‘9 Days for Life’ novena for the protection of human life set for Jan. 21-29
Pro-life advocates gather near the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington Jan. 19, 2018. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn)

‘9 Days for Life’ novena for the protection of human life set for Jan. 21-29

Each day's intercession is accompanied by prayers, a short reflection, and suggested actions for novena participants to help build a culture of life.

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Leaders of both parties join Biden, Harris for Mass of thanksgiving
President-elect Joe Biden and his wife, Jill Biden, attend Mass at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington Jan. 20, 2021, before his presidential inauguration. (CNS photo/Tom Brenner, Reuters)

Leaders of both parties join Biden, Harris for Mass of thanksgiving

Biden, the second Catholic president in U.S. history, was joined by House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, and others

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USCCB president, pope, members of Nashville Diocese offer prayers for President Biden
Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th president of the United States by Chief Justice John Roberts as Biden's wife, Jill, holds the family Bible during his inauguration at the Capitol in Washington Jan. 20, 2021. (CNS photo/Andrew Harnik, pool via Reuters)

USCCB president, pope, members of Nashville Diocese offer prayers for President Biden

“Regardless of political affiliation, we as Catholics believe in the miraculous power of prayer”

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At national memorial, Cardinal Gregory prays for all who died of COVID-19
The U.S. Capitol is seen reflected at the reflecting pool at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington Jan. 19, 2021, after President-elect Joe Biden hosted a memorial honoring those who died from the coronavirus disease. (CNS photo/Callaghan O'Hare, Reuters)

At national memorial, Cardinal Gregory prays for all who died of COVID-19

The pre-inauguration service included prayer, music, lighting of the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool with 400 lights in honor of lives lost in the pandemic.

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Heavy security in D.C., ongoing pandemic mean March for Life will be virtual
People walk up Constitution Avenue headed toward the U.S. Supreme Court while participating in the 47th annual March for Life in Washington Jan. 24, 2020. The 2021 March for Life in Washington will be held virtually because of the coronavirus pandemic and ongoing political unrest in the nation's capital. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn)

Heavy security in D.C., ongoing pandemic mean March for Life will be virtual

There will only be a small in-person presence this year; other events will happen in state capitols around the country, including Nashville

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‘In the spirit of Rev. King, we must meet the forces of hate and ignorance with the power of love,’ says USCCB president
The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. smiles during a talk with U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson, not pictured, in this undated photo. Pope Francis paid tribute to the activist's vision in a message to a conference organized by the Rev. Bernice King, youngest daughter of the slain civil rights leader. (CNS photo/Yoichi Okamoto, courtesy LBJ Library)

‘In the spirit of Rev. King, we must meet the forces of hate and ignorance with the power of love,’ says USCCB president

“This year as we commemorate the legacy of this great American, we remember especially Rev. King’s belief in nonviolence,” Archbishop Gomez wrote.

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Popes Francis, Benedict receive their first doses of COVID-19 vaccine
Health care workers prepare doses of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 at a vaccination center in Naples, Italy, Jan. 8, 2021. (CNS photo/Ciro De Luca, Reuters)

Popes Francis, Benedict receive their first doses of COVID-19 vaccine

Pope Francis encouraged everyone who could get the vaccine to do so to protect themselves and others.

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Federal government executes first woman in nearly 70 years
Sister Helen Prejean, a Sister of St. Joseph of Medaille, is seen in Anaheim, Calif., in this 2016 file photo. She and other opponents of the death penalty spoke out against the May 19, 2020, execution of Walter Barton in Missouri, citing evidence of his innocence. (CNS photo/J.D. Long-Garcia, The Tidings) See DEATH-PENALTY-MISSOURI May 20, 2020.

Federal government executes first woman in nearly 70 years

“It is long past time to abolish the death penalty from our state and federal laws,” USCCB chairmen said in a statement.

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Pope amends canon law so women can be installed as lectors, acolytes
A lector delivers a reading during Mass at a church in Ronkonkoma, N.Y., Aug. 20, 2014. Pope Francis ordered a change to the Code of Canon Law so that women may be formally instituted as lectors and acolytes. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz)

Pope amends canon law so women can be installed as lectors, acolytes

This formalizes the practice that most dioceses around the world have permitted for decades, that women and girls can read and serve at Mass.

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USCCB president offers prayers for nation after Trump supporters breach U.S. Capitol
Law enforcement officers scuffle with supporters of President Donald Trump attempting to breach security barriers at the U.S. Capitol in Washington Jan. 6, 2021, during a protest against Congress certifying the 2020 presidential election. (CNS photo/Jim Urquhart, Reuters)

USCCB president offers prayers for nation after Trump supporters breach U.S. Capitol

The archbishop stressed that in this “troubling moment, we must recommit ourselves to the values and principles of our democracy”

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