Archive of January 13, 2021 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of January 13, 2021

North Dakota bill would force priests to violate confession seal in abuse cases

Jan 13, 2021 - 09:01 pm .- Three North Dakota state legislators introduced a bill this week that would oblige Catholic priests to violate the seal of confession in cases of confirmed or suspected child abuse, on penalty of imprisonment or heavy fines.

Jubilee Year in Santiago de Compostela offers chance at plenary indulgence

Jan 13, 2021 - 08:11 pm .- The Jubilee Year of Compostela in Spain has been extended to take place through both 2021 and 2022, due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Ohio requires in-person administration of medical abortion

Jan 13, 2021 - 07:01 pm .- The governor of Ohio has signed a bill which requires physicians to be present during the administration of the first drug of an abortion pill regimen, banning the practice of “telemedicine abortion” procedures in the state.

What do we owe immigrants? Love, says Archbishop Gomez

Jan 13, 2021 - 06:38 pm .- During a webinar on human dignity this week, Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles reflected on immigration and the Christian’s obligation to love.

South Dakota governor calls for Down syndrome abortion ban

Jan 13, 2021 - 05:25 pm .- The governor of South Dakota asked state lawmakers on Tuesday to introduce a bill banning abortions based on a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome.

Texas ends Medicaid funds to Planned Parenthood

Jan 13, 2021 - 04:01 pm .- Texas will no longer provide Medicaid funds to abortion providers such as Planned Parenthood, with the last funds ending in February.

US executes Lisa Montgomery despite concerns over mental illness 

Jan 13, 2021 - 03:39 pm .- Lisa Montgomery, the only woman on federal death row, was executed early Wednesday morning, despite her attorneys’ arguments that her severe mental illness rendered her unable to understand why she was being killed.

Kentucky lawmakers pass two pro-life bills early in legislative session

Jan 13, 2021 - 03:29 pm .- Lawmakers in Kentucky on Monday sent two pro-life bills to Governor Andy Beshear’s desk, both of which are likely to become law thanks to veto-proof majorities.

Cardinal Dolan: Catholics more 'hung up' on abortion as Biden administration looms

Jan 13, 2021 - 01:49 pm .- Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York has explained why Catholics are not ashamed of being 'hung up’ on abortion, especially in the context of the upcoming Biden administration, in a Wednesday column.

Brazilian cardinal dies at age 88 after long illness

Jan 13, 2021 - 01:47 pm .- Brazilian Cardinal Eusébio Oscar Scheid, the archbishop emeritus of Rio de Janeiro and a theologian, died Wednesday afternoon after a long period of illness.

Report: North Korea, Nigeria among the worst countries for Christian persecution

Jan 13, 2021 - 01:27 pm .- For the twentieth year in a row, North Korea tops the list of countries where Christians face oppression, according to a group that reports on global Christian persecution.

Supreme Court debates whether college's free speech violation merits symbolic damages

Jan 13, 2021 - 01:01 pm .- A Christian student seeking symbolic damages against a Georgia college that had restricted the area where he could try to evangelize saw his case go before the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday.

Iraq: Papal visit logo unveiled amid uncertainty over Pope Francis’ March trip

Jan 13, 2021 - 12:00 pm .- The logo and motto of Pope Francis' scheduled trip to Iraq have been unveiled

Vatican City begins administering first doses of coronavirus vaccine

Jan 13, 2021 - 09:35 am .- Vatican City State began administering the first doses of the coronavirus vaccine on Wednesday.

Catholic archbishop of Glasgow dies suddenly at age 70

Jan 13, 2021 - 08:35 am .- The Catholic archbishop of Glasgow, Scotland, died suddenly on Wednesday at the age of 70.  

Report: Australia’s financial crime watchdog says it vastly overestimated Vatican transfers

Jan 13, 2021 - 06:30 am .- Australia’s financial crime watchdog has said that it vastly overestimated Vatican transfers, local media reported on Wednesday.

Pope Francis: Praise God above all in difficult moments

Jan 13, 2021 - 04:02 am .- Pope Francis urged Catholics on Wednesday to praise God not only in happy times, “but above all in difficult moments.”

Aliens and AI: Catholic society looks at science questions from a faith perspective

Jan 13, 2021 - 03:01 am .- This week, scientists discovered an FM radio signal emitting from Ganymede, a moon of Jupiter. No, it’s not aliens blasting some Kanye, NASA said, it is a naturally occurring phenomenon.

China deemed a top religious freedom concern in 2021

Jan 13, 2021 - 12:13 am .- China remains a primary human rights concern in 2021, a federal religious freedom commissioner told CNA this week.

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