Archive of January 25, 2021 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of January 25, 2021

Are changes coming to the Vatican Dicastery for Communications?

Jan 25, 2021 - 07:56 pm .- Increasing rumors from multiple Vatican sources say the Vatican communications department might experience a shakeup shortly, and that Pope Francis might try a new redesign of the dicastery that handles Vatican media.

As Senate dynamic shifts, pro-lifers examine Manchin’s record

Jan 25, 2021 - 04:30 pm .- As Democrats last week took effective control of the Senate, pro-life leaders turned their attention to the record of one senator who could cast pivotal votes in the next two years. Manchin, a moderate West Virginia Democrat who was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2010 after serving as governor of that state, has been known to cast pro-life votes before.

Filipino diocese mourns murdered priest

Jan 25, 2021 - 03:43 pm .- A Filipino diocese demanded justice and decried the murder of a priest who was shot and killed by an unknown perpetrator on Sunday.

Second man accuses Chicago’s Father Pfleger of sex abuse

Jan 25, 2021 - 02:24 pm .- A second alleged victim has accused activist Chicago priest Fr. Michael Pfleger of sexually abusing him as a minor decades ago, the Chicago archdiocese has confirmed to local media. The priest has strongly denied both accusations, which come from two brothers.

Appeals court rules on California churches that challenged Covid restrictions

Jan 25, 2021 - 02:01 pm .- An appeals court last week ruled for a second time against a California church which challenged the state’s rules barring in-person worship services for much of the state, ruling that a total ban on indoor worship services in most areas of the state is justified to block the spread of coronavirus.

Supreme Court rules favorably toward inmate requesting priest at execution

Jan 25, 2021 - 12:55 pm .- The Supreme Court on Monday ruled favorably toward a Catholic death row inmate requesting the presence of a priest at his execution.

Cardinals offer funeral Mass for homeless man in Rome

Jan 25, 2021 - 12:19 pm .- Papal almoner Cardinal Konrad Krajewski offered a funeral Mass Monday for a 64-year-old homeless man who died in Rome.

Pro-lifers pleasantly surprised at Kentucky’s enactment of ‘Born-Alive’ bill

Jan 25, 2021 - 11:45 am .- A Kentucky bill requiring appropriate medical care for babies surviving attempted abortions became law on Friday.

Pope Francis: May the Holy Trinity make Christians grow in unity

Jan 25, 2021 - 11:39 am .- The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity concluded Monday with Vespers at the tomb of St. Paul.

Biden reverses military ban on gender transitioning

Jan 25, 2021 - 11:00 am .- President Joe Biden on Monday revoked a ban on gender transitioning in the military, allowing troops to serve on the basis of their gender identity.  

Biden has ‘developed’ approach to abortion, Sister Simone Campbell says

Jan 25, 2021 - 10:35 am .- President Joe Biden has a “very developed approach” to abortion, Sister Simone Campbell, executive director of the Network Lobby for Catholic Social Justice, said during a recent panel discussion hosted by the National Catholic Reporter.

Members of Congress come out in support of Hyde Amendment

Jan 25, 2021 - 09:30 am .- Nearly 200 members of Congress have signed a letter supporting bans on taxpayer funding of abortions.

Vatican Secretary of State calls for synergy in fight against poverty and climate change

Jan 25, 2021 - 08:30 am .- The Vatican Secretary of State has called for a new model of development built on “the synergistic bond” between the fight against climate change and the struggle against poverty.

Pope Francis tells Latin American Ecclesial Assembly not to be elitist 

Jan 25, 2021 - 05:30 am .- Pope Francis sent a video message Sunday to Latin American Church leaders organizing a “synodal” regional assembly, in which he asked them not to be ideological elites, but to remain close to the people of God.

Polish Catholic Church’s ‘Day of Islam’ seeks to ‘overcome prejudices’

Jan 25, 2021 - 02:00 am .- The Polish Catholic Church’s annual “Day of Islam” on Tuesday is an opportunity to overcome prejudices, a bishop who oversees Catholic-Muslim dialogue in the country has said.