Archive of January 21, 2021 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of January 21, 2021

In far-reaching executive order, Biden redefines 'sex'

Jan 21, 2021 - 06:01 pm .- In one of his first acts in office, President Joe Biden has signed an executive order to interpret sex discrimination in federal law to include sexual orientation and gender identity. The move could impact high school sports, the privacy of single-sex bathrooms, faith-based organizations that are government grantees or contractors, and whether employees may face retaliation for voicing “discriminatory” religious beliefs.

Missing priest in Burkina Faso found dead

Jan 21, 2021 - 04:54 pm .- A Catholic priest in Burkina Faso who went missing Tuesday has been found dead in a forest, the local bishop announced Thursday.

Two 20th century Italians advance on the path to sainthood

Jan 21, 2021 - 04:49 pm .- Two Italian contemporaries, a young priest who resisted the Nazis and was shot dead, and a seminarian who died at age 15 from tuberculosis, are both closer to being declared saints.

Secretary of State nominee agrees with ‘genocide’ determination for Uyghurs

Jan 21, 2021 - 02:45 pm .- President Joe Biden’s nominee for Secretary of State agrees with his predecessor’s declaration that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is committing genocide against Uyghurs and other ethnic and religious minorities in Xinjiang.

Trump admin proposal a last-ditch effort to offer religious groups SBA loans

Jan 21, 2021 - 02:34 pm .- A proposal made on the last day of the Trump administration would make religious businesses eligible to receive loans from the Small Business Administration, removing previous restrictions.

San Francisco archbishop responds to Pelosi: 'No Catholic in good conscience can favor abortion'

Jan 21, 2021 - 01:20 pm .- The Archbishop of San Francisco on Thursday said that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) "speaks in direct contradiction to a fundamental human right that Catholic teaching has consistently championed for 2,000 years" on abortion.

How a helicopter crash brought a soldier back to the Catholic faith

Jan 21, 2021 - 12:00 pm .- As a self-proclaimed atheist in his early 20s, Private Dillon Beatson said that the only time he spoke of religion was with ridicule. But when his helicopter crashed during a training mission in the Middle East, he found himself crying out to God.

Dr. Fauci promises repeal of Mexico City Policy

Jan 21, 2021 - 11:30 am .- The Biden administration will repeal the Mexico City Policy in the “coming days,” White House advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci told board members of the World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday, January 21.

U.S. bishops applaud Biden's actions on immigration

Jan 21, 2021 - 10:20 am .- The U.S. bishops’ conference applauded President Joe Biden for halting some deportations and preserving the DACA program on his first day in office.

Ex-Vatican bank president given 9-year prison sentence for money-laundering

Jan 21, 2021 - 09:47 am .- The former president of the institute commonly known as the “Vatican bank” has been given a sentence of eight years and 11 months in prison by the Vatican court.

U.S. bishops praise Biden's repeal of travel ban

Jan 21, 2021 - 08:45 am .- After President Joe Biden on his first day in office revoked a travel ban from certain Muslim-majority and African countries, leading U.S. bishops praised the move.

Pope Francis sends condolences after 32 killed in suicide bombings in Iraq

Jan 21, 2021 - 08:15 am .- Pope Francis said on Thursday that he was praying for the victims of two suicide bombings in Baghdad, which took place less than two months before his scheduled visit to Iraq.

Pope Francis recognizes heroic virtues of pioneering French geneticist Jerome Lejeune

Jan 21, 2021 - 06:30 am .- Pope Francis recognized on Thursday the heroic virtues of Jérôme Lejeune, the French geneticist who discovered the extra chromosome that causes Down syndrome.

Croatia’s Catholic bishops commend victims of pandemic and earthquakes to Virgin Mary

Jan 21, 2021 - 06:00 am .- Croatia’s Catholic bishops on Tuesday commended “victims of the coronavirus pandemic and destructive earthquakes” to the intercession of the Virgin Mary.

Biden's Catholic cabinet nominees mirror him on abortion

Jan 21, 2021 - 05:45 am .- While President Joe Biden has nominated a number of Catholics to serve in his cabinet, some of them have publicly contradicted Church teaching on abortion.

Speaker Pelosi implies religious pro-lifers are sellouts

Jan 21, 2021 - 05:00 am .- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi accused pro-lifers of putting their opposition to abortion over the tenets of democracy in a recent appearance on former Sen. Hillary Clinton’s podcast.    “I think that Donald Trump is president because of the issue of a woman’s right to choose,” Pelosi said on the Jan. 18 episode of “You and Me Both with Hillary Clinton,” blaming pro-life voters for boosting Trump into office.    She said pro-life voters for Trump "were willing to sell the whole democracy down the river for that one issue.”

Recently ordained Catholic priest dies after Madrid parish explosion

Jan 21, 2021 - 04:30 am .- A recently ordained Catholic priest died in hospital early Thursday morning after an explosion destroyed a parish building in the Spanish capital, Madrid.

Why 2021 is the Year of Dante

Jan 21, 2021 - 03:01 am .- Dante Alighieri died 700 years ago, and Italy is ready to celebrate the author whose epic poem through Hell, Purgatory and Heaven has influenced the art, imagination, and faith of so many down the centuries.

San Francisco archdiocese hosting webinar on future of the pro-life movement

Jan 21, 2021 - 12:45 am .- As the United States undergoes a transition in leadership, the Archdiocese of San Francisco will host a webinar this week discussing the future of the pro-life movement.