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US bishops' conference president welcomes President Biden's call for national healing, emphasizes 'we cannot stay silent' on abortion (USCCB)

“For the nation’s bishops, the continued injustice of abortion remains the ‘preeminent priority,’” said Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles, citing the bishops’ statement on faithful citizenship. “Preeminent does not mean ‘only.’ We have deep concerns about many threats to human life and dignity in our society. But as Pope Francis teaches, we cannot stay silent when nearly a million unborn lives are being cast aside in our country year after year through abortion.”

Bishops clash over Archbishop Gomez's statement on presidential inauguration (Washington Post)

Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago strongly criticized the statement issued by Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops; other bishops praised the statement.

Ohio cathedral arson suspect, police officer killed in volley of gunfire (CNS)

Bishop Daniel Thomas of Toledo issued statements on the death of the suspect, the death of the police officer, and the vandalism and arson at Our Lady, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral.

US bishops begin novena for protection of human life (USCCB)

“I invite you to join many thousands of Catholics praying a nationwide novena from Thursday, January 21 through Friday, January 29,” Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City (Kansas), chairman of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities, said in a statement on the 2021 March for Life.

Homeless people receive Covid vaccine in the Vatican (Vatican News)

Matteo Bruni, director of the Vatican press office, said that 25 homeless people who receive regular assistance from the Office of Papal Charities were vaccinated in Paul VI Audience Hall on January 20.

Papal prayer for inhabitants of Amazon city hard hit by Covid (Vatican News)

“For the love of God, send us oxygen,” bishops in Brazil’s Amazon region pleaded in a recent statement.

Pope receives, congratulates Italian pro soccer team (Football Italia)

On January 21, Pope Francis greeted the managers and players of Spezia Calcio. “I like to see the effort of young men and women in sport, because sport is a wonder, sport brings out all the best that we have inside,” the Pope said.

Papal appeal to nations to work toward elimination of nuclear weapons (Vatican News)

86 states have signed, and 51 have ratified, the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, which enters into force on January 22. “This is the first legally binding international instrument explicitly prohibiting these weapons, whose indiscriminate use would impact a huge number of people in a short time and would cause long-lasting damage to the environment,” the Pope said following his January 20 general audience. “I strongly encourage all States and all people to work decisively toward promoting conditions necessary for a world without nuclear weapons.”

Papal prayer, solidarity following Madrid explosion (Vatican Press Office)

The explosion, caused by a gas leak, has left at least three dead and 11 injured.

Central American bishops: Respect the human rights of the thousands fleeing Honduras (Vatican News)

“We recognize and respect the legitimate right to sovereignty of the countries involved in the transit of these migrants,” the Episcopal Secretariat for Central America (SEDAC) said in its Spanish-language statement. “In the name of political charity promoted by Pope Francis, we ask that their human rights not be violated and that there be a deeply humanitarian attitude toward them regardless of their migratory status.”