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The nave of St. Casimir Church in Buffalo, New York.

Historic New York church with link to John Paul II struggles to stay open

Apr 21, 2024

By Daniel Payne

Supporters of St. Casimir in the Buffalo Diocese are launching efforts to preserve the historic church and its worship community. Read more

The exterior of St. Joseph's in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

‘It’s a minor miracle’: Parishioners purchase historic church from Pennsylvania diocese 

Mar 23, 2024

By Daniel Payne

The Society of St. Joseph of Bethlehem in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, announced earlier this month that the society had purchased the... Read more

A Dutch church closed because of the global Coronavirus pandemic.

COVID on the rise again: Which states now protect churches from closure?

Sep 15, 2023

By Jonah McKeown, Zelda Caldwell

CNA compiled data on which states now protect houses of worship as “essential” and which do not. Check out our... Read more

The Vatican on April 2, 2022, announced that Pope Francis had appointed Father Earl K. Fernandes to be the next bishop of the Diocese of Columbus, Ohio.

Columbus Diocese to close 15 churches; bishop calls for stronger Catholic engagement

May 26, 2023

By Kevin J. Jones

As part of a parish reorganization and merger plan, Bishop Earl K. Fernandes spoke of new possibilities for growth. Read more

Santa Cruz Chapel on Murdjajou mount in Oran, Algeria.

Religious freedom advocates warn that church closures are ‘wrong direction’ for Algeria

Jun 30, 2021

By ACI Africa

The closure of several Christian churches in Algeria, as well as court convictions of Christians for undermining Muslim beliefs, are... Read more

Texas state capitol

Texas governor signs 'trigger' abortion ban

Jun 22, 2021

By CNA Staff

The governor of Texas signed two bills last week, to prevent the future closure of churches during disasters and to... Read more

Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia speaks to members of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Region III during their �ad Limina Apostolorum� visit, at the Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls in Rome, on Nov. 27, 2019.

Archbishop Chaput: Some Catholic bishops were “too compliant” with pandemic restrictions

Jun 3, 2021

The Archbishop Emeritus of Philadelphia last week said that some Catholic bishops were “too compliant” with state and local restrictions... Read more

Former altar boy buys Akron church: ‘I’ll make sure it’s still taken care of’

May 4, 2021

By Jonah McKeown

A former altar boy with close family ties to a former Catholic parish in Akron, Ohio, now has a different... Read more

St. Mark's Church Woodhouse. Wikimedia Commons.

Pope sends message to conference on closed churches

Nov 29, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis wrote in his 2015 encyclical, Laudato si, that, “by learning to see and appreciate beauty, we learn to... Read more

The now closed St. Francis X. Cabrini Church in Scituate, Mass. pictured in May 2015. Photo by Christopher S. Pineo/The Pilot.

Group to end 12-year vigil at closed Massachusetts church

May 18, 2016

Former parishioners occupying the long-closed St. Frances X. Cabrini Church in Scituate, Massachusetts say they plan to end their continuous... Read more