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Evidence shows Mass is safe when guidelines are followed, doctors say

Aug 25, 2020

Evidence suggests that church services following public health guidelines do not present a greater risk of spreading the novel coronavirus... Read more

Golden Dome at the University of Notre Dame.

Notre Dame classes go online for two weeks amid rising COVID-19 cases

Aug 21, 2020

By Jonah McKeown

The University of Notre Dame on Tuesday announced a two-week hiatus from in-person class instruction, amid a growing number of... Read more

170 years after pandemic, Pittsburgh Catholics continue cholera Mass tradition 

Aug 19, 2020

By Perry West

For more than 170 years, Pittsburgh Catholics have observed a day of thanksgiving for their parish’s deliverance from a cholera... Read more

Oxygen tanks in Cusco.

Peruvian archdiocese raises $175,000 for oxygen tanks

Aug 17, 2020

As the coronavirus pandemic continues, Peru has been among the hardest hit countries in the world, ranking sixth in the... Read more

Bush fire in Australia.

Citing COVID and bushfires, Australian bishops urge focus on mental health

Aug 4, 2020

In the latter half of 2019 and the first few months of 2020, Australia contended with massive, devastating bushfires that... Read more

Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Camden, New Jersey.

Citing impact of COVID, Camden diocese suspends participation in abuse victim fund

Aug 3, 2020

The Diocese of Camden, New Jersey said July 31 it will suspend its participation in an independent compensation program for... Read more

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco.

San Francisco’s Archbishop Cordileone urges Friday fasting for an end to COVID

Jul 31, 2020

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco is urging Catholics to fast every Friday for an end to the coronavirus pandemic.  Read more

Texas attorney general: Religious schools exempt from local COVID rules

Jul 20, 2020

The attorney general of Texas on Friday told religious private schools in the state that local governments are not allowed... Read more

Children in South Sudan.

Report: 690 million people went hungry last year

Jul 15, 2020

Almost 690 million people around the world were undernourished last year, according to a new United Nations report, continuing what... Read more

Religious sisters in Peru offer free quarantine housing for COVID carriers

Jul 15, 2020

A group of Franciscan sisters in Ica, Peru, is offering a facility free of charge as temporary quarantine housing for... Read more

The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles.

Indoor events, public Masses again suspended by California governor’s order 

Jul 14, 2020

With coronavirus cases spiking in California, the governor has issued new orders banning indoor events including public Masses in much... Read more

Peruvian archbishop thanks doctors fighting coronavirus

Jul 9, 2020

The archbishop of Arequipa, Peru, thanked the doctors fighting the coronavirus pandemic, saying they offer hope to many.  Read more

Bishop Edward J. Weisenburger. CNA file photo.

Tucson diocese again halts public Masses to curb rise of coronavirus cases

Jul 7, 2020

As cases of COVID-19 spike in Arizona, the Diocese of Tucson has once again suspended the public celebration of Mass... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims at his Angelus address June 7, 2020.

Pope Francis commends UN Security Council for global ceasefire resolution

Jul 5, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis applauded the United Nations Security Council Sunday for its recent resolution calling for an immediate global ceasefire amid... Read more

A market seller in Cusco, Peru.

Faith-based groups ask Congress to fund international pandemic assistance 

Jul 5, 2020

A coalition of faith-based organizations is asking Congress to take immediate action to help fund efforts to help fight the... Read more

Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh.

In crowded Rohingya refugee camps, social distancing presents challenges

Jun 28, 2020

While hand washing and social distancing have been implemented around the globe as tools to fight the spread of the... Read more

New York City.

Justice Department: NYC pandemic rules can't favor protests over religious services

Jun 23, 2020

New York City cannot enforce coronavirus restrictions strictly on religious gatherings and leave mass public protests untouched, leading U.S. Department... Read more

New York City.

Catholic Charities steps in as NYC loosens eviction restrictions

Jun 22, 2020

As New York City’s eviction moratorium expires for some people affected by the coronavirus pandemic, Catholic Charities has warned that... Read more

Advocates appeal for Catholic schools amid closures nationwide

Jun 17, 2020

By Jonah McKeown

At least 100 Catholic elementary and high schools across the United States will not reopen for the fall semester, with... Read more

Brian Carroll. Courtesy photo.

American Solidarity Party candidate presses on to 2020 presidential election

Jun 17, 2020

Republicans and Democrats aren’t the only political parties finding their 2020 campaigning efforts hampered by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Read more