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  • San Francisco archdiocese hosting webinar on future of the pro-life movement
    on January 21, 2021

    CNA Staff, Jan 21, 2021 / 12:45 am (CNA).- As the United States undergoes a transition in leadership, the Archdiocese of San Francisco will host a webinar this week discussing the future of the pro-life movement. The webinar takes place on Jan. 22 with Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco; Marjorie Dannenfelser, founder and president of the Susan B Anthony List; and Charles Camosy, associate professor of theological and social ethics at Fordham University. Moderated by J. A. Gray, a former editor at First Things and New Oxford Review, the webinar will discuss how the pro-life cause will move forward in 2021. “I think this will be a very lively and inspiring webinar – a […]

  • White House won't give plans on Hyde Amendment, Mexico City Policy
    on January 21, 2021

    Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Jan 20, 2021 / 06:45 pm (CNA).- Washington, D.C.—President Joe Biden’s press secretary would not say on Wednesday evening what the administration will do with current safeguards against taxpayer funding of abortions.   When asked by Owen Jensen of EWTN News what President Biden plans to do regarding the Hyde Amendment and the Mexico City Policy, White House press secretary Jen Psaki did not give any details of plans, in a Wednesday press briefing on the first day of Biden’s presidency.   “Well, I think we’ll have more to say on the Mexico City Policy in the coming days,” Psaki said, before adding that Biden is a “devout Catholic.”   “But […]

  • In unprecedented move, Cardinal Cupich criticizes USCCB statement on Biden
    on January 21, 2021

    CNA Staff, Jan 20, 2021 / 05:04 pm (CNA).- Cardinal Blase Cupich, archbishop of Chicago, used Twitter to issue a scathing criticism of the USCCB’s official statement on the inauguration of President Joe Biden. In his four-part Twitter thread on Wednesday, Cardinal Cupich said that “the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops issued an ill-considered statement on the day of President Biden’s inauguration. Aside from the fact that there is seemingly no precedent for doing so, the statement, critical of President Biden, came as a surprise to many bishops, who received it just hours before it was released.” “The statement was crafted without the involvement of the Administrative […]

  • Novena, day of prayer counter abortion with culture of life
    by Gina Christian (Catholic Philly) on January 20, 2021

    As the nation marks nearly five decades of legalized abortion, Archbishop Nelson Pérez is inviting faithful to join two national prayer initiatives to protect human life.

  • Knights of Columbus affirm Archbishop Gomez' 'balanced and prophetic statement' on inauguration
    on January 20, 2021

    CNA Staff, Jan 20, 2021 / 03:51 pm (CNA).- The head of the Knights of Columbus on Wednesday expressed gratitude for the “balanced and prophetic” statement issued by the US bishops’ conference on the presidential inauguration of Joe Biden. Supreme Knight Carl Anderson said Jan. 20 that the Knights are “grateful to Archbishop Gómez and the leadership of the USCCB for their balanced and prophetic statement about the teaching of the Church in relation to the issues that we face in our country.” “In its fidelity to the Gospel, the Church must always promote unity rooted in the Truth. We commend the Archbishop’s hope for working with the new Administration and support his clear […]

  • Pope Francis congratulates Italian soccer team on win against Roma
    on January 20, 2021

    Rome Newsroom, Jan 20, 2021 / 01:00 pm (CNA).- Pope Francis met on Wednesday with players of the northern Italian soccer club Spezia after they eliminated the fourth-seeded A.S. Roma from the country’s annual cup competition. “First of all, congratulations, because yesterday you were good. Congratulations!” the pope told them at an audience in the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace on Jan. 20. Spezia Calcio, a professional soccer club based in the town of La Spezia, joined the top Italian league Serie A for the first time in its history in 2020. The 13th-seeded Spezia’s 4-2 win on Tuesday in the Coppa Italia against Roma -- one of Rome’s two big clubs -- puts them in next […]

  • Exhaustion meets new beginnings
    by CatholicPhilly MG (Catholic Philly) on January 20, 2021

    Whether in the White House or Congress, churches or schools, offices or businesses, homes or in public, this is a time for Catholics to instill hope inspired in the best of our faith, writes Hosffman Ospino.

  • President Biden’s top priority must be healing
    by CatholicPhilly MG (Catholic Philly) on January 20, 2021

    Our new president would do well not to rescind the Mexico City policy or push regulations that would require religious organizations to offer contraceptive coverage to their employees, argues a guest editorial.

  • Catholic leaders respond to Biden’s call for unity
    on January 20, 2021

    Washington D.C., Jan 20, 2021 / 12:30 pm (CNA).- Catholic leaders responded to new President Joe Biden’s call for national unity in his inaugural address on Wednesday.    Biden, the second Catholic to become president of the United States, said on Wednesday that “to restore the soul and secure the future of America requires so much more than words,” and added that “it requires the most elusive of all things in a democracy, unity. Unity.”   Biden also quoted St. Augustine to underline the need for unity in truth.   “Many centuries ago, St. Augustine, a saint in my Church, wrote that a people was a multitude defined by the common objects of their love,” he said. These […]

  • Chaldean Catholics in Iraq praying that pope visit will be possible
    by CatholicPhilly MG (Catholic Philly) on January 20, 2021

    Despite security concerns and questions about the making such a trip in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Catholics in Iraq are praying and hoping the planned March visit will occur.

  • Cardinal Pell: Vatican financial reform making ‘massive’ progress
    by CatholicPhilly MG (Catholic Philly) on January 20, 2021

    Pope Francis' efforts to reform the Vatican's finances, such as removing financial assets from the control of the Secretariat of State, would bring much-needed accountability, said the former prefect of the Vatican Secretariat for the Economy.

  • Christians must show world what journey to unity looks like, pope says
    by CatholicPhilly MG (Catholic Philly) on January 20, 2021

    Pope Francis said unity requires prayer, love and fighting the devil, who always sows division. God, on the other hand, "has another way. He takes us as we are, different, sinners and always nudges us toward unity."

  • Pope urges nations to create a world free from nuclear arms
    by CatholicPhilly MG (Catholic Philly) on January 20, 2021

    Marking the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons coming into force Jan. 22, Pope Francis urged nations to work toward a world free from nuclear arms. More than 13,000 such weapons are held by nine countries.

  • Biden’s inaugural address calls for Americans to work for unity
    by CatholicPhilly MG (Catholic Philly) on January 20, 2021

    In his inaugural address Jan. 20, President Joe Biden said he is committed with his "whole soul" to bring the United States together, and he pleaded with Americans to similarly take up this cause.

  • Bishops offer prayers for Biden on Inauguration Day
    on January 20, 2021

    Washington D.C., Jan 20, 2021 / 11:50 am (CNA).- As Joe Biden took office as the 46th president of the United States on Wednesday, individual U.S. bishops offered statements of prayer and congratulations.   Cardinal Timothy Dolan of the Archdiocese of New York tweeted, “Today of all days, we're one nation under God. In God we trust. We pray with and for President [Joe Biden] and ask that the Holy Spirit bring him wisdom and guidance.”     Today of all days, we're one nation under God. In God we trust. We pray with and for President @JoeBiden and ask that the Holy Spirit bring him wisdom and guidance. pic.twitter.com/d8NBqVXvPr — Cardinal Dolan (@CardinalDolan) January 20, […]

  • Pope prays Biden works to heal divisions, promote human dignity
    by CatholicPhilly MG (Catholic Philly) on January 20, 2021

    Pope Francis prayed that God would guide President Biden's "efforts to foster understanding, reconciliation and peace" in the U.S. "and among the nations of the world in order to advance the universal common good."

  • USCCB president prays God grants Biden ‘wisdom, courage’ to lead nation
    by CatholicPhilly MG (Catholic Philly) on January 20, 2021

    As Joe Biden prepared to be inaugurated as the 46th U.S. president, Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles, hoped the incoming administration "will work with the church" to address the "factors that are driving abortion and discouraging families."

  • Full text: Fr. Leo J. O'Donovan Inauguration Day invocation prayer at the US Capitol
    on January 20, 2021

    CNA Staff, Jan 20, 2021 / 11:30 am (CNA).- The inauguration ceremony of President Joe Biden started with an invocation prayer delivered by Catholic priest Leo J. O'Donovan, Jesuit, a former Georgetown University President. Here is the full text of this invocation prayer: Gracious and merciful God, at this sacred time we come before you in need - indeed on our knees. But we come still more with hope, and with our eyes raised anew to the vision of a "more perfect union" in our land, a union of all our citizens to "promote the general welfare and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity." We are a people of many races, creeds and colors, national backgrounds, cultures […]

  • Pope Francis prays Biden will respect 'dignity of every person' in inauguration message
    on January 20, 2021

    Vatican City, Jan 20, 2021 / 11:11 am (CNA).- In a message to Joe Biden on inauguration day, Pope Francis said he is praying the new United States president will make decisions which respect the rights and dignity of every person, especially the poor and most vulnerable. “At a time when the grave crises facing our human family call for farsighted and united responses, I pray that your decisions will be guided by a concern for building a society marked by authentic justice and freedom, together with unfailing respect for the rights and dignity of every person, especially the poor, the vulnerable and those who have no voice,” the pope said Jan. 20. Biden, a Catholic, was sworn into […]

  • Archbishop Cordileone prays for Biden, states his support for USCCB president
    on January 20, 2021

    San Francisco, Calif., Jan 20, 2021 / 10:47 am (CNA).- The Archbishop of San Francisco on Wednesday stated his support for the U.S. bishops’ conference (USCCB) president, who had noted areas of collaboration and concern with incoming President Joe Biden.   In a prepared statement that was not released on Wednesday morning as scheduled--but published later in the day after the inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States--USCCB president Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles prayed for Biden. He noted areas of both agreement and disagreement between the bishops and Biden, who is Catholic.   According to sources at the conference, figures within the conference […]

  • Second federal court strikes down transgender mandate
    on January 20, 2021

    Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Jan 20, 2021 / 07:55 am (CNA).- A federal court struck down the transgender mandate on Tuesday, the eve of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration. The mandate that doctors perform gender-transition surgeries upon the referral of a mental health professional—despite objections that the doctor may have to the procedure—dates back to the Obama administration.   On Tuesday evening, Judge Peter Welte of the Eastern District of North Dakota granted Catholic groups that challenged the mandate permanent injunctive relief from having to provide or cover gender-transition procedures.   Luke Goodrich, VP and senior counsel at Becket, which represented the […]

  • UPDATED: US bishops release prepared statement on Biden inauguration
    on January 20, 2021

    Washington D.C., Jan 20, 2021 / 07:04 am (CNA).- After initially withholding from publication a prepared statement on Joe Biden's inauguration as president, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) eventually released the statement early Wednesday afternoon. Although it was expected to be released at 9 a.m. Eastern time Wednesday, the statement was not published by the bishops' conference at that time. According to The Pillar, Vatican Secretariat of State officials stepped in to prevent its publication. CNA published the prepared remarks when the 9 a.m. embargo lifted. The conference published the full statement shortly after noon. “Our commitments on issues of human sexuality […]

  • Pandemic forces changes to Roman Curia’s annual Lenten retreat
    on January 20, 2021

    Vatican City, Jan 20, 2021 / 06:30 am (CNA).- Pope Francis has asked members of the Roman Curia to make their own arrangements for a private retreat at the beginning of Lent this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.  The pope typically spends five days on retreat together with members of the Roman Curia participating in Lenten spiritual exercises. For the past seven years, the retreat has taken place in a retreat house in the town of Ariccia in the Alban Hills southeast of Rome, although the pope was unable to participate in 2020 due to a cold. A statement from the Holy See Press Office on Jan. 20 said that the retreat would not take place in Ariccia this year due to “the current […]

  • Pope Francis: Ask God for unity to ‘overcome scandal of division’ among Christians
    on January 20, 2021

    Vatican City, Jan 20, 2021 / 05:00 am (CNA).- Pope Francis urged Christians to pray for “the gift of unity” on Wednesday, saying that the devil always seeks to sow division and discord. “During this time of serious hardship, this prayer is even more necessary so that unity might prevail over conflicts. It is urgent that we set aside preferences to promote the common good, and so our good example is fundamental: it is essential that Christians pursue the path toward full visible unity,” Pope Francis said in his general audience address on Jan. 20. “The world will not believe because we will have convinced it with good arguments, but because we will have borne witness to that […]

  • Court: Vermont can’t exclude Catholic school student from college tuition program
    on January 20, 2021

    Denver Newsroom, Jan 20, 2021 / 12:23 am (CNA).- A federal court of appeals has sided with a Catholic high school student who challenged a State of Vermont policy that excludes students at private religious secondary schools from a no-cost college credit program. “Today’s decision levels the playing field by ensuring that Vermont parents and students who have chosen a faith-based education can enjoy the same publicly available opportunities as their neighbors,” Jake Warner, legal counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, said Jan. 19. Amy Hester, a senior at Rice Memorial High School in South Burlington, is a plaintiff in the case with her parents and the Catholic Diocese of […]

  • This pro-life Democrat is worried about the next Catholic president
    on January 19, 2021

    Denver Newsroom, Jan 19, 2021 / 03:00 pm (CNA).- A former U.S. representative who was known as one of the last standing pro-life Democrats in Congress said he is worried about the example a Catholic president who is also pro-abortion will have on young Catholics.  “I'm afraid that there's a lot of talk about Joe Biden being our second Catholic president,” said Dan Lipinski, a former U.S. representative for the third district of Illinois, on the southwest side of Chicago. “It's going to be very clear early on if he does move on the executive orders, with respect to abortion, that's going to be very problematic, especially as a Catholic.” President-elect Joe Biden is expected to […]

  • As March for Life goes virtual, U.S. bishops call Catholics to prayer instead
    on January 19, 2021

    Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Jan 19, 2021 / 02:50 pm (CNA).- After the national March for Life announced last week it would be taking place virtually, the U.S. bishops’ pro-life chair has exhorted Catholics to prayer instead. “Peaceful prayer and witness must and will continue this year—just in a different format,” Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ pro-life committee, stated on Tuesday. The archbishop encouraged Catholics who originally planned to attend the national March for Life in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 29, to instead unite in prayer beginning on Thursday, Jan. 21, the eve of the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision and the Day of […]

  • Archbishop of Washington prays for COVID victims at Lincoln Memorial
    on January 19, 2021

    Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Jan 19, 2021 / 02:30 pm (CNA).- The Archbishop of Washington prayed for all victims of the COVID-19 pandemic at a national memorial service on Tuesday evening.   “We turn to the Lord of all to receive these, our sisters and brothers, into eternal peace, and to comfort all those who grieve the loss of a loved one,” Cardinal Wilton Gregory of Washington, D.C. prayed at the at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., appearing alongside President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.   “We do so not as strangers or disinterested persons, but as fellow citizens who share some limited portion of their grief and sorrow,” Cardinal Gregory […]

  • Connecticut assisted suicide bill would not safeguard against coercion, opponents say
    on January 19, 2021

    Hartford, Conn., Jan 19, 2021 / 02:01 pm (CNA).- Disability advocates criticized a Connecticut assisted suicide bill for failing to safeguard against coercion and for promoting the idea that the terminally ill are a burden on their caregivers. “No amount of safeguards can counter the social stigma of needing help with intimate care, of having to rely on others for support, of seeing your caregivers are tired, and wondering whether the world would be better off without you,” Cathy Ludlum told the Hartford Courant. Ludlum is the leader of Second Thoughts Connecticut, a group of disability advocates who oppose assisted suicide. She added that the timing of the bill was suspect, as […]

  • Presidential Inaugural Committee facilitates donations to Planned Parenthood
    on January 19, 2021

    Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Jan 19, 2021 / 01:55 pm (CNA).- The Presidential Inaugural Committee is facilitating donations to Planned Parenthood, encouraging supporters to sponsor American flags on the National Mall in the name of unity.   Through the committee’s “America United” program around the Jan. 20 Presidential Inauguration, supporters of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris are encouraged to become a “symbolic sponsor” of the “Field of Flags” on the National Mall; they can do so by donating to a number of groups including Planned Parenthood.   “At a time when Americans cannot gather together in person for the inauguration, the PIC […]