Archive of February 4, 2021 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of February 4, 2021

Vatican upholds prohibitions placed on Feeneyite group by diocese in New Hampshire

Feb 4, 2021 - 09:01 pm .- The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has declined to consider an appeal by the Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary located in New Hampshire against prohibitions placed on them by the Diocese of Manchester.

Virginia poised to abolish death penalty

Feb 4, 2021 - 08:11 pm .- The abolition of the death penalty has advanced in Virginia, with the State Senate’s passage of a bill backed by the Virginia Catholic Conference.

Pro-life movement ‘will be tenacious,’ House pro-life leader promises

Feb 4, 2021 - 07:00 pm .- With a pro-abortion administration and a pro-abortion majority in the House, the pro-life movement will be “tenacious,” a leading pro-life member of Congress says.

Education Secretary nominee: Transgender athletes should be allowed to play women’s sports

Feb 4, 2021 - 06:00 pm .- The nominee for Secretary of Education on Wednesday said that high school athletes identifying as transgender should be allowed to compete in girls’ athletic events. 

Responding to pope’s call, Archbishop Cordileone supports ‘Year for the Homeless’

Feb 4, 2021 - 05:34 pm .- Following Pope Francis’ appeal to pray for the homeless deceased, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco is supporting a local initiative that has launched a “Year of the Homeless.”

Kansas City, St Petersburg bishops make Super Bowl wager

Feb 4, 2021 - 05:01 pm .- The Catholic bishops of the cities competing in the Super Bowl have placed a friendly wager on the game’s outcome.

White House: Biden supports Equality Act, funding of Planned Parenthood

Feb 4, 2021 - 04:00 pm .- The White House on Thursday reaffirmed its commitment to funding Planned Parenthood and supporting the Equality Act—a bill opposed by the U.S. bishops.

Catholic bishop: ‘Synodal Way’ procedures give impression of ‘authoritarian despotism’

Feb 4, 2021 - 03:00 pm .- A German Catholic bishop said on Wednesday that he detected an “authoritarian despotism” in the procedures of the country’s controversial “Synodal Way.”

Australian ‘conversion therapy’ ban has dangerous flaws, say religious leaders

Feb 4, 2021 - 02:12 pm .- A proposed ban on “conversion therapy” for sexual orientation or gender identity in Australia’s Victoria state is far too broad and could target normal prayer and conversations between children and parents, Catholic bishops and Muslim leaders warned this week.

Pope Francis calls human fraternity the ‘challenge of our century’

Feb 4, 2021 - 01:00 pm .- Human fraternity is “the challenge of our century,” Pope Francis said on Thursday, as he marked the first International Day of Human Fraternity together with the Grand Imam of al-Azhar, Ahmed el-Tayeb.

German cardinal says he will keep promise to publish abuse report

Feb 4, 2021 - 12:00 pm .- A German cardinal facing calls to resign confirmed on Thursday that he would release an eagerly awaited report on abuse cases in his archdiocese next month.

Spanish city closes basilica, citing coronavirus

Feb 4, 2021 - 11:02 am .- The mayor of Castellón de la Plata has has closed the Basílica de la Mare de Déu del Lledó and other Catholic churches in city, on the grounds that it is necessary to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

At National Prayer Breakfast, Biden says faith is guide in ‘a dark, dark time’

Feb 4, 2021 - 10:00 am .- President Joe Biden condemned political extremism and urged Americans to “lift one another up” in remarks at the virtual National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday. 

Pope Francis hails musicians’ ‘new creativity’ amid pandemic disruption

Feb 4, 2021 - 06:05 am .- Pope Francis praised musicians on Thursday for showing “new creativity” despite severe restrictions imposed on their work by the coronavirus pandemic.    

Hong Kong Catholic lawyer nominated for Nobel Peace Prize 

Feb 4, 2021 - 12:02 am .- A Catholic lawyer who helped found the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong has been nominated to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.