Archive of December 2, 2020 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of December 2, 2020

Vienna terror attack reportedly intended to target church youth group

Dec 2, 2020 - 06:11 pm .- A gunman affiliated with the Islamic State had planned to attack a Catholic youth group meeting at a church in Vienna during his Nov. 2 terror attack, according to local media.

Payday loan expansion means fast money and cycle of debt for Michigan's poor, bishops say

Dec 2, 2020 - 04:01 pm .- A Michigan proposal to quadruple the maximum lending amount allowed for payday lenders would exploit the poor and trap many people in a cycle of debt when alternatives are available, the Michigan Catholic Conference has told a State Senate committee.

New coalition champions spiritual rights of patients

Dec 2, 2020 - 03:00 pm .- A new coalition seeks to promote the rights of hospital patients to have “reasonable” access to family and clergy during the pandemic.

NYC mayor de Blasio defends decision not to pay for coronavirus testing at private schools

Dec 2, 2020 - 02:20 pm .- New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is defending his decision not to extend state funding for on-site coronavirus testing to students in Catholic schools, as he fights a court mandate that the state department of education provide testing to both private and public school students.

Hong Kong democracy protestors sentenced to months in prison

Dec 2, 2020 - 01:05 pm .- Three Hong Kong pro-democracy activists, including a Catholic university student, were sentenced to prison on Wednesday for participating in illegal protests.

In landmark ruling, U.K. high court says children unlikely to be able to give informed consent to puberty blockers

Dec 2, 2020 - 01:00 pm .- The U.K.’s high court ruled Tuesday that children are unlikely to be mature enough to give informed consent to medical treatment involving drugs that delay puberty.

Pope Francis prays for victims of Islamist attack in Nigeria that left 30 beheaded

Dec 2, 2020 - 11:30 am .- Pope Francis said Wednesday that he was praying for Nigeria following a massacre of at least 110 farmers in which Islamist militants beheaded an estimated 30 people.

Rome’s Franciscans to provide ‘blessing from afar’ on Immaculate Conception feast

Dec 2, 2020 - 10:30 am .- Conventual Franciscans said they will be present at a statue of the Immaculate Conception in the center of Rome to offer a “blessing from afar” to families who pass by on the feast day.

Once beloved Colorado priest among newly identified clerical abusers

Dec 2, 2020 - 09:40 am .- Investigation into the history of sexual abuse by Catholic clergy in Colorado has found nine diocesan priests with “substantiated” sexual abuse allegations involving 70 more underage victims. Those priests come in addition to 43 abusers already identified in a 2019 report. The newly known abusers include a Denver priest who was a prominent advocate for the homeless.

Debate continues over who should get new COVID vaccines first

Dec 2, 2020 - 09:30 am .- A federal health advisory committee proposed on Tuesday that health care workers and long-term care facility residents should be the first to receive a COVID vaccine, as a Catholic ethicist warned that vulnerable people, like the elderly, cannot be pushed to the back of the line.

Switzerland’s Catholic bishops lament record exodus from Church in 2019

Dec 2, 2020 - 08:20 am .- Bishops in Switzerland lamented Wednesday a record exodus of Catholics from the Church in 2019.

Council of Cardinals studies suggested amendments to draft of Vatican constitution

Dec 2, 2020 - 05:00 am .- Pope Francis’ Council of Cardinals met online Tuesday to continue work on the new apostolic constitution to govern the Roman Curia, according to a Vatican statement.

Pope Francis: God is patient and never stops waiting for a sinner’s conversion

Dec 2, 2020 - 04:00 am .- Pope Francis said Wednesday that God does not wait for us to stop sinning to start loving us, but always holds out hope for the conversion of even the most hardened sinner.

French president presses Muslim leaders to embrace 'republican values'

Dec 2, 2020 - 03:01 am .- In the wake of several suspected Islamist attacks in France this year, French President Emmanuel Macron has asked the country’s Muslim leaders to sign a "charter of republican values" agreeing to a rejection of Islam as a political movement.

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