Archive of January 20, 2021 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of January 20, 2021

White House won't give plans on Hyde Amendment, Mexico City Policy

Jan 20, 2021 - 06:45 pm .- White House press secretary Jen Psaki would not tell EWTN News' Owen Jensen on Wednesday evening what the administration will do with current safeguards against taxpayer funding of abortions.   "I think we’ll have more to say on the Mexico City Policy in the coming days,” Psaki said, before adding that Biden is a “devout Catholic.”

Hundreds reportedly dead after massacre at Oriental Orthodox church in Ethiopia

Jan 20, 2021 - 05:34 pm .- At least 750 people are reported dead after an attack on an Oriental Orthodox church in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, according to a European watchgroup.

In unprecedented move, Cardinal Cupich criticizes USCCB statement on Biden

Jan 20, 2021 - 05:04 pm .- Cardinal Blase Cupich, archbishop of Chicago, used Twitter to issue a scathing criticism of the USCCB’s official statement on the inauguration of President Joe Biden.

Another priest missing in Burkina Faso

Jan 20, 2021 - 04:20 pm .- A Catholic bishop in Burkina Faso is asking for prayers after the disappearance of another priest, whose vehicle was found abandoned earlier this week.

Knights of Columbus affirm Archbishop Gomez' 'balanced and prophetic statement' on inauguration

Jan 20, 2021 - 03:51 pm .- The head of the Knights of Columbus on Wednesday expressed gratitude for the “balanced and prophetic” statement issued by the US bishops’ conference on the presidential inauguration of Joe Biden.

Bishops write to UK Health Secretary over plight of Polish Catholic patient

Jan 20, 2021 - 02:00 pm .- Catholic bishops wrote to Britain’s Health Secretary on Wednesday, expressing concern about the plight of a Polish patient in a U.K. hospital.

Pope Francis congratulates Italian soccer team on win against Roma

Jan 20, 2021 - 01:00 pm .- Pope Francis met on Wednesday with players of the northern Italian soccer club Spezia after they eliminated the fourth-seeded A.S. Roma from the country’s annual cup competition.

Catholic leaders respond to Biden’s call for unity

Jan 20, 2021 - 12:30 pm .- Catholic leaders praised new President Joe Biden’s call for national unity in his inaugural address on Wednesday, but emphasized that his policies must match the Church’s teachings--including on abortion and marriage.

Report: Probe can’t account for $2 million sent from Vatican to Australia

Jan 20, 2021 - 12:00 pm .- Investigators examining transfers from the Vatican to Australia have been unable to account for around $1.9 million sent between the two countries, local media reported on Wednesday.

Bishops offer prayers for Biden on Inauguration Day

Jan 20, 2021 - 11:50 am .- As Joe Biden took office as the 46th president of the United States on Wednesday, individual U.S. bishops offered statements of prayer and congratulations.

Full text: Fr. Leo J. O'Donovan Inauguration Day invocation prayer at the US Capitol

Jan 20, 2021 - 11:30 am .- The inauguration ceremony of President Joe Biden started with an invocation prayer delivered by Catholic priest Leo J. O'Donovan, Jesuit, a former Georgetown University President.

Pope Francis prays Biden will respect 'dignity of every person' in inauguration message

Jan 20, 2021 - 11:11 am .- In a message to Joe Biden on inauguration day, Pope Francis said he is praying the new United States president will make decisions which respect the rights and dignity of every person, especially the poor and most vulnerable.

Archbishop Cordileone prays for Biden, states his support for USCCB president

Jan 20, 2021 - 10:47 am .- The Archbishop of San Francisco on Wednesday stated his support for the U.S. bishops’ conference (USCCB) president, who had noted areas of collaboration and concern with incoming President Joe Biden.

Updated: At least three dead as explosion devastates Catholic parish building in Madrid

Jan 20, 2021 - 09:30 am .- At least three people are believed to have died after an explosion on Wednesday devastated a building belonging to a Catholic parish in the Spanish capital, Madrid.

Vatican begins vaccinating homeless people in its care against COVID-19

Jan 20, 2021 - 09:00 am .- The Vatican began on Wednesday vaccinating homeless people in its care against COVID-19.

Second federal court strikes down transgender mandate

Jan 20, 2021 - 07:55 am .- “Today’s ruling protects patients, aligns with current medical research, and ensures doctors aren’t forced to violate their religious beliefs and medical judgment...”

UPDATED: US bishops release prepared statement on Biden inauguration

Jan 20, 2021 - 07:04 am .- As Joe Biden is inaugurated Wednesday as president of the United States, the U.S. bishops had prepared a statement saying they planned to engage the new administration on issues including abortion, religious freedom, racism, and poverty.

Pandemic forces changes to Roman Curia’s annual Lenten retreat

Jan 20, 2021 - 06:30 am .- Pope Francis has asked members of the Roman Curia to make their own arrangements for a private retreat at the beginning of Lent this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Pope Francis: Ask God for unity to ‘overcome scandal of division’ among Christians

Jan 20, 2021 - 05:00 am .- Pope Francis urged Christians to pray for “the gift of unity” on Wednesday, saying that the devil always seeks to sow division and discord.

‘This image is very offensive to many people’: Poland’s ‘rainbow halo’ trial begins

Jan 20, 2021 - 04:30 am .- The trial of three activists who distributed posters depicting Poland’s Black Madonna icon with a rainbow halo will resume next month following a tumultuous opening hearing. 

Court: Vermont can’t exclude Catholic school student from college tuition program

Jan 20, 2021 - 12:23 am .- A federal court of appeals has sided with a Catholic high school student who challenged a State of Vermont policy that excludes students at private religious secondary schools from a no-cost college credit program.