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Pope Francis takes part in the Roman Curia’s Lenten retreat in Ariccia, Italy, on March 6-10, 2016. Credit: Vatican Media.

Roman Curia’s annual Lenten retreat changed again due to COVID-19

Jan 20, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Curial officials will make their own arrangements for a private Lenten retreat. Read more

Cardinal Pietro Parolin attends an ordination at the Basilica of Sant'Eugenio in Rome, Sept. 5, 2020.

Cardinal Parolin and Archbishop Peña Parra test positive for COVID-19

Jan 18, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Parolin has ‘very mild’ symptoms, while Peña Parra is asymptomatic. Read more

Pro-life poster

March for Life: What about bathrooms? Food? We’ve got answers here

Jan 16, 2022

By Katie Yoder, Christine Rousselle

The 49th Annual March for Life is going on as planned on Jan. 21 in Washington, D.C. Here's what you... Read more

Brother Guy Consolmagno, S.J., pictured on March 3, 2012.

Vatican astronomer: ‘Trust the science’ does not convince those who most need to be convinced

Jan 14, 2022

By CNA Staff

Brother Guy Consolmagno said the phrase left him ‘puzzled.’ Read more

President Joe Biden announces the vaccine mandate at the White House on Sept. 9, 2021

Supreme Court halts Biden vaccine-or-test policy for businesses, allows mandate for health care workers

Jan 13, 2022

By Shannon Mullen, Katie Yoder

The Supreme Court has blocked President Joe Biden's sweeping vaccine-or-test mandate for private sector businesses, while allowing a new federal... Read more

The Vatican Museums.

New COVID-19 rules for visitors to Vatican Museums

Jan 13, 2022

By CNA Staff

The museums are a major source of revenue for the Holy See. Read more

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Italian bishop forbids unvaccinated priests from distributing Communion

Jan 11, 2022

By Courtney Mares

The new diocesan restrictions come as the Italian government has banned unvaccinated citizens from entering restaurants, public transportation, gyms, theaters,... Read more

The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conceptionin Portland, Maine.    Credit: Kelly Lynn Butler/Shutterstock

Maine's Catholic churches will continue attendance at Mass, while ecumenical group urges online services

Jan 6, 2022

By Christine Rousselle

The Diocese of Portland will continue to permit attendance at Mass, even as the state’s Council of Churches has urged... Read more

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Unvaccinated Catholics asked not to attend Mass by English parish

Jan 6, 2022

By Luke Coppen

The diocese said vaccination status should not be a “barrier” to attending Mass. Read more

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Baltimore releases new COVID-19 protocols

Dec 30, 2021

By CNA Staff

The Archdiocese of Baltimore has declared new COVID-19 protocols in response to a rising number of positive cases of the... Read more

Cardinal Pietro Parolin attends an ordination at the Basilica of Sant'Eugenio in Rome, Sept. 5, 2020.

Vatican tightens COVID-19 rules for offices of Roman Curia

Dec 23, 2021

By CNA Staff

Cardinal Parolin issued a decree outlining the new measures. Read more

Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence

Providence bishop encourages mask wearing, but it is not a condition for attending Mass

Dec 21, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

The Bishop of Providence clarified Thursday that despite Rhode Island’s re-imposed mask mandate, people will be permitted to attend Mass... Read more

Pope Francis received the credential letters of seven new ambassadors to the Holy See on Dec. 17, 2021.

Pope Francis: Vaccine access is a matter of justice

Dec 17, 2021

By Courtney Mares

The pope told new ambassadors that the ongoing pandemic is a reminder that “we are a global community where one... Read more

Forty-five priests and four bishops in Venezuela have died from COVID-19 as of December 2021, the Venezuela bishops' conference has reported.

Venezuela bishops: 45 priests and four bishops have died from COVID-19 since start of pandemic

Dec 15, 2021

By Cynthia Perez

The bishops conference of Venezuela has released a report showing the heavy toll of the COVID-19 pandemic on its clergy. Read more

Church-goers in the archdioceses of New York and Boston will be required to wear masks during the holiday season.

New York, Boston archdioceses: Mask up at holiday Masses

Dec 13, 2021

By Joe Bukuras

Citing a spike in COVID-19 cases and a “likely increase” in cases during the holiday season, the Archdiocese of Boston... Read more

Cardinal Raymond Burke celebrates his first public Mass Dec. 11 since his hospitalization with COVID-19.

Cardinal Burke thanks God for COVID-19 recovery during first public Mass

Dec 11, 2021

By Kate Olivera

Cardinal Raymond Burke thanked God and Our Lady of Guadalupe for his recovery from COVID-19, during his first public Mass... Read more

This year's procession honoring Our Lady of Guadalupe in Los Angeles was well attended after a limited, cars-only procession in 2020 during the pandemic.

PHOTOS: Los Angeles, San Diego pay tribute to Our Lady of Guadalupe with processions, Masses after year hiatus

Dec 7, 2021

By Autumn Jones

On Sunday, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles held its 90th annual procession and outdoor Mass honoring Our Lady of Guadalupe.... Read more

Pope Francis meets Msgr. Aldo Giordano, apostolic nuncio to the European Union, on June 17, 2021.

Apostolic nuncio to EU dies after contracting COVID-19

Dec 3, 2021

By CNA Staff

A cardinal said that Archbishop Giordano ‘left a lasting mark on all of us.’ Read more

A post-plenary press conference at the London headquarters of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, Nov. 19, 2021.

English and Welsh bishops urge Catholics to renew commitment to Sunday Mass

Nov 19, 2021

By CNA Staff

But they acknowledged that the pandemic still posed obstacles to regular church attendance. Read more

Oklahoma Attorney General John O'Connor.

Oklahoma AG objects after Catholic healthcare group enforces COVID-19 vaccine mandate

Nov 17, 2021

By Autumn Jones

Catholic healthcare group Ascension last week began suspending employees who refused to comply with a COVID-19 vaccine mandate. Oklahoma's attorney... Read more