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As LA County limits emergency care amid COVID surge, ethicists weigh in

Los Angeles County has announced it is limiting non-COVID emergency care, due to hospitals having reached a “point of crisis”... Read more

Bishop David Tencer takes part in a press conference at the Vatican on Oct. 17, 2018. Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Catholic bishop in Iceland appeals for lifting of 10-person Mass limit

Iceland’s only Catholic bishop has called on the government to lift the country’s 10-person limit on Mass attendance, arguing that... Read more

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Vatican COVID-19 commission promotes vaccine access for the vulnerable

The Vatican’s COVID-19 commission said Tuesday it is working to help promote fair access to the coronavirus vaccine, especially for... Read more

Pope Francis at his general audience address in the library of the Apostolic Palace Dec. 16, 2020. Credit: Vatican Media.

Pope Francis: 'Christmas is the feast of love incarnate'

Pope Francis said Wednesday that Christmas brings joy and strength that can remove the pessimism that has spread in human... Read more

Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City in Kansas.

Archbishop Naumann: COVID-19 vaccine morally licit, but not obligatory for Catholics

Catholics are not morally obliged to take the coronavirus vaccine and should appeal to the Holy Spirit for wisdom, Archbishop... Read more


Sacred music album recorded on eve of coronavirus lockdown storms Christmas charts

When the singers of the Schola Cantorum of the London Oratory School gathered earlier this year to create a new... Read more


Eight elderly religious sisters die of coronavirus in Wisconsin

Eight elderly religious sisters died of COVID-19 complications in one week at a retirement home for the School Sisters of... Read more


Citing timing, SCOTUS declines to allow in-person learning to resume in Kentucky

The Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a Kentucky Christian school’s plea to reopen for in-person learning, upholding a health order... Read more

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As Christmas nears, Catholic priest sees ‘signs of hope’ at COVID hospital in Rome

A Catholic chaplain at a COVID hospital in Rome said he has seen many reasons for hope this Advent, especially... Read more

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HHS resolves dispute over right to clergy in hospital

On Wednesday, the Office for Civil Rights at the Department of Health and Human Services announced that it resolved a religious discrimination... Read more

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DC backs down over Mass limits after archdiocese sues

The District of Columbia has changed course and will now allow up to 250 people to attend religious services. The... Read more

Appeals court strikes down Nevada's coronavirus rules for houses of worship

A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday ruled preliminarily that Nevada may not limit attendance at indoor religious services differently than... Read more

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Vatican officials call for 'solidarity' in nuclear disarmament after coronavirus pandemic

The current pandemic has underscored the need for global solidarity to achieve nuclear disarmament, a senior Vatican diplomat said on... Read more

Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville delivers the St. Thomas Day Lecture at Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paul, Calif., Jan. 28, 2019. Photo courtesy of TAC.

Bishop Flores affirms COVID vaccines are 'morally permissible'

In a December 8 letter to his diocese, Bishop Daniel Flores said that he wants “to assure Catholics that it... Read more

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Supreme Court vacates ruling on Colorado church restrictions

The Supreme Court accepted a church’s appeal against coronavirus restrictions in the state of Colorado on Tuesday, even after the... Read more

A pilgrim from Russia wears a mask and uses hand sanitizer in front of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican March 6, 2020.

Vatican City to start coronavirus vaccinations in January

Vatican City will begin to offer coronavirus vaccinations in January, according to the Vatican director of health and hygiene.   Read more

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As Italy hits record low births, is there a future for the family?

What is causing the 50 years of steady decline in births across Europe, and especially in Italy, and is there... Read more

How Catholics are carrying out prison ministry during the pandemic

As the pandemic has severely restricted gatherings and volunteer opportunities, Catholic dioceses throughout the United States and Canada have had... Read more

activist carrying a NARAL (National Abortion Rights Action League) sign at a pro abortion rally.

Abortion groups took in millions in federal coronavirus aid

Abortion clinics and lobbyists received millions of dollars in emergency small business loans during the pandemic, one pro-life group reports.  Read more

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Bishops in northeast Italy permit general absolution at Christmas due to pandemic

Catholic bishops in northeast Italy have said that the risk of illness amid the ongoing pandemic constitutes a grave necessity... Read more