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Staircase at the Vatican Museums on Nov. 12, 2015.

Vatican Museums to reopen with strict new measures in May

The Vatican Museums are planning to reopen to the public next month with strict new COVID-19 measures. Read more

Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Square on Oct. 22, 2016. Credit: Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk.

Pope Francis calls for global COVID-19 recovery plan in message to World Bank and IMF

Pope Francis said there is “an urgent need” for a plan that can “create new or regenerate existing institutions, particularly... Read more

Sainte-Eugène-Sainte-Cécile church in Paris, France.

Paris archbishop opens canonical proceedings against parish over maskless Masses

Archbishop Michel Aupetit’s decision was made public the day after Paris police opened an investigation into the parish. Read more

Irish High Cross at the Rock of Cashel in Co. Tipperary, Ireland. Credit: Marie-Lise Van Wassenhove via Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0).

Religious leaders in N Ireland hopeful for more in-person services 

With public religious services resuming in Northern Ireland, leaders have welcomed the return to worship and emphasized the dangers of... Read more

A gathering of the Neocatechumenal Way

Kiko Argüello discharged from hospital to recover from Covid at home

Kiko Argüello, 82, who co-founded the Neocatechumenal Way, was discharged from the hospital Tuesday and will continue to recover from... Read more

Bishop Conley distributes Communion during his Mass of Installation as Bishop of Lincoln, Nov. 20, 2012. Credit: Seth DeMoor/CNA.

Nebraska dioceses to restore Sunday Mass obligation in May

The bishops of the three local Churches in Nebraska will each restore the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and... Read more

Police halt a Good Friday liturgy at Christ the King Church in Balham, London, England, April 2, 2021

Polish Catholic parish in London: Police ‘grossly exceeded powers’ in halting Good Friday service

A Polish Catholic parish in London, England, has said it believes that police “grossly exceeded their powers” when they halted... Read more

Jersey parish reverses vaccine mandate for confessions

A parish in the Diocese of Trenton will no longer restrict the Sacrament of Confession to those who are vaccinated,... Read more

Pope Francis gives an extraordinary Urbi et Orbi blessing from the entrance of St. Peter’s Basilica March 27, 2020

Book marks 1st anniversary of Pope Francis’ Urbi et Orbi blessing as pandemic swept world

The Vatican Dicastery for Communication has released a book marking the first anniversary of Pope Francis’ extraordinary “Urbi et Orbi”... Read more

Irish diocese delays First Communions until autumn over Covid concerns

The Diocese of Derry has announced that First Communions, customarily held in spring, will be postponed so as to discourage... Read more

Canon Tom White, who is challenging Scotland's ban on public worship.

‘I’m overjoyed’: Catholic priest wins legal challenge to blanket ban on public worship

A Catholic priest has expressed joy after Scotland’s supreme civil court ruled that a blanket ban on public worship is... Read more

German Catholic leader criticizes request to halt public worship in Holy Week

Germany’s leading Catholic bishop has criticized a request to halt public worship during a “hard lockdown” from Holy Thursday to... Read more

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Police in Ireland fine Catholic priest for offering public Masses

Police in Ireland have fined a Catholic priest for celebrating public Masses amid a nationwide lockdown. Read more

Irish flag.

Police in Ireland fine Catholic priest for offering public Masses

Police in Ireland have fined a Catholic priest for celebrating public Masses amid a nationwide lockdown. Read more

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Catholic scientists, journalists create COVID-19 info group

An international group of Catholic media professionals and scientists have founded a new organization to help counter misinformation about the... Read more

Our Lady of Fatima.

Annual Fatima pilgrimage to be virtual due to pandemic

The Bishop of Leiria-Fátima, António Cardinal dos Santos Marto, announced that the 2021 pilgrimage to Fatima will take place virtually... Read more

Archbishop Charles J. Scicluna.

Catholic Church in Malta suspends public Mass through Easter Octave

The Archdiocese of Malta and the Diocese of Gozo have suspended the celebration of public Masses through April 11, the... Read more

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Theologian: Catholics must also consider the 'justice' of COVID-19 vaccine

Catholic bishops and prominent theologians and ethicists say that although there is not an obligation to receive a COVID vaccine,... Read more

Vaccine.

Canada's bishops: Choose Covid vaccines with least connection to abortion, when possible

The Catholic bishops of Canada wrote this week on whether certain COVID-19 vaccines are morally preferable for Catholics, if given... Read more

Canon Tom White, who is challenging Scotland's ban on public worship.

Catholic priest pursues challenge as Scottish government sets new date to lift public worship ban

A Catholic priest will proceed with a challenge to the Scottish government’s ban on public worship despite an announcement that... Read more