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The motherhouse of the Adrian Dominican Sisters in Adrian, Mich. Photo courtesy of the Diocese of Lansing.

Michigan diocese mourns as nine nuns die from coronavirus

The Diocese of Lansing offered its condolences and prayerful support after the coronavirus hit a religious retirement home this month... Read more

Funeral of Dr. Fabrizio Soccorsi Jan. 26, 2021. Credit: Vatican Media/CNA.

Pope Francis attends Vatican funeral of his personal physician

Pope Francis on Tuesday afternoon attended the Vatican funeral of his personal doctor, Fabrizio Soccorsi, who died earlier this month.  Read more

The flag of California.

Appeals court rules on California churches that challenged Covid restrictions

An appeals court last week ruled for a second time against a California church which challenged the state’s rules barring... Read more

Norberto Cardinal Rivera Carrera, Archbishop Emeritus of Mexico. Credit: SIAME.

Mexico archdiocese denies claim it has abandoned ill former archbishop

Carlos Cardinal Aguiar Retes of Mexico denied this week that his archdiocese has incurred “material and spiritual abandonment” of his... Read more

The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal.

Portugal’s Catholic bishops suspend public Masses amid rising COVID-19 cases

Public Masses will be suspended in Portugal from Saturday, the country’s bishops have announced.  Read more

Papal almoner Cardinal Konrad Krajewski with homeless people awaiting vaccinations in the atrium of the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican Jan. 20, 2021. Credit: Vatican Media.

Vatican begins vaccinating homeless people in its care against COVID-19

The Vatican began on Wednesday vaccinating homeless people in its care against COVID-19.  Read more

Catholic leaders in Brazil ask for more oxygen tanks due to decreasing supplies

As the second wave of coronavirus has severely impacted people in the Amazon, Brazilian bishops have asked for donations of... Read more

Cardinal Eusébio Oscar Scheid, the former archbishop of Rio de Janeiro. Credit: Gblobato via Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 4.0).

Nine Catholic bishops with COVID-19 die in a single week

In the past week, nine Catholic bishops have died worldwide after testing positive for COVID-19. Read more

The 45th annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., Jan. 19, 2018.

Breaking: March for Life 2021 goes virtual

The 2021 March for Life will take place virtually, organizers announced Friday.  Read more

The modern Bramante Staircase in the Vatican Museums, pictured Nov. 12, 2015. Credit: Bohumil Petrik/CNA.

Vatican Museums hope to reopen in February

Vatican Museums are expected to reopen in February if coronavirus restrictions permit it, according to the museums’ director.  Read more

Pope Francis greets Pope emeritus Benedict XVI at the Vatican’s Mater Ecclesiae Monastery on Nov. 28, 2020. Credit: Vatican Media.

Pope Francis and Benedict XVI receive first dose of COVID-19 vaccine

Pope Francis and Pope emeritus Benedict XVI have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, the Vatican confirmed on... Read more

The Vatican is administering the coronavirus vaccine in the atrium of the Paul VI Audience Hall. Credit: Vatican Media.

Vatican City begins administering first doses of coronavirus vaccine

Vatican City State began administering the first doses of the coronavirus vaccine on Wednesday.  Read more

Bishop Adriano Piedrahita Sandoval of Santa Marta. Credit: Bishops' Conference of Colombia.

Colombian bishop, 74, dies from COVID-19 complications

The Colombian diocese of Santa Marta announced on Tuesday that Bishop Luis Adriano Piedrahita Sandoval, 74, died January 11 of... Read more

Pope Francis visits the Bambino Gesù di Palidoro hospital in Rome, Italy, on Jan. 5, 2018. Credit: Vatican Media.

Pope Francis: Coronavirus pandemic has ‘exposed inefficiencies’ in care of the sick

Pope Francis said on Tuesday that the coronavirus pandemic had “exposed inefficiencies in the care of the sick.” Read more

Pope Francis greets Pope emeritus Benedict XVI at the Vatican’s Mater Ecclesiae Monastery on Nov. 28, 2020. Credit: Vatican Media.

Benedict XVI to receive COVID-19 vaccine

Pope emeritus Benedict XVI will receive the coronavirus vaccine as soon as it is available, his personal secretary said Tuesday. Read more

Pope Francis with Fabrizio Soccorsi.

Pope Francis' doctor dies from COVID-19 complications

Pope Francis' personal doctor, Fabrizio Soccorsi, has died from health complications related to the coronavirus, according to the Vatican. Read more

Archbishop of Tijuana recovers from COVID-19

Archbishop Francisco Moreno Barrón of Tijuana, on the border of Mexico and the United States, reported January 6 that he... Read more

A Redemptoris Mater seminary in South America. Credit: N4TR!UMbr via Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Rector of Redemptoris Mater seminary in Argentina dies of Covid

Fr. James Flores Álvarez, rector of the Redemptoris Mater Seminary in the Archdiocese of Corrientes, died Tuesday of COVID-19.  Read more

Tucson diocese to suspend indoor Masses for a month due to COVID-19

The Diocese of Tucson, Arizona announced new COVID-19 protocols that will require closing all churches for regular public indoor Masses... Read more

A Three Kings parade in Castle Square, Warsaw, Poland, Jan. 6, 2021. Photo credits: Karol Darmoros/Polskie Radio and Orszak Trzech Króli.

Scaled-down Three Kings parades held in Poland due to coronavirus pandemic

An estimated 2,500 Three Kings parades took place in Poland on Wednesday amid tight coronavirus restrictions.  Read more