• Becket Law Map on Reopening Churches

    Leaders in protecting public health  Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, the Minnesota Catholic Conference and The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod in Minnesota have been leaders in protecting public health. They voluntarily suspended in-person services to prevent the spread of... Read more
  • Vatican moves American, European Catholic giants closer to sainthood

    On Wednesday, the Vatican announced that it was moving two towering Catholic figures from different corners of the world forward on the path toward sainthood, approving miracles for Venerable Father Michael McGivney, and Blessed Charles de Faucauld. McGivney, founder of the colossal American... Read more
  • New institute to ponder John Paul II’s heavy lifting on Church and culture

    St. John Paul II did plenty of heavy lifting during his long papacy, from staring down the Soviet empire to battling what he saw as a metastasizing “culture of death” in the West. Perhaps it’s only fitting, then, that the leader of a new institute devoted to the Polish pope and his... Read more
  • Australian journalists face court date over Pell trial coverage

    A judge in the Australian state of Victoria has proposed beginning a trial in November to prosecute journalists and media outlets for violating a court-imposed reporting ban on the trial of Cardinal George Pell in 2018. Victoria Supreme Court Judge John Dixon said Tuesday that the trial... Read more
  • Bishops lament UK plan to keep churches closed until July

    The bishops of England and Wales have expressed disappointment after the government said churches in the U.K. should remain closed until at least July 4. The bishops issued a statement May 11 after U.K. officials published a document Monday setting out plans to ease the... Read more
  • Archdiocese of Detroit to resume public Masses on May 29; obligation lifted until Sept. 6

    Public Masses will resume for all parishes in the Archdiocese of Detroit on Friday, May 29, but individual pastors may, at their discretion, begin celebrating Mass publicly as early as Tuesday, May 19, according to new directives issued by Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron. However, despite the... Read more
  • Bishops: Our Lady of America Not ‘Objective Private Revelation’

     Bishop Kevin Rhoades of Fort Wayne-South Bend said Thursday that the alleged visions and revelations known as “Our Lady of America” cannot be said to be of supernatural origin, and that he cannot approve or support public devotion to “Our Lady of America.” Sister Mary... Read more
  • Cincinnati auxiliary bishop resigns after failing to act on allegations

    Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Joseph Binzer, Cincinnati's auxiliary bishop, who was accused in August of failing to act on allegations made against a priest.  A statement from the Holy See press office May 7 said the pope had accepted the 65-year-old bishop’s... Read more
  • St. John Paul II’s Parents’ Sainthood Cause Has Officially Opened

    The sainthood causes of St. John Paul II’s parents were formally opened in Poland Thursday. A ceremony launching the causes of Karol and Emilia Wojtyła took place at the Basilica of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Wadowice, John Paul II’s birthplace, May 7.  At... Read more
  • Top Vatican cardinal dismisses ‘take-out communion’ as ‘insane

    ROSARIO, Argentina - As Catholic bishops across Europe and in the United States discuss  reopening Mass to the faithful and ponder what to do about the distribution of communion, considered a “high risk of contagion” moment, Cardinal Robert Sarah of Ghana, head of the Vatican’s... Read more