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Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City in Kansas.

Archbishop Naumann: COVID-19 vaccine morally licit, but not obligatory for Catholics

Dec 22, 2020

By CNA Staff

Catholics are not morally obliged to take the coronavirus vaccine and should appeal to the Holy Spirit for wisdom, Archbishop... Read more

The then Archbishop Luis Ladaria at the Vatican Sept. 8, 2015.

Vatican says COVID-19 vaccines ‘morally acceptable’ when no alternatives are available

Dec 21, 2020

By Courtney Mares

The Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith stated Monday that it is “morally acceptable” to receive COVID-19 vaccines produced... Read more

Hospital quarantine room. Stock image via Shutterstock.

As Christmas nears, Catholic priest sees ‘signs of hope’ at COVID hospital in Rome

Dec 18, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

A Catholic chaplain at a COVID hospital in Rome said he has seen many reasons for hope this Advent, especially... Read more

A lab technician scientist in PPE.

Vatican diplomat: COVID-19 vaccines must be accessible to all

Dec 11, 2020

By Courtney Mares

A Vatican diplomat has called for a coordinated rollout of COVID-19 vaccines which ensures that the poor are not left... Read more

The Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula in Brussels, Belgium.

Belgium allows 15 people at Mass in ‘slight easing’ of public worship ban

Dec 11, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

The government of Belgium has agreed to ease restrictions on Mass celebrated with the public beginning Dec. 13, permitting a... Read more

Cathedral of Our Lady in Antwerp, Belgium.

Belgian Catholics organize legal challenge to public Mass ban

Dec 7, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

Catholics in Belgium are seeking to take legal action against the government after it decreed that public Masses will remain... Read more

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