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

How St. John Paul II 'bent the course of history'

May 18, 2020 - 05:45 pm .- Papal biographer George Weigel said that St. John Paul II demonstrated “the power of religious and moral conviction to bend history in a more humane direction.”

John Paul II’s mom chose life after her doctor advised an abortion

May 18, 2020 - 03:47 pm .- One hundred years ago on May 18, Emilia Wojtyla gave birth to her second son, Karol, after a difficult and life-threatening pregnancy. The child would grow up to be St. John Paul II.

More than 600 Nigerian Christians killed in 2020, new report says

May 18, 2020 - 02:00 pm .- Christians in Nigeria faced escalating persecution and a mounting death toll in the first four months of 2020, a new report has said.

Pope Francis: St. John Paul II was an ‘extraordinary gift’ to the Church

May 18, 2020 - 01:46 pm .- Pope Francis described St. John Paul II as “an extraordinary gift of God to the Church and to Poland” in a video message to young people in Kraków Monday.

French state council orders religious gathering ban be lifted

May 18, 2020 - 01:15 pm .- The French Council of State ruled Monday that a ban on religious gatherings in the country is a disproportionate response to the coronavirus pandemic, and ordered the government to lift the ban within eight days.

Catholics in Japan fear for refugees, foreigners during coronavirus

May 18, 2020 - 12:39 pm .- The coronavirus pandemic is causing drops in charitable donations to Catholic organizations in Japan, especially affecting refugees and vulnerable foreigners, local media are reporting.

‘Humble and dedicated’ bishop dies from the coronavirus 

May 18, 2020 - 12:30 pm .- An English bishop died Monday after contracting the coronavirus.

US coronavirus relief bill would discriminate against private schools

May 18, 2020 - 11:21 am .- Bishop David O'Connell of Trenton lamented Thursday that the U.S. Congress' latest coronavirus relief bill would bar private schools' access to financial relief.

New Mexico governor says churches can reopen at 25% capacity

May 18, 2020 - 10:30 am .- New Mexico has agreed to apply the same reopening criteria to churches as it does to retail businesses, after the governor issued updated safety regulations for the coronavirus pandemic.

Catholics rejoice as public Masses resume in Rome with safety precautions

May 18, 2020 - 09:30 am .- As Rome reopened shops and restaurants on Monday, Catholics rejoiced in being able to attend Mass again for the first time in 10 weeks after Masses were first closed to the public.

Pope Francis adds St. Faustina Kowalska’s feast day to Roman Calendar

May 18, 2020 - 07:15 am .- Pope Francis has decreed that St. Faustina Kowalska’s feast day be added to the Roman Calendar as an optional memorial to be celebrated by all on October 5.

Baking cookies for St. John Paul II and other memories for his 100th birthday

May 18, 2020 - 05:00 am .- “Thirty-nine years ago today I was on my way into St. Peter’s Square when the pope was shot,” Joan Lewis said over the phone on May 13.

Pope Francis praises St. John Paul II as man of prayer and justice

May 18, 2020 - 04:15 am .- St. John Paul II was a man of prayer who was close to the people and loved justice, Pope Francis said at his morning Mass Monday.

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