Archive of December 18, 2020 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of December 18, 2020

Citing timing, SCOTUS declines to allow in-person learning to resume in Kentucky

Dec 18, 2020 - 05:01 pm .- The Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a Kentucky Christian school’s plea to reopen for in-person learning, upholding a health order from the governor that barred in-person K-12 education in most areas until January.

Spanish parliament advances legal euthanasia, despite Catholic opposition

Dec 18, 2020 - 04:01 pm .- Spain’s parliament has advanced a euthanasia and assisted suicide bill that Catholic leaders had decried as “a defeat for all” that abandons those who suffer.

Supreme Court passes on Census case

Dec 18, 2020 - 03:00 pm .- The case of Trump v. New York involved the administration’s lawful ability to exclude undocumented immigrants from the overall population of states for the apportioning of seats in Congress based on states’ population.

Cardinal Pell says year in jail was a time of ‘grace and gift’

Dec 18, 2020 - 02:00 pm .- Cardinal George Pell discussed the surprises, difficulties, and “gift” of everyday life in jail during a press conference this week to mark the publication of the first installment of his prison diaries.  

Jews, Muslims decry court decision backing Belgian ban on kosher, halal slaughter

Dec 18, 2020 - 01:01 pm .- Despite concern that a Belgian law bans Jewish and Muslim religious slaughter practices, a European Union court has said the law is justified by the need to promote animal welfare even if it does not accommodate religious freedom.

Syracuse bishop revives Ember Days, calls for prayer and fasting for vocations

Dec 18, 2020 - 12:01 pm .- In a revival of an historic custom of the Church, Bishop Douglas Lucia of Syracuse has invited Catholics of his diocese to participate in the Ember Days, traditional days of fasting and prayer, for the intention of an increase in vocations.

Czech cardinal: Coronavirus crisis is drawing people to the Catholic Church

Dec 18, 2020 - 12:00 pm .- The coronavirus pandemic has inspired many people in the Czech Republic to rediscover the Catholic Church, according to Cardinal Dominik Duka.

Nigerian Christians facing 'calculated genocide,' Catholic bishop tells Congress

Dec 18, 2020 - 10:00 am .- The world must not ignore the “genocide” of Christians in Nigeria, the Catholic Bishop of Gboko told members of Congress on Thursday.

Catholic archbishop: papal visit could ‘change trajectory’ of Christian presence in Iraq

Dec 18, 2020 - 08:00 am .- Iraqi Archbishop Bashar Warda has said that Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to the country could be a turning point for the country’s diminished Christian population, who face ongoing challenges amid Iraq’s looming economic crisis.

Pope Francis names new bishop for Diocese of Greensburg

Dec 18, 2020 - 05:05 am .- Pope Francis named on Friday a new bishop of Greensburg, Pennsylvania.

As Christmas nears, Catholic priest sees ‘signs of hope’ at COVID hospital in Rome

Dec 18, 2020 - 04:00 am .- A Catholic chaplain at a COVID hospital in Rome said he has seen many reasons for hope this Advent, especially in the dedication of medical workers who give their all to save the lives of coronavirus patients.

Ghana’s bishops appeal for peace after contentious election 

Dec 18, 2020 - 12:42 am .- The Catholic bishops of Ghana have called for peace amid unrest following national elections earlier this month, which saw the reelection of the incumbent president, though the president’s challenger has yet to concede the election.

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