4, 2020 - 08:00 am .- The Vatican announced Wednesday that the Vatican Museums will close until Dec. 3 as Italy implements further coronavirus restrictions. 

Pope Francis: Consistent prayer strengthens us in times of tribulation

Nov 4, 2020 - 04:10 am .- Jesus teaches us that we must be consistent in our prayer, Pope Francis said at the general audience Wednesday.

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