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January 11, 2021
Courtney Mares/CNA
In the motu proprio “Spiritus Domini,” issued on Jan. 11, the pope changed canon 230 § 1 of the Code of Canon Law to read: “Lay people who have the age and skills determined by decree of the Episcopal Conference, they can be permanently assumed, through the established liturgical rite, to the ministries of lectors and of acolytes; however this contribution does not give them the right to support or to remuneration by the Church.”
January 11, 2021
Christopher Altieri
Pope Francis also discussed the increasingly diffuse social tendency to judge persons’ worth on the basis of “productivity” and to discard anyone “unproductive” – especially the sick, the elderly, and the unborn – a tendency he identifies as the chief characteristic of the “throwaway” culture.
January 10, 2021
Christopher Altieri
"I urge [government] authorities and the entire population to maintain a high sense of responsibility," Pope Francis said Sunday, "in order to soothe tempers, promote national reconciliation, and protect the democratic values rooted in American society."
January 10, 2021
Staff Reporter
Houses of worship in England and Wales remain open, but several churches across denominations have taken the decision not to meet. "Catholic parishes," said Cardinal Nichols last week, "will continue to serve the needs of their local community."
January 09, 2021
Staff Reporter
Speaking to Mediaset Tg5 journalist Fabio Marchese Ragona, in an interview that will air in its entirety on Sunday evening at 20:40 CET on the Italian network, Pope Francis said: "I believe that, ethically, everyone must take the vaccine." 
January 09, 2021
Staff Reporter
"Even in the most mature realities," Pope Francis went on to say, "there’s something that isn't right -- something that causes people to take to the streets against the community, against democracy, against the common good."
January 09, 2021
Staff Reporter
In an interview with Vatican News, Archbishop Nugent discussed his experience in Haiti and the significance of his new assignment, especially insofar as the Pope's commitment to interreligious dialogue is concerned.
January 09, 2021
Staff Reporter
Powerful aftershocks have continued to rock central Croatia after the earthquake on 29 December, which struck roughly 30 miles southeast of Zagreb and measured 6.4 on the Richter scale.
January 08, 2021
Staff Reporter
Bishop Joseph Toal of Motherwell, Scotland, says the severity of the situation warrants emergency measures.
January 08, 2021
Staff Reporter
London Mayor Sadiq Khan declared a “major incident” on Friday, and has asked Prime Minister Boris Johnson for extraordinary powers to powers to close places of worship and make masks mandatory even in crowded spaces outdoors.
January 08, 2021
CNA Staff
Bishop Alfonso Miranda Guardiola said that the Mexican bishops “regret the events and the deaths occurred at the United States Capitol," and added that “democracy and the rule of law need to prevail over the acts of violence.”
January 08, 2021
CNA Staff
In a setback for pro-life legislative efforts, a three-judge panel of the 8th U.S Circuit Court of Appeals sided with a lower district court’s 2019 ruling blocking Arkansas measures. The panel upheld injunctions against two laws on the grounds that they would create a legal barrier to abortion before the viability of the unborn child, about 24 weeks into pregnancy.