Participants in a Jan. 14 webinar sponsored by the Institute for Human Ecology at The Catholic University of America discussed concerns raised by some over a fetal cell line being used in some phases of COVID-19 vaccine development but concluded the cell line is probably sufficiently removed from the "original evil" to ameliorate Catholic apprehensions.
It may seem illogical, but Christians are called to give God praise -- not complaints -- in times of darkness and difficulty, Pope Francis said.
The Vatican began vaccinating its employees and residents against COVID-19 Jan. 13, giving priority to its health care workers, security personnel, employees who deal with the public and older residents, employees and retirees. Both Pope Francis and retired Pope Benedict XVI said they planned to receive the vaccine.
Praising those who help the sick and praying for those who are sick, Pope Francis called on Christians to practice what they preach, including by guaranteeing equal access to health care for all people.
There is no example in American history of a U.S. president inciting violence against American institutions or fellow citizens in the manner that President Donald Trump seemingly did on Jan. 6 when an angry mob stormed the U.S. Capitol, according to a historian at The Catholic University of America.
For two Washington-area priests, the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol hit particularly close to home, because they serve as pastors of Capitol Hill parishes in Washington.
Pope Francis offered prayers for the people of the United States "shaken by the recent siege on Congress" and prayed for the five people who lost their lives "in those dramatic moments" when protesters stormed the Capitol Jan. 6.
Pope Francis ordered a change to canon law and liturgical norms so that women could be formally installed as lectors and acolytes.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi referenced the Epiphany, St. Francis of Assisi, and also uttered a prayer as the House of Representatives reconvened the night of Jan. 6 to confirm the Electoral College win of President-elect Biden in the November presidential election.
The reaction to the violent invasion of the House and Senate chambers by supporters of President Trump on Jan. 6 paralleled initial public response to the horror of 9/11. There was a numbing shock followed by anger and grief, and a search for anything that might be a solution.