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People are sitting in the church during mass.

What does it mean to 'actively participate' in Mass?

Aug 6, 2020

By Christine Rousselle

In 1903, Pope St. Pius X wrote that it was the liturgy where the laity acquire the Christian spirit “from its foremost... Read more

The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles.

Indoor events, public Masses again suspended by California governor’s order 

Jul 14, 2020

With coronavirus cases spiking in California, the governor has issued new orders banning indoor events including public Masses in much... Read more

 The first public Mass since March takes place at St George’s Cathedral, Southwark, England, July 5, 2020.

Why some Catholic churches in England are struggling to resume public Masses

Jul 11, 2020

When the government permitted churches in England to resume public Masses July 4, Fr. Rick McGrath faced a difficult dilemma.   Read more

Bishop Edward J. Weisenburger. CNA file photo.

Tucson diocese again halts public Masses to curb rise of coronavirus cases

Jul 7, 2020

As cases of COVID-19 spike in Arizona, the Diocese of Tucson has once again suspended the public celebration of Mass... Read more

Jarek Kwiatkowski of KT Electronics tests a livestream installation at a church in Wales. Photo courtesy of KT Electronics.

Livestream installer: it’s ‘an absolute privilege’ to bring Mass to locked-down Catholics

Jun 17, 2020

When Paul Fulgoni heard the news about the coronavirus pandemic spreading across Europe, he decided that his small electronics company... Read more

Eucharistic adoration following the pope's Corpus Christi Mass June 14, 2020.

Pope Francis: The Eucharist gives us Christ's healing love

Jun 14, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Christ’s presence in the Eucharist heals wounds and transforms bitter negativity into the joy of Lord, Pope Francis said in... Read more

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CDC removes faith guidance discouraging choirs, shared cups 

May 29, 2020

The Trump administration has removed guidance on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website which discouraged, among other... Read more

Bishop Terence Drainey of Middlesbrough.

‘Dial-a-Mass’ service is a godsend for Catholics without internet

May 8, 2020

A new “dial-a-Mass” service enabling Catholics with no internet connection to listen to Sunday Masses is proving a success, an... Read more

How some parishes are slowly bringing back public Masses

May 8, 2020

By Mary Farrow

On Sunday, March 15, Nebraskans in the Diocese of Lincoln still had a choice of whether or not they wanted... Read more

Public Masses to resume in Italy from May 18

May 7, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

Dioceses in Italy can resume the celebration of public Masses beginning Monday, May 18, under conditions issued Thursday by the... Read more

Italy's bishops criticize state for keeping public Mass ban

Apr 26, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

Italy’s bishops have criticized Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte for failing to lift the ban on public Masses.  Read more

Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, says Mass in the London Oratory, July 6, 2016.

Boise bishop bans 'ad orientem' posture in 'ordinary form' Masses

Apr 1, 2020

By JD Flynn

The Bishop of Boise told priests last month that Mass in the diocese should not be celebrated in the ad... Read more

Stock image of the celebration of Mass.

Why have Mass with no one there?

Mar 18, 2020

By Christine Rousselle

With public liturgies suspended in over 100 dioceses across the United States, CNA spoke to experts about the power and... Read more

St. Peter's Square following the announcement of a confirmed Covid-19 case on March 6, 2020.

Diocese of Rome cancels all public Masses, announces day of fasting and prayer

Mar 8, 2020

By Courtney Mares

The Diocese of Rome has canceled all public Masses until April 3 in response to the coronavirus outbreak. The announcement... Read more

Cardinal Pietro Parolin in St. Peter's Basilica April 27, 2017.

Understanding the liturgy can be transformative, Cardinal Parolin says

Aug 26, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

A better understanding of the meaning and symbolic language of the Church’s liturgy, especially the Mass, will help Catholics encounter... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Corpus Christi in Ostia June 3, 2018.

Pope Francis: The Eucharist is Jesus alive

Jun 23, 2019

By Courtney Mares

On the feast of Corpus Christi, Pope Francis said that Jesus gave the Church the Eucharist for the salvation of... Read more

A Sri Lankan soldier stands guard outside St. Theresa’s church in Colombo on May 12, 2019.

Sri Lanka holds first public Masses since Easter attacks

May 13, 2019

The Sri Lankan Catholic Church on May 12 held its first public Sunday Masses since suicide bombers claimed more than... Read more

How this priest came to celebrate Mass on the set of ‘Unplanned’

Apr 3, 2019

By Jonah McKeown

When a film crew arrived in the small college town of Stillwater, Oklahoma last spring, few residents realized exactly what... Read more

Scottish bishop: Eulogies belong at the funeral reception, not Mass

Apr 3, 2019

The funeral Mass is an important moment of prayer and faith after the death of a loved one - but... Read more

Then-Deacon Michael Baggot assisting at Mass with Pope Francis June 18, 2017.

What it's like to assist at Mass with the pope

Dec 15, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

What is it like to stand “shoulder-to-shoulder” with Pope Francis during the celebration of the Mass?  Read more