Archive of January 29, 2021 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of January 29, 2021

Cardinal Dolan quarantining after contact with COVID-positive individual

Jan 29, 2021 - 06:27 pm .- The Archdiocese of New York announced Thursday that Cardinal Timothy Dolan is quarantining after “close contact” with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. The cardinal does not currently have symptoms.

Politics divides, but Christ unites: Madison bishop confronts Catholic 'acrimony'

Jan 29, 2021 - 04:14 pm .- The polarization of American politics means that Catholics must be a force for unity rather than “divisively tribal,” and clergy especially need to be careful that they don’t let their personal politics compromise their Christian mission, Bishop Donald Hying of Madison has said.

Michigan diocese mourns as nine nuns die from coronavirus

Jan 29, 2021 - 03:46 pm .- The Diocese of Lansing offered its condolences and prayerful support after the coronavirus hit a religious retirement home this month and nine nuns died.

‘A rescue mission of truly loving people’: Tim Tebow calls on pro-lifers to change the culture

Jan 29, 2021 - 02:30 pm .- Speakers at the 2021 March for Life rally on Friday called pro-lifers to change the culture and not be discouraged at political setbacks.   “We need to live on a rescue mission of truly loving people well,” said Tim Tebow, retired NFL player and current baseball player. 

Cardinal Turkson to Davos forum: Human dignity must not be compromised

Jan 29, 2021 - 01:00 pm .- Cardinal Peter Turkson told a virtual summit organized by the World Economic Forum on Thursday that the human person must be at the center of efforts to counter the coronavirus pandemic.

Pope Francis appeals for fight against ‘unacceptable poverty’

Jan 29, 2021 - 12:00 pm .- Pope Francis encouraged Catholic organizations on Friday to continue to fight against “unacceptable poverty.”

Cardinal Gregory: Beatitudes teach us to ‘respect and love’ all human life

Jan 29, 2021 - 11:15 am .- The Beatitudes are the answer to legalized abortion, the Archbishop of Washington said on the morning of the annual March for Life.

‘I still wanted to make a difference’: Why pro-lifers came to D.C. to pray

Jan 29, 2021 - 10:32 am .- Although the national March for Life is closed to the public this year, dozens of young adults gathered for a pro-life prayer vigil in Washington, D.C. on Thursday night.

Use ‘weapons’ of ‘prayer, fasting and almsgiving’ to fight abortion, Archbishop Naumann says

Jan 29, 2021 - 08:39 am .- Protecting vulnerable persons was a “bright spot” in the country’s COVID-19 pandemic response, the U.S. bishops’ pro-life chair said on the eve of the March for Life.

Pope Francis to Roman Rota: Always keep in mind ‘the good of the children’

Jan 29, 2021 - 07:30 am .- Pope Francis urged the Vatican’s highest court on Friday to safeguard “the good of the family” in Church decisions regarding marriage annulments, saying that children are “innocent victims” in the separation of their parents.

Why the Mexico City Policy is so significant

Jan 29, 2021 - 06:30 am .- The Mexico City Policy was first instituted in 1984 by President Reagan. It is named for the location of the UN population conference at which it was announced. The policy has been rescinded by Democratic Presidents Clinton, Obama, and now Biden; it was reinstated by Republican Presidents George W. Bush and Trump during their presidential terms.   Under the policy, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) cannot distribute family planning funds to foreign non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that perform or promote abortions.   Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.), who has served as co-chair of the House Pro-Life Caucus for decades, was in office when the policy was first instituted.   He told CNA that existing policy—the Helms Amendment—had prohibited direct funding of abortions abroad, but stronger pro-life funding protections were still required.   “And the accounting trick that the pro-abortion groups were doing was that they would take the all of the U.S. funding and then tell us our money wasn’t being used to pay for abortion,” he said. “And then they would just fund abortions-on-demand, however many they wanted to do, and lobby for it.”   The Mexico City Policy, he said, “was all about saying if we care enough about the precious lives of unborn children who are going to be dismembered or chemically poisoned by an organization,” then “we’re not going to let bookkeeping tricks and accounting methods prevent us from as much protection as we can possibly provide.”

Pope Francis calls for ‘mission of compassion’ spurred by pandemic

Jan 29, 2021 - 04:35 am .- Pope Francis urged Catholics on Friday to engage in a “mission of compassion” to a world ravaged by the coronavirus crisis. 

As heartbeat bill passes key hurdle, Charleston diocese welcomes progress

Jan 29, 2021 - 12:54 am .- A proposed South Carolina ban on abortion after an unborn child’s heartbeat can be detected has won approval from the state senate for the first time, drawing praise from the Catholic Diocese of Charleston.