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English bishops say AstraZeneca’s vaccine may be received without sin

Dec 5, 2020

A coronavirus vaccine developed from cell-lines originating from the cells of an unborn child who was aborted in 1983 can... Read more

South Dakota resumes abortions after 7-month hiatus

Dec 3, 2020

Abortions are again being performed in South Dakota, following a seven-month hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Read more

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone during a June 27 prayer service in Golden Gate Park.

Archbishop Cordileone: New COVID church closures violate right to worship

Nov 28, 2020

As surging COVID-19 cases lead to new restrictions in the San Francisco area, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone said the treatment of... Read more

Advent at Home: How Catholics are preparing for a season of joy - even in 2020 

Nov 28, 2020

By Mary Farrow

Wry jokes and memes about the decided awfulness of the year 2020 - with the pandemic, ensuing lockdowns and economic... Read more

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What connection does Moderna’s vaccine have to aborted fetal tissue? 

Nov 24, 2020

By Jonah McKeown

Amid debate over the ethics of a COVID-19 vaccine candidate under development by Moderna, a Catholic microbiologist told CNA that... Read more

Cardinal Gualtiero Bassetti, president of the Italian bishops’ conference, at a press conference in Bari, Italy, on Jan. 22, 2020.

Convalescing cardinal prays for coronavirus sufferers

Nov 19, 2020

A cardinal who is convalescing after he was hospitalized with the coronavirus said Thursday that he was praying for those... Read more

Christian leaders challenge mandatory church closures during England’s second lockdown 

Nov 18, 2020

A group of Christian leaders is challenging orders to shut down churches in England and Wales, saying the move violates... Read more

Delaware agrees to treat church services neutrally in settlement over COVID restrictions

Nov 13, 2020

The governor of Delaware has settled a federal lawsuit over church-related COVID-19 restrictions, which he had imposed at the start... Read more

Cardinal Gualtiero Bassetti, president of the Italian bishops' conference, at a press conference in Bari, Italy, on Jan. 22, 2020.

Cardinal Bassetti moved out of ICU, remains in critical condition with COVID-19

Nov 13, 2020

Cardinal Gualtiero Bassetti, president of the Italian Bishops Conference, has slightly improved and was moved out of the ICU, but... Read more

A medical maks on a gargoyle of Notre Dame in Paris.

French bishops' appeal for public Masses during lockdown rejected by judge

Nov 8, 2020

By Courtney Mares

The French bishops’ appeal to continue public Masses during France’s second national lockdown was rejected Saturday by the Council of... Read more

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, May 31, 2019.

Diocese of Brooklyn sues New York over new Mass restrictions

Oct 8, 2020

The Diocese of Brooklyn is suing the state of New York over a new order that restricts some indoor Masses... Read more

Bridgeport bishop: Wear a physical mask, but let spiritual masks fall 

Oct 6, 2020

While wearing physical masks may protect the lives of others during a pandemic, there is another type of mask -... Read more

Golden Dome at the University of Notre Dame.

Notre Dame president tests positive for COVID-19

Oct 2, 2020

Father John Jenkins, president of the University of Notre Dame, has tested positive for coronavirus, the university said in an... Read more

Catholic service organizations ask Congress to pass new COVID relief bill

Sep 29, 2020

Leaders of Catholic organizations in the United States have called on members of Congress to set aside political differences and... Read more

Day of prayer planned for 357 religious dead from COVID-19 in Spain

Sep 26, 2020

The Spanish Conference of Religious (CONFER) has announced that September 29 will be observed as a day of prayer for... Read more

Depiction of the Holy Spirit in St. Peter’s Basilica.

Bishop Burbidge: The pandemic is our ‘Pentecost moment’

Sep 20, 2020

In a pastoral letter this past week, Bishop Michael Burbidge of Arlington, Virginia said the coronavirus pandemic has prompted advances... Read more

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco.

San Francisco archbishop: Worshipers should be treated equally during the pandemic

Sep 17, 2020

The archbishop of San Francisco penned an op-ed in the Washington Post this week citing the First Amendment as he... Read more

Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas. Courtesy photo.

Faced with universal quarantine, Benedictine College turned to Mary

Sep 11, 2020

By Christine Rousselle

Benedictine College had a problem. After students returned to campus for the fall semester, 38 of them tested positive for... Read more

US Capitol dome.

US bishops: 'Imperative' for Congress to act on COVID relief

Sep 8, 2020

As the Senate is expected to consider a pared-down coronavirus relief package this week, the U.S. bishops’ conference is calling... Read more

In New York, Catholic school teachers file labor complaint over COVID reopening plans

Sep 5, 2020

Teachers from schools in the Archdiocese of New York have filed a labor complaint, saying they were not properly involved... Read more