National Catholic News

  • Catholic groups aid recovery after Beirut explosion
    on August 8, 2020 at 9:01 pm

    CNA Staff, Aug 8, 2020 / 03:01 pm (CNA).- Following an explosion that killed more than 150 people in Beirut, international Catholic groups have responded by providing health services and necessities to the victims. At least sixteen Catholic organizations, including Catholic Relief Services and […]

  • Italy considers allowing abortion pill without hospitalization
    on August 8, 2020 at 6:11 pm

    Rome, Italy, Aug 8, 2020 / 12:11 pm (CNA).- Italy’s health ministry is expected to approve a proposal to remove mandatory hospitalization for the administration of the abortion pill and to expand the time frame in which it can be prescribed. The RU486 drug is prescribed to induce a chemical […]

  • Coronavirus, vaccines, and Catholic ethics
    on August 8, 2020 at 1:00 pm

    Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Aug 8, 2020 / 07:00 am (CNA).- Production for a new coronavirus vaccine is speeding along, but if one is developed to fight the pandemic, ethical questions remain about its development, and who should receive it first. There are many workers in health care and in the […]

  • Polish bishops recall service of priests, nuns during Warsaw Uprising
    on August 7, 2020 at 11:37 pm

    CNA Staff, Aug 7, 2020 / 05:37 pm (CNA).- Commemorating the 76th anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising against the Nazis, the Catholic bishops of Poland released a reflection on the priests and nuns who ministered to the needs of the Polish people during the historic event. “During the […]

  • Questions of abuse cover-up directed at incoming St. Louis archbishop, but details unclear
    on August 7, 2020 at 11:21 pm

    Denver Newsroom, Aug 7, 2020 / 05:21 pm (CNA).- Archbishop-designate Mitchell Rozanski is set to take over the Archdiocese of St. Louis, after heading the Diocese of Springfield in Massachusetts since 2014. Though Rozanski himself backed major changes in the Springfield diocese's handling of abuse, […]

  • Archbishop Carlson: Christ 'welcomes and challenges' those wrestling with gender identity
    on August 7, 2020 at 10:34 pm

    CNA Staff, Aug 7, 2020 / 04:34 pm (CNA).- Christ draws close with love and compassion, as well as a challenge, for people who experience discord between their gender identity and their biological sex, Archbishop Robert Carlson of Saint Louis said in a reflection dated June 1. “If you’re […]

  • Updated: DC archdiocese welcomes Maryland county dropping second order to keep Catholic schools closed
    on August 7, 2020 at 8:15 pm

    CNA Staff, Aug 7, 2020 / 02:15 pm (CNA).- Update: The Archdiocese of Washington's interim superintendent of schools, Kelly Branaman, expressed gratitude for the county's recognition of "the autonomy of non-public schools to make local decisions on reopening in a safe and appropriate manner." She […]

  • US sanctions Hong Kong chief executive over National Security Law
    on August 7, 2020 at 6:00 pm

    CNA Staff, Aug 7, 2020 / 12:00 pm (CNA).- The United States announced sanctions against Carrie Lam, the leader of the government of Hong Kong, as well as other officials in China on Friday, August 7. The sanctions were issued in response to recent actions by the Chinese government to curtail civil […]

  • Help Catholic schools to help at-risk families, US bishops tell Congress
    on August 7, 2020 at 4:30 pm

    CNA Staff, Aug 7, 2020 / 10:30 am (CNA).- Several leading U.S. Catholic cardinals and bishops urged congressional leaders to provide emergency private school tuition aid to low-middle income families, in a letter on Thursday.   The president of the U.S. bishops’ conference (USCCB), […]

  • Christmas comes early in Indiana with nativity scene court case
    on August 7, 2020 at 4:00 pm

    CNA Staff, Aug 7, 2020 / 10:00 am (CNA).- An Indiana town is defending its Christmas display in court this summer, after a traveller through the area claimed she was offended by the sight of a nativity scene on public land in 2018. In a friend-of-the-court brief filed on August 3, the Becket Fund […]

  • Vatican cardinal promotes rural tourism as sector projected to lose billions
    on August 7, 2020 at 3:30 pm

    Rome Newsroom, Aug 7, 2020 / 09:30 am (CNA).- As the global economy braces to lose billions in international tourism in 2020 due to coronavirus travel restrictions, a Vatican cardinal is encouraging travelers to explore “hidden places.” Tourism and rural development, the theme of the […]

  • Pope Francis sends donation to Beirut for explosion recovery
    on August 7, 2020 at 2:30 pm

    Rome Newsroom, Aug 7, 2020 / 08:30 am (CNA).- Pope Francis has sent a donation of 250,000 euros ($295,488) in aid to the Church in Lebanon to help with recovery efforts after the devastating explosion which occurred in the capital city of Beirut earlier this week. “This donation is intended […]

  • Aid to the Church in Need sending 250,000 euro in food aid to Lebanon
    on August 7, 2020 at 6:47 am

    CNA Staff, Aug 7, 2020 / 12:47 am (CNA).- International Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) has announced an emergency 250,000 euro food aid package for victims of the massive August 4 explosion in Beirut, Lebanon. The ACN grant will focus on poor families most affected by the […]

  • Biden talks Catholic faith after Trump says former VP is 'against God'
    on August 7, 2020 at 5:30 am

    CNA Staff, Aug 6, 2020 / 11:30 pm (CNA).- Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday spoke about his Catholic faith, in response to comments from President Donald Trump that a Biden presidency would “hurt God.” “Like so many people, my faith has been the bedrock foundation of my life: […]

  • SSPX accused of intimidating would-be whistleblowers amid abuse investigation
    on August 6, 2020 at 11:00 pm

    Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Aug 6, 2020 / 05:00 pm (CNA).- After an official with the Society of St. Pius X told priests and staff they should speak with criminal investigators only in the presence of an attorney provided by the group, the group’s leaders say their message was not intended to […]

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