Archive of December 11, 2020 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of December 11, 2020

US Supreme Court: government agents violating religious liberty liable for monetary damages

Dec 11, 2020 - 05:02 pm .- Three Muslims who claim the FBI wrongly pressured them into becoming informants on Muslim communities may seek monetary damages as part of their lawsuit under a federal religious freedom law, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in a decision that strengthens legal action on religious freedom problems.

Mexico City archbishop supports pope's remarks on civil unions

Dec 11, 2020 - 04:01 pm .- Cardinal Carlos Aguiar Retes of Mexico City has said he agrees with Pope Francis’ comments on same-sex civil unions, made public in a recently released documentary.

Vatican upholds bishop over reception of Communion on tongue

Dec 11, 2020 - 03:19 pm .- The secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship wrote to a petitioner last month rejecting their appeal against the Bishop of Knoxville’s decision to ban temporarily reception of Communion on the tongue because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Vatican diplomat: COVID-19 vaccines must be accessible to all

Dec 11, 2020 - 02:00 pm .- A Vatican diplomat has called for a coordinated rollout of COVID-19 vaccines which ensures that the poor are not left behind.

Why in-person worship matters

Dec 11, 2020 - 02:00 pm .- After Virginia’s governor appeared to suggest that church attendance is immaterial to the act of worship, one theologian says that Catholics see worship differently.

Catholic Church in Poland records 1.3% fall in Sunday Mass attendance in 2019

Dec 11, 2020 - 01:00 pm .- The number of people attending Sunday Mass in Poland fell by 1.3% in 2019 compared to the previous year, according to new figures released Thursday.

This year’s Vatican Christmas tree has ornaments handmade by the homeless

Dec 11, 2020 - 12:00 pm .- Reaching a height of nearly 100 feet, the Christmas tree in St. Peter’s Square this year is adorned with handcrafted wooden ornaments made by the homeless, as well as children and other adults.

Democratic congresswoman introduces abortion survivors' bill

Dec 11, 2020 - 10:00 am .- Rep. Tulsi Gabbard introduced two bills on Thursday aimed at protecting babies who survive abortions and preventing male athletes from competing in women’s sports.

German cardinal asks Pope Francis to review his handling of abuse case

Dec 11, 2020 - 09:00 am .- A German cardinal announced Friday that he would ask Pope Francis to review his handling of a clerical abuse case.

Spain’s Catholic bishops: Fast and pray against legalization of euthanasia

Dec 11, 2020 - 08:00 am .- The Catholic bishops of Spain called Thursday for a day of fasting and prayer ahead of the expected approval of a bill to legalize euthanasia and assisted suicide in the country.

Pope Francis offers support to beleaguered Christians of Syria and Iraq

Dec 11, 2020 - 05:30 am .- Pope Francis urged Catholic charities Thursday to continue supporting embattled Christian minorities in Syria and Iraq.

Belgium allows 15 people at Mass in ‘slight easing’ of public worship ban

Dec 11, 2020 - 04:00 am .- The government of Belgium has agreed to ease restrictions on Mass celebrated with the public beginning Dec. 13, permitting a maximum of 15 people to participate in the liturgy.

Only frequent church attendees avoided downward mental health trend in 2020

Dec 11, 2020 - 12:09 am .- Americans who attend religious services weekly are the only demographic group appearing to show improved mental health in 2020, despite the stresses of the coronavirus pandemic and other events, says a new survey.

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