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St. Mary's Cathedral in Yangon.

Burmese bishops launch interreligious prayer effort amid Covid surge

Aug 3, 2021

By Jose Torres, Jr.

The Catholic bishops of Burma on Monday launched a national prayer campaign as coronavirus cases in the country continue to... Read more

Mary, Comforter of the Afflicted Parish Church in Maricaban, Pasay City, in the Philippines.

Manila’s Catholic dioceses cancel public Masses amid rise in COVID-19 cases

Aug 3, 2021

By CNA Staff

The dioceses have dispensed Catholics from their Sunday obligation. Read more

Bishop Kevin Doran.

Irish Catholic dioceses to go ahead with First Communions, confirmations after government advises delay

Jul 31, 2021

By CNA Staff

‘The mission of the Church cannot be put on hold indefinitely,’ a bishop said. Read more

Dominican Nuns of the St. Catherine of Siena Monastery in Mexico City

At least 12 priests in Mexico have died from COVID-19 in two months

Jul 27, 2021

By David Ramos

The most recent report from the Catholic Multimedia Center (CCM) shows that at least 12 priests and a Mexican nun... Read more

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