Archive of February 19, 2021 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of February 19, 2021

Judge blocks S Carolina 'heartbeat' abortion ban, but backers look to Supreme Court

Feb 19, 2021 - 07:01 pm .- A federal judge has temporarily blocked South Carolina’s heartbeat-based abortion ban just days after its passage, in response to court filings from Planned Parenthood. However, the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office has argued that Planned Parenthood can’t be sure the U.S. Supreme Court will reject the law.

Filipino Catholics grateful for easing of Mass restrictions as Lent begins

Feb 19, 2021 - 06:26 pm .- Archbishop Charles Brown, the apostolic nuncio to the Philippines, applauded the government’s decision to ease restrictions on religious services, which he said is especially timely as the Church enters the season of Lent.

Priest challenges Scotland's coronavirus ban on public worship

Feb 19, 2021 - 05:01 pm .- Scotland’s coronavirus-related ban on public worship goes too far and churches that follow appropriate precautions should be allowed to open for in-person worship like in other parts of Europe, a Scottish priest has said in a challenge to the government.

Despite pandemic, Planned Parenthood’s abortions increased in FY 2020

Feb 19, 2021 - 05:00 pm .- Planned Parenthood’s annual report once again showed an increase from the previous year in both abortions performed and government funding.

USCCB: Equality Act would ‘punish’ religious groups opposed to gender ideology

Feb 19, 2021 - 04:00 pm .- The U.S. bishops’ conference (USCCB) has come out in opposition to the Equality Act, which was introduced in the U.S. House on Thursday.

Bishops conference condemns Peru vaccine scandal

Feb 19, 2021 - 03:55 pm .- The Peruvian bishops’ conference on Thursday condemned the country’s vaccine scandal, in which hundreds of prominent figures took advantage of their positions to receive coronavirus vaccination out of turn.

What's the point of fasting, anyway?

Feb 19, 2021 - 03:02 pm .- God commanded it, Jesus practiced it, Church Fathers have preached the importance of it – fasting is a powerful and fundamental part of the Christian life.

Portuguese president requests constitutional review of proposed euthanasia law

Feb 19, 2021 - 02:01 pm .- Portugal’s president on Thursday requested a constitutional review of a recently-passed bill to legalize euthanasia and assisted suicide in the country.

Vatican cardinal congratulates new Serbian Orthodox patriarch on election

Feb 19, 2021 - 01:00 pm .- A Vatican cardinal on Friday congratulated the new leader of the Serbian Orthodox Church on his election and said he hoped that relations with the Catholic Church would “continue to grow.”

Review: 2021 Lenten fish sandwiches

Feb 19, 2021 - 12:30 pm .- CNA's 2021 review of Lenten fast food fish sandwich offerings.   

Pope Francis to soccer players: ‘The most beautiful victories are those you win as a team’

Feb 19, 2021 - 12:00 pm .- Pope Francis said on Friday that participation in sports can help people to grow in holiness, stressing the importance of teamwork.

Archbishop Gomez urges prayer, support for those affected by winter storm

Feb 19, 2021 - 11:25 am .- Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles on Friday encouraged prayer and support for those affected by a major winter storm across the southern US.

Catholic clinic in South Sudan closes temporarily as doctors test positive for Covid

Feb 19, 2021 - 10:45 am .- A Catholic health centre of the Diocese of Wau has temporarily shut down after all three doctors at the facility tested positive for Covid-19.

Pro-life leaders sound alarm about Health Secretary nominee

Feb 19, 2021 - 08:30 am .- Pro-life leaders and scholars are warning against the nomination of California’s attorney general to lead the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Catholic archbishop: Austrian court ruling on assisted suicide ‘just the beginning’

Feb 19, 2021 - 07:35 am .- An Austrian archbishop warned Catholics on Wednesday that a top court’s ruling on assisted suicide is “just the beginning.”

Vatican expects deficit of $60 million in 2021

Feb 19, 2021 - 05:40 am .- The Vatican said on Friday that it expects to record a deficit of around $60 million in 2021 amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Pope Francis gives Roman Curia 17th-century text as Lenten reading

Feb 19, 2021 - 05:00 am .- Pope Francis has given each member of the Roman Curia a book to include in their spiritual reading for their Lenten retreat this year.

Catholic bishops across Europe join in Lent prayer for victims of coronavirus pandemic

Feb 19, 2021 - 04:00 am .- Catholic bishops across Europe will join together in prayer throughout Lent for victims of the coronavirus pandemic. 

Catholic safeguarding commission reports rise in abuse allegations in England and Wales

Feb 19, 2021 - 02:20 am .- The number of people facing concerns or allegations of abuse against children rose by 29% in a year, according to a new safeguarding report on the Catholic Church in England and Wales.