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Maine diocese, state, increase church attendance in time for Holy Week

Two weeks after the Bishop of Portland in Maine called state restrictions on religious gatherings “unacceptable,” Maine’s governor is allowing... Read more

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Archbishop Gomez to Congress, Biden: Don’t force pro-life Americans to oppose COVID relief

As the Senate considers a $1.9 trillion COVID relief package on Friday, the head of the U.S. bishops’ conference warned... Read more

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Bishops voice concern over treatment of religion in Irish reopening plan

As Ireland marks the first anniversary of the novel coronavirus arriving, local Catholic bishops are calling for the government to... Read more

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Bishops across US issue split messages on Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine

Bishops across the United States have weighed in with varied guidance for their flocks amid renewed debate over the morality... Read more

Bishop Giovanni Cefai, Bishop of the Prelature of Santiago Apóstol de Huancané, receives oxygen concentrators from the Knights of Columbus.

Knights of Columbus donate oxygen to areas of Peru, Brazil hard hit by COVID-19

The Knights of Columbus, the world's largest Catholic fraternal service organization, has made two major donations of medical oxygen to... Read more

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USCCB: Moderna's and Pfizer's coronavirus vaccines ethically preferable to Johnson & Johnson's

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops on Tuesday reiterated the Vatican’s teaching on COVID-19 vaccines produced with the help... Read more

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Supreme Court rejects California county’s continued ban on indoor worship

The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected a California county’s continued ban on indoor worship services due to the coronavirus pandemic,... Read more

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House passes COVID relief, pro-life groups warn it funds abortion

The House passed a massive COVID relief bill on Friday without protections against abortion funding. Read more

Vancouver archbishop asks officials to ease ban on religious services

As religious services in British Columbia are still shut down by government orders, a Catholic archbishop is asking the government... Read more

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USCCB opposes lack of pro-life protections in COVID relief bill

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is opposing the COVID relief package currently under consideration in the House, over... Read more

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In confidential interviews, Catholic bishops talk COVID, Joe Biden, Pope Francis

A series of one-on-one interviews with more than two dozen bishops has revealed significant concern among the Church leaders over... Read more

Filipino Catholics grateful for easing of Mass restrictions as Lent begins

Archbishop Charles Brown, the apostolic nuncio to the Philippines, applauded the government’s decision to ease restrictions on religious services, which... Read more

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Bishops ‘distressed’ by DNR orders for intellectually disabled COVID-19 patients

A statement Tuesday from the bishops of England and Wales said they are “distressed” by recent reports that COVID-19 patients... Read more

Rome, Italy - June 28, 2013: Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, of San Francisco, in Rome on June 28

San Francisco archbishop: State can't close churches, 'science' is on our side

Government officials cannot shut down religious services as “non-essential” during the pandemic—particularly when they are contradicting the “science” in doing... Read more

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Pro-life groups warn against abortion funding in COVID relief

Pro-life groups are warning against increased funding of abortions in Congress’ proposed COVID relief legislation.  Read more

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Open for learning: How Boston Catholic schools kept their students safe

Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Boston “followed the science” and have kept its students safe amid the pandemic, the... Read more

French Catholic nun to turn 117 after surviving COVID-19

Sister Andre Randon, a religious sister in France, will turn 117 years old this week, after surviving COVID-19 last month,... Read more

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Supreme Court rebukes California's strict coronavirus rules for churches

California’s strict coronavirus rules banning indoor worship were blocked and revised by a U.S. Supreme Court injunction late Friday night,... Read more

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U.S. bishops: COVID relief should protect the vulnerable, including the unborn

U.S. bishops are asking that the next COVID relief bill include “life-affirming policies” and reject abortion funding.  Read more

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York attends the No Hate. No Fear. Solidarity March at Columbus Park, Jan. 5, 2020.

Cardinal Dolan quarantining after contact with COVID-positive individual

The Archdiocese of New York announced Thursday that Cardinal Timothy Dolan is quarantining after “close contact” with someone who tested... Read more