Vietnamese bishop: Plan for charity this Lunar New Year

CNA Staff, Jan 9, 2021 / 08:22 pm (CNA).- Inspired by Pope Francis’ message for the World Day of Peace, a Vietnamese bishop is encouraging Catholics to establish an action plan to serve people in need during the Lunar New Year. 

Bishop Stephanus Tri Buu Thien of Can Tho, a diocese in southern Vietnam, asked parishioners to offer prayers and humanitarian relief to those in poverty. 

According to UCA News, the bishop said many local Catholics are struggling financially because of the pandemic. He urged parishioners, even those who have been affected by COVID-19, to imitate the Good Samaritan and provide aid to their neighbors in poverty. 

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Wyoming legislature to re-visit ‘born-alive’ abortion bill despite 2020 veto

CNA Staff, Jan 9, 2021 / 04:51 pm (CNA).- The Wyoming legislature will again consider a bill to protect infants born alive in legal abortion attempts. Its backers say it is needed to push abortion doctors to provide health care to any baby who survives an abortion.

Deacon Mike Leman, legislative liaison for the Diocese of Cheyenne, told CNA Jan. 8 that abortion providers “aren’t confused by the euphemisms.”

“They know the law separating ‘reproductive rights’ from a crime is arbitrary right now,” he said. “We have to ask ourselves if a provider who sets out to end the life of an unborn child is suddenly capable of switching to life saving mode without clear direction to do so. Especially in a state where providers who have a history of ignoring statutes in the first place.”

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