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The statue of the Immaculate Conception overlooking the Spanish Steps in Rome.

Rome’s Franciscans to provide ‘blessing from afar’ on Immaculate Conception feast

Conventual Franciscans said they will be present at a statue of the Immaculate Conception in the center of Rome to... Read more

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Debate continues over who should get new COVID vaccines first

A federal health advisory committee proposed on Tuesday that health care workers and long-term care facility residents should be the... Read more

The Cathedral of Our Lady in Antwerp, Belgium.

No public Masses until January for Belgian Catholics

Belgium’s Catholic bishops called Tuesday for dialogue with the government after it decreed that public Masses would remain suspended until... Read more

March for Life, Jan. 24, 2020.

March for Life gears up for pandemic conditions

The 48th annual March for Life is scheduled to take place on Jan. 29, 2021, on the National Mall in... Read more

Pope Francis visits Rome’s Piazza di Spagna to venerate the statue of the Immaculate Conception overlooking the Spanish Steps on Dec. 8, 2019.

Immaculate Conception: Pope Francis cancels traditional act of veneration due to pandemic

The Vatican has announced that Pope Francis will not visit Rome’s Piazza di Spagna this year for the traditional veneration... Read more

The Palais-Royal in Paris, home of the Council of State.

French Catholic bishops win appeal against 30-person Mass limit

The French Council of State has ruled that a proposed 30-person limit on Masses and other forms of public worship is... Read more

A red cross ambulance passes in front of the Vatican as Italy prepares for the coronavirus, March 9, 2020.

43 Catholic priests have died in Italy’s 2nd wave of coronavirus

Forty-three Italian priests died in November after contracting the coronavirus, as Italy experiences a second wave of the epidemic.  Read more

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone during a June 27 prayer service in Golden Gate Park.

Archbishop Cordileone: New COVID church closures violate right to worship

As surging COVID-19 cases lead to new restrictions in the San Francisco area, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone said the treatment of... Read more

Advent at Home: How Catholics are preparing for a season of joy - even in 2020 

Wry jokes and memes about the decided awfulness of the year 2020 - with the pandemic, ensuing lockdowns and economic... Read more

Archbishop Michel Aupetit, pictured in 2015 at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris.

French bishops launch second legal appeal to reinstate public Masses for all

The French bishops’ conference announced Friday that it would submit another appeal to the Council of State, calling the proposed... Read more

A detail from a graphic promoting the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life campaign.

Vatican dicastery urges youngsters to share wisdom of elderly people facing Christmas alone

A Vatican dicastery launched a new campaign Friday urging young people to share wisdom gleaned from the elderly facing Christmas... Read more

The Cathedral Basilica of St. James in Brooklyn, NYC.

Supreme Court overturns NY church restrictions, Brooklyn bishop says religion 'essential' during pandemic

The Supreme Court said Wednesday night that NY state restrictions on religious services during the coronavirus pandemic are a violation... Read more

A detail from Timothy P. Schmalz’s sculpture, ‘Angels Unawares.’

Vatican diplomat: Lockdowns revealed ‘glaring contradiction’ in attitudes towards migrants

Coronavirus lockdowns revealed a “glaring contradiction” in attitudes towards migrants, a Vatican diplomat said Thursday.  Read more

CCTV surveillance cameras in Tiananmen Square.

Pandemic conditions have increased Christian persecution

The coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated Christian persecution in some places, according to a new report from the group Aid to the... Read more

Archbishop Joseph Kurtz.

Kentucky dioceses keep Masses open despite governor's request

Kentucky’s four Catholic dioceses will not suspend public Masses despite the governor’s request that religious services be held online only... Read more

A medical mask on a gargoyle of Notre-Dame in Paris.

French bishops press government to review 30-person Mass limit

After a strong reaction by French Catholics to the government’s decision Tuesday night to limit Mass attendance to 30 people... Read more

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What connection does Moderna’s vaccine have to aborted fetal tissue? 

Amid debate over the ethics of a COVID-19 vaccine candidate under development by Moderna, a Catholic microbiologist told CNA that... Read more

Pope Francis records a video message marking Argentina’s Nursing Day and Doctors’ Day. Screenshot from the Argentine bishops’ conference YouTube account.

Pope Francis hails Argentina’s doctors and nurses as ‘unsung heroes’ of pandemic

Pope Francis hailed Argentina’s healthcare workers as the “unsung heroes” of the coronavirus pandemic in a video message released Friday.   Read more

Archbishop Michael Miller of Vancouver. CNA file photo.

Vancouver archbishop criticizes pandemic restrictions on Masses

Archbishop Michael Miller of Vancouver expressed disappointment with the government’s decision to ban religious services as part of a plan... Read more

Pope Francis attends the Prayer Meeting for Peace in Rome's Piazza del Campidoglio Oct. 20, 2020.

Pope Francis tells Latin American leaders to resist corruption during the pandemic

Pope Francis has called on leaders in Latin America to not politicize the coronavirus pandemic, urging them to seek the... Read more