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Annual March for Life goes virtual amid COVID-19, unrest at US Capitol

By Emily McFarlan Miller — January 15, 2021

(RNS) — The annual anti-abortion demonstration has brought supporters to the nation’s capital each year since the first anniversary of Roe v. Wade in 1974 to hear from speakers and march to the Supreme Court building.

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Cardinal Pell calls for more laity involvement in Vatican financial reform efforts

By Claire Giangravé — January 15, 2021

(RNS) — Lay men and women bring expertise and knowledge that the Vatican lacks, said Pope Francis’ former financial reform czar.

On his way to prison, Catholic activist advocates for COVID-19 prisoner release

By Yonat Shimron — January 12, 2021

(RNS) — Patrick O’Neill will report to a federal prison Thursday for breaking into a nuclear submarine base to protest nuclear arms. Now he’s advocating for prisoner safety during a pandemic.

Priest accused of abetting alleged sex abuse ring is hired by diocesan charity

By Claire Giangravé — January 12, 2021

(RNS) — The mother of an alleged abuse victim claims the priest broke the confidence of the confessional to warn church officials of a coming investigation.

Don’t impeach Trump. Shun him.

By Thomas Reese — January 12, 2021

(RNS) — Shunning — or its Catholic counterpart, excommunication — is the religious equivalent of amputation. It is an extreme measure to protect the community from infection.

Cardinal Parolin asked Vatican bank for loan to exit troubling London realty deal

By Claire Giangravé — January 11, 2021

(RNS) — Parolin, the Vatican’s secretary of state, said he intended to use the loan to pay off a mortgage on the property that was weighing heavily on the Vatican coffers.

Pope Francis’ personal doctor has died of COVID-19

By Claire Giangravé — January 11, 2021

(RNS) — Soccorsi was being treated for cancer at a Rome hospital when he contracted COVID-19, according to reports.

Pope Francis opens a small but significant door for women in the Church

By Claire Giangravé — January 11, 2021

VATICAN CITY (RNS) — The pope made clear, however, that the change is not a step toward women’s ordination.

Pope says women can read at Mass, but still can’t be priests

By Nicole Winfield — January 11, 2021

(RNS) — Francis amended the law to formalize and institutionalize what is common practice in many parts of the world.

Pope Francis calls for unity after ‘shocking’ Capitol attack

By Claire Giangravé — January 11, 2021

(RNS) — ‘Nothing is earned through violence, and everything is lost,’ the pontiff said, offering prayers for the five people who lost their lives during the protests.

Warnock, Biden wins give twin thrills to religious liberals

By Elana Schor — January 8, 2021

(RNS) — Warnock and Biden are in the vanguard of the Democrats’ evolution toward engagement on spiritual matters.

Catholic leaders, progressive and conservative, condemn the violence at the Capitol

By Claire Giangravé — January 7, 2021

VATICAN CITY (RNS) – ‘Those who resort to inflammatory rhetoric must accept some responsibility for inciting the increasing violence in our nation,’ said Cardinal Wilton Gregory, the archbishop of Washington.

Faith leaders react to mob at Capitol with prayers, calls for end to violence

By RNS staff — January 6, 2021

(RNS) — From prayers to calls for Trump to halt rioters, some statements react to a sign of a divided nation with cries for peace.

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