Archive of February 15, 2021 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of February 15, 2021

Nigerian bishop laments continuing insecurity since seminarian's killing a year ago

Feb 15, 2021 - 07:19 pm .- One year after the burial of Michael Nnadi, an 18-year-old Nigerian seminarian abducted and killed by gunmen, the local bishop has indicated his sorrow at the lack of progress in preventing abductions and murders.

Report: Catholic nuns join protests against Burma’s military coup

Feb 15, 2021 - 06:00 pm .- Catholic nuns in Burma have joined widespread protests against the recent military coup, Asian Catholic websites have reported. 

Vandalized statue of Sacred Heart of Jesus returns to Texas cathedral

Feb 15, 2021 - 05:18 pm .- A west Texas parish has restored a century-old statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus after it was vandalized and nearly destroyed last September. 

Report: Vatican not mentioned in China’s new rules on bishop appointments

Feb 15, 2021 - 05:00 pm .- According to new rules which will reportedly take effect on May 1, China’s state-run Catholic Church and bishops’ conference will select, approve, and ordain episcopal candidates—with no mention of the Vatican’s involvement in the process.

Pittsburgh diocese announces mergers for four Catholic schools

Feb 15, 2021 - 04:47 pm .- Four Catholic elementary schools will merge to form two schools for the school year beginning in fall 2021, the Diocese of Pittsburgh has said, as the local bishop stressed their continued importance.

Scottish Christian leaders join in opposition to proposed Hate Crime law

Feb 15, 2021 - 03:52 pm .- The Catholic bishops of Scotland, along with several other Christian groups, are speaking out against a proposed “hate crimes” law in the country that they say could interfere with the free exercise of religion.

Our Lady of Fatima pilgrim statue to visit three former Soviet republics for first time

Feb 15, 2021 - 02:19 pm .- In September and October the pilgrim statue of Our Lady of Fatima will for the first time visit Armenia, Georgia, and Azerbaijan.

States consider limiting participation in girls sports to just girls

Feb 15, 2021 - 01:00 pm .- Several state legislatures are considering requirements that student-athletes at public schools only participate in sports according to their biological sex, and not their gender identity.

Report: Cardinal Gregory thought USCCB statement on Biden inauguration ‘ill-timed’

Feb 15, 2021 - 11:30 am .- The Archbishop of Washington thought the U.S. bishops’ statement for President Biden’s inauguration “ill-timed,” according to NBC’s “Today” co-host Al Roker on Monday.  

Pope Francis praises Coptic Orthodox martyrs as 'saints of all Christians'

Feb 15, 2021 - 11:01 am .- Pope Francis has praised the courageous witness of the 21 Coptic Orthodox Christians killed by ISIS in 2015, calling them “saints of all Christians.”

Vatican diplomat: The empowerment of women will contribute to peace and security

Feb 15, 2021 - 10:17 am .- A Vatican diplomat said Monday that the advancement of more women in leadership positions in public life will contribute to peace and security.

Italy's bishops draw attention to suffering families in message to new prime minister

Feb 15, 2021 - 08:30 am .- The president of the national bishops’ conference has welcomed Italy’s new government with a message to Prime Minister Mario Draghi, who was sworn in Saturday.

Iraqi government imposes COVID restrictions weeks before papal visit

Feb 15, 2021 - 06:30 am .- The Iraqi government has announced new COVID-19 restrictions, including the closure of all places of worship, less than three weeks before Pope Francis’ scheduled trip to Iraq.

Pope Francis names Texas priest an auxiliary bishop of San Antonio

Feb 15, 2021 - 05:30 am .- Pope Francis on Monday named Fr. Gary W. Janak, a canon lawyer and licensed counselor, an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of San Antonio, Texas.