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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

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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

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Religious sister who treated Covid patients honored as 'Woman of Courage'

A religious sister and registered nurse who served those sick with COVID-19 in Italy has been honored by the U.S.... Read more

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Catholic women issue statement opposing use of 'abortion-tainted vaccines'

Eighty-six Catholic women from 25 countries issued a letter Monday opposing what they called “abortion-tainted” COVID-19 vaccines, and arguing Church... Read more

Vatican COVID-19 commission: Church can help combat rising violence against women

The Vatican COVID-19 Commission called on Monday for the Catholic Church and governments to increase support for women suffering from... Read more

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Catholic scholars: Covid vaccines can be received 'without fear of moral culpability' for abortion

A statement by pro-life, Catholic scholars published Friday says that the four major COVID-19 vaccines are not only acceptable to... Read more

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Christian medical groups urge conscience protections amid Covid-19 vaccination push

In a joint statement Tuesday, several Christian medical organizations highlighted the importance of conscience protections as COVID-19 vaccines are being... Read more

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USCCB: Moderna's and Pfizer's coronavirus vaccines ethically preferable to Johnson & Johnson's

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops on Tuesday reiterated the Vatican’s teaching on COVID-19 vaccines produced with the help... Read more

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Scotland’s Catholic bishops seek ‘dialogue’ over cap on worshipers when public Masses resume

Scotland’s Catholic bishops said on Monday that they plan to engage in “dialogue” with government officials over a cap on worshipers when... Read more

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Elderly religious overlooked in Belgium’s early COVID-19 vaccination programs

A body representing religious men and women has questioned the exclusion of elderly religious from the early stages of coronavirus... Read more

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House passes COVID relief, pro-life groups warn it funds abortion

The House passed a massive COVID relief bill on Friday without protections against abortion funding. Read more

Spain to permit feminist marches, while restricting worship services

While maintaining restrictions on transit, gatherings, and worship services amid the coronavirus pandemic, Spanish authorities will allow marches for International... Read more

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Catholic leaders urge EU to be guided by solidarity in vaccine distribution

Catholic leaders in Europe have urged the European Union to be guided by solidarity, fraternity, and social justice as it... Read more

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Vatican cardinal reflects on the value of penance in a time of pandemic

The penance called for in the Christian life, and accentuated during Lent, can help us make sense of the sacrifices... Read more

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Pope Francis honors sacrifice of medical workers who died in coronavirus pandemic

Pope Francis on Saturday expressed his gratitude for the sacrifice of medical workers, especially those who have died in the... Read more

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Bishops conference condemns Peru vaccine scandal

The Peruvian bishops’ conference on Thursday condemned the country’s vaccine scandal, in which hundreds of prominent figures took advantage of... Read more

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Catholic clinic in South Sudan closes temporarily as doctors test positive for Covid

A Catholic health centre of the Diocese of Wau has temporarily shut down after all three doctors at the facility... Read more

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Catholic bishops across Europe join in Lent prayer for victims of coronavirus pandemic

Catholic bishops across Europe will join together in prayer throughout Lent for victims of the coronavirus pandemic.   Read more