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Rev. King relied on faith, prayer to fight racism, Virginia bishop says

Jan 18, 2021 News
The Rev. Martin Luther King, the slain civil rights leader who is honored with a federal holiday the third Monday of January, "relied upon faith and prayer" to combat the racism and prejudice he and other U.S. Blacks suffered, said Bishop Michael F. Burbidge of Arlington.

Rome university reverses decision to honor priest's pro-life work

Jan 15, 2021 News
For a variety of reasons, "especially in relation to the political situation" in the United States, the Legionaries of Christ university in Rome will not honor Father Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life, said the head of the university's bioethics faculty.

Irish sister, archbishop apologize for historical treatment of unwed moms

Jan 14, 2021 News
At least one order of Irish nuns and the primate of all Ireland welcomed a report from a judicial inquiry into mother-and-baby homes and acknowledged the church failed to live up to its own values.

For Ash Wednesday, Vatican asks priests to 'sprinkle' ashes on heads

Jan 13, 2021 News
The Vatican Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments asked priests to take special anti-COVID-19 precautions this year when distributing ashes on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 17, including sprinkling ashes on the top of people's heads rather than using them to make a cross on people's foreheads.

CHA letter to Biden reveals extensive list of health care priorities

Jan 12, 2021 News
The Catholic Health Association issued an extensive list of priorities it would like President-elect Joe Biden's administration to pursue.

Pope amends canon law so women can be installed as lectors, acolytes

Jan 11, 2021 News
Recognizing "the gifts of each baptized person" -- women and men -- Pope Francis ordered a change to canon law and liturgical norms so that women could be formally installed as lectors and acolytes.

Capitol invasion adds to challenges facing Biden administration

Jan 8, 2021 News
When Joe Biden takes the oath of office as president Jan. 20, he’s going to face more than political challenges of getting his legislative priorities implemented, constitutional law experts said.

After Capitol attack, leaders urge rejection of divisions that lead to violence

Jan 8, 2021 News
Rep. Chris Smith was in his office in the Rayburn House Office Building, writing remarks to endorse the election of Democrat Joe Biden to the presidency, when alarms sounded.

Assault on U.S. Capitol shocks the world

Jan 7, 2021 News
The breach of the U.S. Capitol Jan. 6 sent shock waves around the world.

Chicago Father Pfleger steps aside over allegation of abuse

Jan 7, 2021 News
Father Michael Pfleger has stepped aside from his ministry after the Chicago Archdiocese said it received an allegation that the priest had sexually abused a minor more than 40 years ago.