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Cardinal Charles Maung Bo of Yangon.

Burma’s Cardinal Bo calls for ‘war’ against coronavirus as cases continue to surge

Jul 19, 2021

By Jose Torres, Jr.

Cardinal Charles Maung Bo of Burma’s Archdiocese of Yangon called for a unity to fight the spread of the coronavirus... Read more

St. Louis archdiocese says masks optional at its schools this fall

Jul 14, 2021

By CNA Staff

The Archdiocese of St. Louis announced Monday that face masks will be optional at its Catholic schools this fall.  Read more

The fire-ravaged coronavirus isolation ward of al-Hussein Teaching Hospital in Nasiriyah, Iraq, July 13, 2021.

Pope Francis prays for more than 60 people killed in Iraq COVID ward fire

Jul 13, 2021

By CNA Staff

The pope assured families of “his spiritual closeness to all affected.” Read more

US government: Pandemic increased number of people vulnerable to human trafficking 

Jul 1, 2021

By Kate Scanlon

The COVID-19 pandemic increased the number of people vulnerable to becoming victims of human trafficking, a report released Thursday by... Read more

Joe Biden. Credit: Drop of light / Shutterstock

Leading US bishops praise Biden's global vaccine pledge

Jun 23, 2021

By CNA Staff

Leading U.S. bishops on Wednesday praised President Joe Biden for pledging 500 million COVID-19 vaccines to developing countries, and urged... Read more

The pandemic has hit Catholic parishes hard. It’s also taken a toll on priests

Jun 21, 2021

By Luke Coppen

Pastors across England discuss the pandemic’s long-term impact on their parishes. Read more

Wisconsin Catholic school victorious in reopening case

Jun 14, 2021

By Joe Bukuras

The Wisconsin state supreme court ruled in favor of a Catholic school last week in its case against a local... Read more

Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia speaks to members of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Region III during their �ad Limina Apostolorum� visit, at the Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls in Rome, on Nov. 27, 2019.

Archbishop Chaput: Some Catholic bishops were “too compliant” with pandemic restrictions

Jun 3, 2021

The Archbishop Emeritus of Philadelphia last week said that some Catholic bishops were “too compliant” with state and local restrictions... Read more

Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore delivers a homily at the Mass for the bicentennial of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, May 31, 2021

Six dioceses in Baltimore, Washington provinces reinstate Sunday obligation

Jun 2, 2021

Six Catholic dioceses in Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and Delaware will be lifting the dispensation from the Sunday obligation beginning... Read more

Bishop James Johnston of Kansas City-St. Joseph

More bishops invite Catholics back to Mass, lift dispensations

May 26, 2021

Two more U.S. bishops have invited Catholics back to Mass, following other dioceses which have lifted dispensations from the Sunday... Read more

Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul, Philadelphia

Philadelphia archbishop: ‘Nothing compares’ to being physically present at Sunday Mass

May 25, 2021

The Archbishop of Philadelphia this week invited Catholics back to Sunday Mass, emphasizing the importance of in-person attendance.  Read more

New York dioceses update liturgical restriction guidelines

May 24, 2021

Dioceses in the state of New York updated their COVID-19 guidelines last week, following the recent shift in federal pandemic... Read more

Dioceses begin easing masking, social distancing restrictions 

May 17, 2021

Some Catholic dioceses have begun updating their COVID protocols for public Masses, as federal public health officials have introduced new... Read more

The Cathedral of the Assumption of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven in Mexico City, Mexico

Five bishops, 220 priests have died from Covid in Mexico

May 12, 2021

By David Ramos

According to a May 11 report from the Catholic Multimedia Center eight women religious, six men religious, and 12 deacons... Read more

June 25, 2020: Health workers arrive at a check-up camp in Malad

‘We are alarmed’: Catholic aid groups respond to India’s COVID crisis

May 5, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

Catholic aid groups are mobilizing relief efforts in India, as the country is gripped by a worsening outbreak of the... Read more

Historic court house and post office in Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston diocese, Black colleges seek federal injunction to get COVID-19 relief

May 5, 2021

A 19th-century constitutional amendment in South Carolina is wrongly blocking coronavirus relief money for Catholic schools, an attorney for the... Read more

Students in a classroom.

As epidemic wanes, New York archdiocese schools plan for full reopening

May 1, 2021

“Our children have been learning and have been safe!” the superintendent said. Read more

How churches can respond to the COVID-19 mental health crisis

Apr 29, 2021

By Kate Scanlon

With concerns that suicide rates are rising in communities of color during the pandemic, Catholic mental health workers say the... Read more

Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi

After state order, Las Cruces diocese lets priests set Mass attendance limits

Apr 26, 2021

After the governor of New Mexico allowed churches to re-open at 100% capacity, priests in the Diocese of Las Cruces... Read more

Biology major Michael Rohall and Franciscan University biology professor Dr. Kyle McKenna prepare to analyze blood samples for coronavirus specific antibodies. Photo courtesy of the Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Franciscan University studying herd immunity, coronavirus

Apr 24, 2021

The Franciscan University of Steubenville is conducting a research study to better understand COVID-19 and herd immunity. Read more