Archive of February 23, 2021 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of February 23, 2021

Petition to preserve religious liberty in Chile launched

Feb 23, 2021 - 08:01 pm .- Alliance Defending Freedom International has launched a petition addressed to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights to rule in favor of religious freedom in Chile.

Lagos archbishop urges Nigerian president to secure release of kidnapped girl

Feb 23, 2021 - 07:49 pm .- Three years after Leah Sharibu was abducted from her school in Dapchi in Yobe State within Nigeria’s Diocese of Maiduguri, the Archbishop of Lagos has called on the country’s head of state to “do all in his power … to secure her release.”

Latino Catholic entrepreneur recognized among Chicago ‘40 under 40’

Feb 23, 2021 - 07:13 pm .- “Hispanic young people are the future of this country and seeing that many are losing their Catholic faith serves as a reminder to me of how important it is to live our baptismal call, and that we must take responsibility and initiative to do something about it,” Del Real said in comments to CNA. 

Senators denounce Amazon’s removal of transgender-critical book

Feb 23, 2021 - 06:00 pm .- After a critique of the transgender movement was de-listed by Amazon this week, U.S. senators responded.

Alleged abuse victim of Brooklyn bishop files civil lawsuit

Feb 23, 2021 - 05:01 pm .- An alleged abuse victim who last year went public with allegations against the Bishop of Brooklyn has now filed a lawsuit in a New Jersey court, claiming that the bishop abused him repeatedly in the late 1970s and early 1980s. 

Democrats for Life oppose Becerra nomination

Feb 23, 2021 - 04:35 pm .- The nomination of California Attorney General Xavier Becerra for Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary has been opposed by Democrats For Life of America, which has called for his nomination to be withdrawn.

Heartbeat International prepares for 50th annual conference

Feb 23, 2021 - 03:16 pm .- The world’s largest pregnancy help organization is preparing for its 50th annual training conference, with both virtual and in-person options.

NGO names ‘Dirty Dozen’ top contributors to sexual exploitation

Feb 23, 2021 - 03:00 pm .- The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) on Tuesday announced its annual “Dirty Dozen” ranking of the top mainstream contributors to sexual exploitation.

German Catholic bishops call for change to Catechism on homosexuality

Feb 23, 2021 - 02:00 pm .- A German Catholic bishop has publicly defended his support for a book of blessings and rites for homosexual unions.

Twitter restores Irish Catholic bishop’s post on assisted suicide after review

Feb 23, 2021 - 01:00 pm .- Twitter has restored an Irish Catholic bishop’s post about assisted suicide following a review.

German bishops’ conference elects first female general secretary

Feb 23, 2021 - 12:00 pm .- The theologian Beate Gilles was elected general secretary of the German bishops’ conference on Monday, becoming the first woman to hold the post. 

Health secretary nominee grilled on partial-birth abortion, taxpayer-funded abortion

Feb 23, 2021 - 11:00 am .- President Biden’s nominee for health secretary on Tuesday would not commit to preventing federal funding of abortions, and would not say why he once opposed a partial-birth abortion ban.  

Former Vatican ambassador in Baghdad looks ahead to Pope Francis’ trip to Iraq

Feb 23, 2021 - 09:00 am .- When Cardinal Fernando Filoni served as the papal nuncio in Iraq in the early 2000s, he remained in Baghdad amid bombings and suicide attacks.

Catholic leaders urge EU to be guided by solidarity in vaccine distribution

Feb 23, 2021 - 07:05 am .- Catholic leaders in Europe have urged the European Union to be guided by solidarity, fraternity, and social justice as it distributes and administers the COVID-19 vaccine.

Pope Francis asks new bishop of divided Swiss diocese to serve for at least five years

Feb 23, 2021 - 06:00 am .- Pope Francis has asked the new bishop of a divided Swiss diocese to remain in the post for at least five years, serving beyond the customary retirement age of 75.  

Vatican archbishop celebrates 90th anniversary of Divine Mercy apparition

Feb 23, 2021 - 04:00 am .- A Vatican archbishop celebrated the 90th anniversary of the first Divine Mercy apparition on Monday in the Polish city of Płock.