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  • Buffalo diocese rebuts claims it misrepresented seminary finances
    on January 15, 2021 at 11:04 pm

    Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Jan 15, 2021 / 04:04 pm (CNA).- The Buffalo diocese has responded to claims that it misrepresented the financial state of its seminary before closing it last year.   “The seminary has had sustainability issues for a long time, and for at least over the past 15 […]

  • Lansing diocese adopts gender identity policy consistent with biological sex
    on January 15, 2021 at 10:01 pm

    CNA Staff, Jan 15, 2021 / 03:01 pm (CNA).- The Diocese of Lansing launched Friday a policy on gender identity requiring that its schools, parishes, and charities recognize persons by the biological sex with which they were born.The Jan. 15 policy aims to ensure "the highest standards of pastoral […]

  • Nine Catholic bishops with COVID-19 die in a single week
    on January 15, 2021 at 9:00 pm

    Rome Newsroom, Jan 15, 2021 / 02:00 pm (CNA).- In the past week, nine Catholic bishops have died worldwide after testing positive for COVID-19. Between Jan. 8 and Jan. 15, bishops across three continents died as a result of the coronavirus. The deceased bishops ranged in age from 53 years old […]

  • Breaking: March for Life 2021 goes virtual
    on January 15, 2021 at 8:01 pm

    Washington D.C., Jan 15, 2021 / 01:01 pm (CNA).- The 2021 March for Life will take place virtually, organizers announced Friday. The March for Life Education and Defense Fund, the organization behind the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., said the decision was made due to the ongoing […]

  • Vatican court due to hold sentence hearing for ex-Vatican bank president
    on January 15, 2021 at 8:00 pm

    Rome Newsroom, Jan 15, 2021 / 01:00 pm (CNA).- The Vatican court is due to hold a sentence hearing next week in a criminal trial against the former president of the Institute for Religious Works. Angelo Caloia, the 81-year-old ex-president of the institute commonly known as the “Vatican […]

  • Vatican ambassador Callista Gingrich has farewell meeting with Pope Francis
    on January 15, 2021 at 7:40 pm

    Vatican City, Jan 15, 2021 / 12:40 pm (CNA).- The United States ambassador to the Holy See, Callista Gingrich, met with Pope Francis Friday as she prepares to leave Rome in tandem with the end of Donald Trump’s presidency. She will leave the post Jan. 20 to return to the United States. […]

  • Rabbi: Polish Catholic Church’s Day of Judaism is a ‘holy day’
    on January 15, 2021 at 7:00 pm

    CNA Staff, Jan 15, 2021 / 12:00 pm (CNA).- The Chief Rabbi of Poland on Thursday described the Catholic Church’s annual Day of Judaism as a “holy day.” Speaking at a livestreamed press conference on Jan. 14, Rabbi Michael Schudrich expressed gratitude for the annual commemoration […]

  • Catholics remember Shahbaz Bhatti 10 years after his assassination in Pakistan
    on January 15, 2021 at 2:00 pm

    Rome Newsroom, Jan 15, 2021 / 07:00 am (CNA).- The diocese of Rome will host a memorial Mass on Friday for Servant of God Shahbaz Bhatti, a Catholic politician in Pakistan assassinated by an Islamic terrorist group 10 years ago. Bhatti served as Pakistan’s Federal Minister of […]

  • ‘This was a historic moment’: England’s personal ordinariate celebrates its 10th anniversary
    on January 15, 2021 at 12:35 pm

    CNA Staff, Jan 15, 2021 / 05:35 am (CNA).- Ten years ago today, Msgr. Keith Newton was preparing to be ordained a Catholic priest at Westminster Cathedral, the mother church of Catholics in England and Wales. It would be an ordination like no other.  The date was Jan. 15, 2011. Up until Dec. […]

  • COVID-19 outbreak at Portuguese nursing home run by religious sisters
    on January 15, 2021 at 4:22 am

    Evora, Portugal, Jan 14, 2021 / 09:22 pm (CNA).- A convent of Conceptionist Sisters in the Archdiocese of Évora, Portugal is experiencing a major COVID-19 outbreak, and the local bishop is asking for prayers for the sisters and the elderly they serve. According to a January 14 statement […]

  • Fr. James Martin connects Catholic leaders to Capitol riots; Bishop Stika unimpressed
    on January 15, 2021 at 3:42 am

    CNA Staff, Jan 14, 2021 / 08:42 pm (CNA).- Bishop Richard Stika of Nashville voiced skepticism of Father James Martin’s recent essay claiming that Catholic leaders’ criticism of President-elect Joe Biden's stance on abortion helped contribute to the conditions for the Jan. 6 riot at the […]

  • Vatican diplomat highlights growing religious intolerance
    on January 15, 2021 at 2:20 am

    Rome Newsroom, Jan 14, 2021 / 07:20 pm (CNA).- A Vatican diplomat highlighted Thursday the “ever-growing intolerance and discrimination against Christians, Jews, Muslims and members of other religions.” Addressing the permanent council of the Organization for Security and Cooperation […]

  • US bishops disagree with designation of Cuba as terrorism sponsor
    on January 15, 2021 at 1:29 am

    CNA Staff, Jan 14, 2021 / 06:29 pm (CNA).- The US bishops’ chair for international justice and peace has expressed his disagreement with the State Department’s return of Cuba to a list of state sponsors of terrorism. The decision was based in part on Cuba’s provision of haven to […]

  • Canada’s Supreme Court says archdiocese is responsible for orphanage abuse
    on January 15, 2021 at 12:47 am

    CNA Staff, Jan 14, 2021 / 05:47 pm (CNA).- Canada’s highest court has ruled that the Archdiocese of St. John’s in Newfoundland and Labrador will be responsible for Mount Cashel Orphanage child abuse lawsuits against the Congregation of Christian Brothers. On Thursday, Canada’s […]

  • What changes to the Vatican may the replacement of the Archpriest of St Peter's Basilica bring
    on January 15, 2021 at 12:45 am

    Vatican City, Jan 14, 2021 / 05:45 pm (CNA).- Pope Francis might soon choose a new Archpriest of St. Peter's Basilica, to replace Cardinal Angelo Comastri, who turned 77 in September. His replacement, according to Vatican observers, may bring a broader generational change that could involve at […]

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