Archive of January 8, 2021 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of January 8, 2021

Catholic Bible-in-a-year podcast tops the charts

Jan 8, 2021 - 05:02 pm .- A Catholic podcast featuring a priest reading and analyzing the Bible has been at the top of the Apple Podcast charts since Jan. 2, ahead of secular podcasts produced by such organizations as The New York Times, NBC News, and NPR.

First lay head of disciplinary commission at Roman Curia appointed

Jan 8, 2021 - 04:40 pm .- For the first time, the Disciplinary Commission of the Roman Curia will be presided by a layperson after Pope Francis appointed professor Vincenzo Buonomo, rector of the Pontifical Lateran University. And it is possible that more laypersons will be appointed for other Vatican positions.

Venezuelan Bishop, 69, dies of COVID-19

Jan 8, 2021 - 03:12 pm .- The Venezuelan Bishops' Conference (CEV) announced Friday morning that the 69-year-old Bishop of Trujillo, Cástor Oswaldo Azuaje, has died of COVID-19.

Catholic former chief of staff among White House resignations

Jan 8, 2021 - 02:44 pm .- The Catholic former White House chief of staff resigned his post as Special Envoy to Northern Ireland on Thursday, following the storming of the U.S. Capitol by pro-Trump protesters.

HHS issues final rule protecting faith-based adoption agencies

Jan 8, 2021 - 02:11 pm .- The Trump administration finalized a rule this week allowing faith-based adoption agencies to receive federal funding regardless of their views on same-sex marriage.

Pope Francis sends message of encouragement to Venezuelan cardinal

Jan 8, 2021 - 01:00 pm .- Pope Francis sent a message this week to Cardinal Baltazar Porras Cardoza, as Venezuela suffers the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on top of a severe socio-economic crisis.

Catholic Church in Malta confirms break with ‘closed cult community’ after investigation

Jan 8, 2021 - 10:00 am .- The Catholic Church in Malta formally dissociated itself on Friday from what it described as a “closed cult community” after a five-month investigation into allegations of psychological and spiritual abuse.

Virtual pilgrimage to Mexico's monument of Christ the King announced

Jan 8, 2021 - 09:45 am .- The traditional youth pilgrimage to the monument of Christ the King on the “Cerro del Cubilete” (Dice Cup Hill) in Guanajuato, Mexico, will take place virtually Jan. 30 due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

How a martyr killed by the mafia inspired a generation of Catholic lawyers

Jan 8, 2021 - 08:05 am .- Soon-to-be Blessed Rosario Livatino was a Catholic judge brutally killed by the mafia in Sicily in 1990. Today his legal legacy lives on through the work of a center in Italy dedicated to issues of life, the family, and religious freedom.

Lawyer urges clemency for federal death row inmate

Jan 8, 2021 - 05:22 am .- A woman convicted of murdering a woman and stealing her unborn child should be granted clemency ahead of her scheduled execution on Jan. 12, her lawyer told CNA.

Pope Francis appoints first lay head of Roman Curia’s disciplinary commission

Jan 8, 2021 - 05:20 am .- Pope Francis appointed on Friday the first lay head of the Roman Curia’s disciplinary commission.

Confidentiality dispute piles pressure on cardinal accused of mishandling abuse cases

Jan 8, 2021 - 02:30 am .- German media have criticized the Archdiocese of Cologne for offering to provide a “background briefing” to journalists about an unpublished report into clerical sex abuse on condition that they signed a confidentiality form. 

Texas diocese asks state Supreme Court to drop accused deacon’s defamation suit

Jan 8, 2021 - 12:13 am .- The Catholic Diocese of Lubbock, Texas has asked its state Supreme Court to dismiss a defamation lawsuit brought against the diocese by one of its former deacons, who claims he was wrongfully accused of child abuse.

Vatican preparing ‘joint message’ on Martin Luther with Lutheran World Federation

Jan 8, 2021 - 12:00 am .- The Vatican’s ecumenical office is preparing a “joint message” on Martin Luther with the Lutheran World Federation (LWF), a cardinal said Friday.

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