Archive of December 10, 2020 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of December 10, 2020

Victoria's conversion therapy bill a 'dramatic overreach of the state'

Dec 10, 2020 - 08:11 pm .- A bill seeking to ban so-called conversion therapy for sexual orientation or gender identity in the Australian state of Victoria dangerously oversteps the bounds of protecting people from coercive practices, the Archbishop of Melbourne said.

'All are Welcome' not a welcome hymn at Mass, USCCB committee says

Dec 10, 2020 - 07:01 pm .- The doctrine committee of the US bishops’ conference (USCCB) earlier this year produced a guide to evaluating the lyrics of hymns on the basis of their doctrinal content, noting that Vatican II declared sacred music’s purpose to be “the glory of God and the sanctification of the faithful.”

The Year of St. Joseph: What Catholics need to know 

Dec 10, 2020 - 05:46 pm .- Here’s what you need to know about the Year of St. Joseph:

US judge refuses to lift order allowing at-home medical abortions during pandemic

Dec 10, 2020 - 05:01 pm .- A federal judge on Wednesday refused to lift an order barring Food and Drug Administration requirements that the abortion pill be administered in person, after the US Supreme Court sent the case back to a lower court in October.

Indiana bishops call for end to federal executions

Dec 10, 2020 - 04:00 pm .- Indiana’s Catholic bishops are calling for an end to the death penalty, as two federal death row inmates are scheduled to be executed Thursday and Friday.

Pandemic causes up to 40% drop in income of French parishes

Dec 10, 2020 - 03:00 pm .- The Catholic Church in France estimates that it lost more than $100 million due to the country’s two coronavirus lockdowns this year.

Holy House of Loreto celebrates feast with illuminated Marian procession

Dec 10, 2020 - 02:00 pm .- On the vigil of the Dec. 10 feast of Our Lady of Loreto, uniformed air force pilots wearing face masks carried a large wooden statue of the Virgin Mary in an outdoor procession in Loreto, illuminated by candles and Christmas lights.

Is the rare ‘Christmas Star’ visible this December the Star of Bethlehem?

Dec 10, 2020 - 01:00 pm .- The “Great Conjunction” of Jupiter and Saturn taking place this month -- dubbed the “Christmas Star” -- is a pretty sight, but it is impossible to know for sure if it has any connection to the Star of Bethlehem, a Vatican astronomer said.

Colorado lifts church capacity limit, asks Supreme Court to drop lawsuit

Dec 10, 2020 - 12:00 pm .- The Governor of Colorado has asked the Supreme Court to drop a church’s lawsuit against the state after he lifted COVID-related capacity limits on churches.

Cardinal Zen: Jimmy Lai arrest is part of campaign of ‘political intimidation’

Dec 10, 2020 - 11:00 am .- Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun has warned that the recent arrest of Jimmy Lai shows a rise in “political intimidation” against journalists in Hong Kong, part of a systematic erosion of basic freedoms, including religious freedom, by the Chinese government in recent months.

Pope Francis to offer Midnight Mass at 7:30pm

Dec 10, 2020 - 10:00 am .- Pope Francis’ Midnight Mass will begin at 7:30 p.m. this year, as the Italian government extends a national curfew through the Christmas season.

Fifteen ways to gain an indulgence in the Year of St. Joseph

Dec 10, 2020 - 08:30 am .- Until December 2021, there are many new ways that Catholics can receive an indulgence, including entrusting their daily work to the protection of St. Joseph the Worker or reciting the rosary with their families.

Pope Francis grants plenary indulgence to Catholics marking Guadalupe feast at home

Dec 10, 2020 - 07:30 am .- Pope Francis has granted a plenary indulgence to Catholics celebrating the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe at home this Saturday. 

Vatican congregation issues new norms for ecclesiastical institutions of higher education

Dec 10, 2020 - 06:00 am .- The Vatican’s Congregation for Catholic Education issued Wednesday three new instructions on ecclesiastical institutions of higher education. 

Ohio governor: Lethal injection impermissible for executions 

Dec 10, 2020 - 12:19 am .- The use of lethal injections will no longer be allowed for executions in the state of Ohio, and an alternative method must be found if capital punishment is to continue in the state, Governor Mike DeWine said this week.

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