• Patients denied clergy visits because of COVID can now have them, according to HHS

    In July, a woman went to MedStar’s Southern Maryland Hospital Center (MSMHC), part of the MedStar Health System, to give birth. Because of restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, she had to give birth without any family members present. Soon after, her baby was taken to another room... Read more
  • Polish bishop dies from the coronavirus

    A Polish bishop died from COVID-19 Tuesday at the age of 83. Bishop Bogdan Wojtuś died at noon local time Oct. 20, according to a statement from the Archdiocese of Gniezno. Wojtuś, a retired auxiliary bishop of Gniezno archdiocese, was admitted to hospital on Saturday after... Read more
  • NY Catholic Conference: Follow the science. Open the churches.

    New York’s Catholic dioceses continue to push back on new coronavirus restrictions that have shut down more than two dozen churches in the state, despite there being no connection between churches and an outbreak of the virus.  Dennis Poust, director of communications for the New York... Read more
  • Diocese of Brooklyn sues New York over new Mass restrictions

    The Diocese of Brooklyn is suing the state of New York over a new order that restricts some indoor Masses in New York City to just 10 people. The diocese alleges that the new health restrictions by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, put in place in Queens and Brooklyn amid a new spike in the coronavirus,... Read more
  • The Other Pandemic: The Lockdown Mental Health Crisis

    The original rationale for COVID lockdowns and strict social distancing was to “flatten the curve” so as not to overwhelm hospitals with too many acutely ill patients. We have accomplished that: though things came close in New York City, demand for ventilators in the U.S. has not exceeded... Read more
  • Day of prayer planned for 357 religious dead from COVID-19 in Spain

    Credit: Unsplash NA Staff, Sep 26, 2020 / 04:23 pm MT (CNA).- The Spanish Conference of Religious (CONFER) has announced that September 29 will be observed as a day of prayer for the 357 religious who have died from the novel coronavirus during the pandemic in Spain. The conference invited... Read more
  • Will Ethical COVID Vaccines Arrive at Warp Speed?

    More than 300 vaccines are currently in development to fight the coronavirus behind the COVID-19 pandemic, and approximately 40 have already advanced to clinical trials. In the vanguard for the U.S. are eight potential vaccines backed by the federal government’s Operation Warp Speed (OWS), a... Read more
  • Archbishop Cordileone: Catholics at the Back of the Line

    Archbishop Cordileone delivered the following homily at St. Mary's Cathedral Plaza in San Francisco on September 20, 2020. Whenever I hear today’s Gospel reading, I recall the years that I served as pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe parish in Calexico. In the desert heat, I would jog early... Read more
  • This California church found a way to celebrate Mass in spite of COVID restrictions

    The drab off-white brick wall behind the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Sacramento can’t hold a candle to the church’s rich baroque interior. But that’s no barrier to people gathering for Mass there in recent weeks. Because Sacramento is in one of the counties that California... Read more
  • Cardinal Sarah: ‘We must return to the Eucharist’

    Cardinal Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, says Mass in the London Oratory for the Sacra Liturgia conference, July 6, 2016. Credit: Lawrence OP via Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0). Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Vatican’s dicastery for liturgy and sacraments, sent a letter... Read more