Archive of November 25, 2020 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of November 25, 2020

Bishop urges prayer after Diego Maradona's death

Nov 25, 2020 - 04:40 pm .- Argentine soccer legend Diego Maradona died Wednesday after suffering a heart attack at the age of 60. Maradona is regarded as one of the greatest soccer players of all time, and was recognized by FIFA as one of two Players of the Century. After Maradona’s death, one Argentine bishop has encouraged prayer for the athlete’s soul.

Pandemic conditions have increased Christian persecution

Nov 25, 2020 - 04:00 pm .- The coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated Christian persecution in some places, according to a new report from the group Aid to the Church in Need International.

Kentucky dioceses keep Masses open despite governor's request

Nov 25, 2020 - 03:00 pm .- Kentucky’s four Catholic dioceses will not suspend public Masses despite the governor’s request that religious services be held online only until December 13. 

Ransomware attack cripples St. Louis archdiocesan websites

Nov 25, 2020 - 02:00 pm .- A ransomware attack crippled the websites of the Archdiocese of St. Louis last week, but data has not been compromised by the attack, the archdiocese told CNA. Several archdiocesan affiliated sites have been taken offline in response to the attack.

Priest jailed for theft blames Catholic doctrine, also facing sex abuse charges

Nov 25, 2020 - 12:20 pm .- A South Dakota priest has been sentenced to almost eight years in federal prison, after he was convicted of 65 felonies related to stealing donations from Catholic parishes. Ordered to pay more than $300,000 in restitution, the priest said he stole in part because he disagrees with Catholic doctrine on homosexuality.

Twitter criticized as ‘Burn the clergy’ hashtag trends in Spain

Nov 25, 2020 - 12:00 pm .- On the same day that Pope Francis approved the beatification of 127 Catholics killed in Spain in hatred of the faith in the 20th century, a hashtag calling for Catholic priests to be burned was trending on Twitter in Spain.

Analysis: Will Gregory’s ‘dialogue’ with Biden undermine USCCB?

Nov 25, 2020 - 11:30 am .- Archbishop Wilton Gregory has committed himself to working with the president-elect’s administration. But the soon-to-be cardinal’s pledge could put him in tension with the work of the U.S. bishops’ conference, as it tries to speak to the White House with a unified voice.

Arkansas senate passes abortion ban in new challenge to Roe

Nov 25, 2020 - 10:30 am .- Arkansas lawmakers have introduced a bill to ban nearly all abortions in the state in what lawmakers hope will serve as a new challenge to Roe v. Wade.

Swiss Catholic diocese reportedly rejects Pope Francis’ candidates for new bishop

Nov 25, 2020 - 09:30 am .- A Swiss Catholic diocese that elects its own bishop from a shortlist drawn up by the Holy See has rejected all three candidates proposed by Pope Francis, according to local media. 

Pope Francis encourages Argentine women opposing legal abortion

Nov 25, 2020 - 08:30 am .- Pope Francis has written a note to women in his homeland who asked him to help make known their opposition to a bill to legalize abortion introduced to the legislature by Argentina’s president last week.

French bishops press government to review 30-person Mass limit

Nov 25, 2020 - 07:00 am .- After a strong reaction by French Catholics to the government’s decision Tuesday night to limit Mass attendance to 30 people per church during Advent, French bishops are in negotiations with the government to determine a more “realistic gauge” for a gradual resumption of public Masses.

‘We had no idea’: The hidden life of the reputed stigmatist tortured by Stalin’s secret police

Nov 25, 2020 - 06:00 am .- Sr. Wanda Boniszewska led an extraordinary life. But for one religious sister who lived with her in the last years of her life, Boniszewska didn’t seem outwardly remarkable.  

World’s oldest bishop dies in Spain at age 104

Nov 25, 2020 - 05:00 am .- Bishop Damián Iguacén Borau, who died Tuesday, was the oldest living Catholic bishop in the world. 

Philadelphia archdiocese opens home for young adults with disabilities

Nov 25, 2020 - 04:49 am .- A Philadelphia bishop last month blessed Saint Philomena Cottage, a new archdiocesan home for young adults with disabilities.

Pope Francis: ‘The Church is the work of the Holy Spirit’

Nov 25, 2020 - 04:00 am .- Catholics risk going astray if they neglect the four essential characteristics of Church life, Pope Francis said at the general audience Wednesday.

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