Archive of December 16, 2020 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of December 16, 2020

Appeals court strikes down Nevada's coronavirus rules for houses of worship

Dec 16, 2020 - 06:01 pm .- A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday ruled preliminarily that Nevada may not limit attendance at indoor religious services differently than it limits businesses or other gatherings.

EWTN’s Warsaw: No politician can ‘cancel Christmas’

Dec 16, 2020 - 05:32 pm .- The head of the EWTN media network encouraged Christians to be hopeful and filled with joy this Christmas, despite efforts by politicians and the secular culture to ‘cancel Christmas.’

Biden's OMB nominee heads think tank with history of anti-religious freedom advocacy

Dec 16, 2020 - 04:35 pm .- President-elect Joe Biden’s choice to direct the Office of Management and Budget is Neera Tanden, president and CEO of the Center for American Progress and a major advocate of a federal mandate that has tied up the Little Sisters of the Poor in court over their opposition to contraception.

Federal court allows Arkansas abortion laws to take effect

Dec 16, 2020 - 04:31 pm .- A federal court has declined to reconsider an August decision allowing several abortion restrictions in Arkansas to take effect.

Vatican officials call for 'solidarity' in nuclear disarmament after coronavirus pandemic

Dec 16, 2020 - 03:00 pm .- The current pandemic has underscored the need for global solidarity to achieve nuclear disarmament, a senior Vatican diplomat said on Wednesday.

Knights of Columbus praise US listing of Nigeria as 'Country of Particular Concern'

Dec 16, 2020 - 02:30 pm .- The Knights of Columbus has praised the United States for listing Nigeria as among the worst countries for religious freedom, and calling renewed attention to the mass killings of Christians in Nigeria.

Analysis: Who speaks for American Catholics?

Dec 16, 2020 - 01:30 pm .- Catholics are looking to the Church for guidance. What they see and hear are wildly conflicting signals about where the Church stands, what its priorities are, and what even it means to be a Catholic in America.

Mini Pope Francis featured in Vatican’s annual 100 nativity scenes display

Dec 16, 2020 - 01:00 pm .- Among the novelties of this year’s “100 Nativity Scenes at the Vatican” exhibit is the inclusion of a miniature Pope Francis honoring the Christ Child.

Bishop Flores affirms COVID vaccines are 'morally permissible'

Dec 16, 2020 - 12:30 pm .- In a December 8 letter to his diocese, Bishop Daniel Flores said that he wants “to assure Catholics that it is morally permissible for us to make use of the various vaccines when they become available.”

Blood of St. Januarius fails to liquefy on December feast

Dec 16, 2020 - 12:00 pm .- In Naples, the blood of St. Januarius remained solid Wednesday, after having liquefied both in May and September this year.

FDA appeals to Supreme Court over abortion pill regulations

Dec 16, 2020 - 10:05 am .- The Trump administration is again appealing to the Supreme Court to preserve its abortion pill regulations—arguing that in 2020 abortions have increased in states where the regulations remained.

Ex-nuncio to France given suspended 8-month prison sentence

Dec 16, 2020 - 09:00 am .- A Paris criminal court on Wednesday gave a former nuncio to France an eight-month suspended sentence for sexual assault.

Catholic priest kidnapped in Nigeria while traveling to his father’s funeral

Dec 16, 2020 - 07:00 am .- A priest of the Congregation of Sons of Mary Mother of Mercy was kidnapped in Nigeria Tuesday while traveling to his father’s funeral.

Swiss Guards receive funding boost for barracks renovation

Dec 16, 2020 - 06:00 am .- The Swiss government agreed last week to give $5.66 million toward the renovation of the Swiss Guard barracks at the Vatican.

Pope Francis: ‘Those who pray never turn their backs on the world’

Dec 16, 2020 - 04:30 am .- People who pray for others are like God’s antennas, Pope Francis said at the general audience Wednesday.

Coney Island parish replaces vandalized Mary statue

Dec 16, 2020 - 12:50 am .- The Diocese of Brooklyn, New York, last weekend unveiled a new statue of the Blessed Mother, after a previous statue was destroyed more than two months ago.

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