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Saying he was worried about Ukraine and how a possible Russian-Ukrainian conflict could spread, Pope Francis proclaimed Jan. 26 as a day of prayer for peace in Ukraine. more
Highlighting the importance of the Bible in the life of faith and the role of lay women and men in sharing the Gospel, Pope Francis formally installed eight men and women in the ministry of lector and eight others in the ministry of catechist. more
Speakers at the annual March for Life on Washington, D.C.’s National Mall Jan. 21 spoke of a likely tipping point in the current protest against legalized abortions in the United States, but they also urged the crowd to remain vigilant in their advocacy and support for the pro-life movement. more
Catholic lawyer Joe Donnelly of Indiana is the new U.S. ambassador to the Holy See. more
Pope Francis has officially declared St. Irenaeus of Lyon a doctor of the Church. more
All Christians are invited to pray for unity and continue to journey together, said Cardinals Mario Grech, general secretary of the Synod of the Bishops, and Cardinal Kurt Koch, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. more
God likes to intervene behind the scenes and without fanfare, always ready to help and lift people up, Pope Francis said. more
The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops urged all people of goodwill to commemorate the life and legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on the Jan. 17 holiday named for him by remembering “not only the justice he pursued, but how he pursued it.” more
Cardinal Dolan called on people to promote religious freedom as a treasured right for all Americans as the country commemorates Religious Freedom Day Jan. 16. more
The Supreme Court in a 6-3 decision Jan. 13 blocked a rule by the Biden administration that would have required employees at large businesses to show proof of a Covid-19 vaccination or wear masks and get tested each week for the coronavirus. more
The 10th annual “9 Days for Life” novena, sponsored by the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities, takes place this year from Jan. 19 to Jan. 27. more
With so many problems and challenges in the world, especially worsened by the pandemic, people can find strength and guidance in St. Joseph, Pope Francis said. more
Before baptizing 16 babies in the Sistine Chapel, Pope Francis reminded parents and godparents of their responsibility to care for and preserve the Christian identity the infants were about to receive. more
Preparations for the Holy Year 2025 have already begun, and Pope Francis has asked the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization to take charge of the efforts. more
At his celebration of Mass for the Sunday of the Word of God Jan. 23, Pope Francis will formally install new catechists and lectors—ministries open to women. more
The 49th annual national March for Life—with a rally on the National Mall and march to the Supreme Court Friday, Jan. 21—will go on as scheduled this year amid a surge in the omicron … more
During two sets of oral arguments Jan. 7, the majority of Supreme Court justices questioned the Biden administration’s requirement that large businesses need their employees to show proof of Covid-19 vaccination or be tested while they were less dubious about the requirement that most health care workers be vaccinated. more
To discriminate against or persecute those who profess their faith is an intolerable act that threatens the fraternal bonds shared by humanity, Pope Francis said. more
The 49th annual national March for Life—with a rally on the National Mall and march to the Supreme Court Jan. 21—will go on as scheduled this year amid a surge in the omicron variant in the nation’s capital. more
The attack on the U.S. Capitol Jan. 6, 2021, “represented a direct blow to the heart of American democracy,” the Vatican newspaper said. more
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