Archive of December 9, 2020 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of December 9, 2020

St. Juan Diego hailed as messenger of hope, healing for Native Americans

Dec 9, 2020 - 06:48 pm .- The Feast of St. Juan Diego, an Aztec peasant who witnessed an indigenous apparition of the Virgin Mary and later became the first canonized indigenous American saint, is a time for hope and healing for Native Americans and for recognition of the importance of Our Lady of Guadalupe in bringing Christ to the New World, a Native American priest said Wednesday.

Nice attack suspect charged with terrorism

Dec 9, 2020 - 05:19 pm .- The perpetrator of an October knife attack inside Notre-Dame de Nice has been charged with terrorism, French officials said Monday.

Swiss bishops: Same-sex marriage proposal 'fraught with difficulties'

Dec 9, 2020 - 04:48 pm .- The Catholic bishops of Switzerland are voicing opposition to a legal measure that would legalize same-sex marriage in the country, calling the proposal “fraught with numerous administrative, legal and ethical difficulties.”

Analysis: What a Xavier Becerra HHS could mean for Catholics

Dec 9, 2020 - 03:30 pm .- On Monday, President-elect Joe Biden tapped California attorney general Xavier Becerra to head the Department of Health and Human Services. If appointed, Becerra will lead an agency that has been at the epicenter of the “culture wars” in the U.S.—and many Catholic groups will now be bracing for those fights to intensify.

‘Go to Joseph’: What popes from Pius IX to Francis have said about St. Joseph

Dec 9, 2020 - 02:00 pm .- From Pius IX to Francis, popes have underlined the importance of devotion to St. Joseph.

Assisi in Advent: illuminated frescoes and a nurse in a nativity scene

Dec 9, 2020 - 01:00 pm .- Assisi unveiled a nativity scene Tuesday made of 50 figurines of shepherds, angels, and barn animals with a new addition this year: a life-size figure of a nurse in scrubs wearing a mask.

Circuit court vacates California church closure decision

Dec 9, 2020 - 01:00 pm .- Following instructions by the Supreme Court, the Ninth Circuit on Tuesday vacated a district court ruling against South Bay United Pentecostal Church in Chula Vista.

Remember Syrians this Christmas

Dec 9, 2020 - 11:30 am .- Do not forget the suffering Christians in Syria, a member of a pontifical aid foundation implored officials from the U.S., Hungary, and Poland on Wednesday.

Supreme Court declines school’s transgender bathroom case

Dec 9, 2020 - 10:00 am .- The Supreme Court this week declined to hear an appeal against an Oregon school district policy allowing students to use the restroom and locker room corresponding to their “gender identity.” 

Council for Inclusive Capitalism launches partnership with Vatican

Dec 9, 2020 - 09:00 am .- The Council for Inclusive Capitalism launched a partnership with the Vatican on Tuesday, stating that it will be “under the moral guidance” of Pope Francis. 

Church in Belarus calls for prayers after police detain Catholic priests

Dec 9, 2020 - 08:00 am .- The Church in Belarus appealed for prayers Tuesday after police detained two Catholic priests.

Pope Francis gives Vatican employees flu medicine for Christmas

Dec 9, 2020 - 06:00 am .- Christmas at the Vatican will be a little different this year -- and in keeping with the times, Pope Francis has eschewed a traditional gift for something a bit more practical.

Pope Francis: ‘Even death trembles when a Christian prays’

Dec 9, 2020 - 04:00 am .- Prayer is so powerful that “even death trembles when a Christian prays,” Pope Francis said at the general audience Wednesday.

US bishops praise judge's decision to reinstate DACA, call for path to citizenship

Dec 9, 2020 - 03:30 am .- The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) applauded a federal judge’s recent decision to restore the full Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, including the resumption of new applicants.

Ambassador: Kazakhstan expects visit from Pope Francis in 2021

Dec 9, 2020 - 03:00 am .- The ambassador of Kazakhstan to the Holy See has said that there are “high hopes” that Pope Francis will visit the central Asian country next year, if the coronavirus situation permits.

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