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Catholic US bishops approve use of COVID-19 vaccines with 'remote connection' to abortion

The United States bishops' conference has said that Catholics can take two of the three available COVID-19 vaccines, even though... Read more

Cardinal Wilton Gregory at Mass at the Capital One Arena, Washington.

DC archdiocese sues over Christmas Mass restrictions

The Archdiocese of Washington is suing the District of Columbia over restrictions on public worship during the coronavirus pandemic. The... Read more

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Vatican diplomat: COVID-19 vaccines must be accessible to all

A Vatican diplomat has called for a coordinated rollout of COVID-19 vaccines which ensures that the poor are not left... Read more

Woman alone in empty church.

Why in-person worship matters

After Virginia’s governor appeared to suggest that church attendance is immaterial to the act of worship, one theologian says that... Read more

The Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula in Brussels, Belgium.

Belgium allows 15 people at Mass in ‘slight easing’ of public worship ban

The government of Belgium has agreed to ease restrictions on Mass celebrated with the public beginning Dec. 13, permitting a... Read more

Only frequent church attendees avoided downward mental health trend in 2020

Americans who attend religious services weekly are the only demographic group appearing to show improved mental health in 2020, despite... Read more

Lourdes struggled financially after all pilgrimages were canceled during France’s first lockdown.

Pandemic causes up to 40% drop in income of French parishes

The Catholic Church in France estimates that it lost more than $100 million due to the country’s two coronavirus lockdowns... Read more

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Colorado lifts church capacity limit, asks Supreme Court to drop lawsuit

The Governor of Colorado has asked the Supreme Court to drop a church’s lawsuit against the state after he lifted... Read more

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Circuit court vacates California church closure decision

Following instructions by the Supreme Court, the Ninth Circuit on Tuesday vacated a district court ruling against South Bay United... Read more

Father Gabriel Richard High School in Ann Arbor, one of the Lansing diocese's schools which have joined a suit against the Mich. health department.

Catholic high schools in Michigan sue over coronavirus order keeping them closed

Two high schools in the Diocese of Lansing have joined a lawsuit against a public health order keeping schools in... Read more

Cathedral of Our Lady in Antwerp, Belgium.

Belgian Catholics organize legal challenge to public Mass ban

Catholics in Belgium are seeking to take legal action against the government after it decreed that public Masses will remain... Read more

English bishops say AstraZeneca’s vaccine may be received without sin

A coronavirus vaccine developed from cell-lines originating from the cells of an unborn child who was aborted in 1983 can... Read more

The challengers to the ban on public worship in the Swiss canton of Geneva.

Swiss court suspends public worship ban in Geneva

A court suspended Thursday a ban on public worship in the Swiss canton of Geneva.  Read more

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Pro-life research group rates ‘encouraging’ COVID vaccine development

A pro-life research group has clarified which of the leading COVID vaccine candidates in the United States have not used... Read more

South Dakota resumes abortions after 7-month hiatus

Abortions are again being performed in South Dakota, following a seven-month hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Read more

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Should prisoners be first, or last in line for COVID vaccine?

As public officials debate whether prison populations should be among the first or last to receive a COVID vaccine, ethicists... Read more

California State Governor Gavin Newsom.

Supreme Court vacates ruling on California church closures

The Supreme Court has accepted an appeal by California churches against the state’s coronavirus restrictions, sending the case back to... Read more

Sainte-Chapelle, the 13th-century chapel built by French King Louis IX to house Christ's crown of thorns.

Catholic bishops welcome ‘realistic’ new measures for public Masses in France

Bishops in France have welcomed new government measures that will allow more people to attend public Masses during Advent.   Read more

Doctor holding cross and praying.

New coalition champions spiritual rights of patients

A new coalition seeks to promote the rights of hospital patients to have “reasonable” access to family and clergy during... Read more

New York City mayor Bill de Blasio.

NYC mayor de Blasio defends decision not to pay for coronavirus testing at private schools

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is defending his decision not to extend state funding for on-site coronavirus testing... Read more