• 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
  • World’s Marian shrines to join pope’s Saturday rosary for COVID-19 pandemic

    On Saturday, Pope Francis will be praying a rosary to implore Mary’s intercession and protection amid the pandemic. He will be praying live from the replica of the Lourdes Grotto in the Vatican Gardens May 30, the eve of Pentecost, starting 11:30 a.m. EDT. Joining him in Rome will be... 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
  • Maryland county lifts ban on Communion

    Howard County, Maryland, has reversed a policy that banned consumption of any food or drink during religious services, effectively preventing the licit celebration of Mass.  A county spokesman told CNA May 28 the prohibition will be removed, and faith leaders will be consulted on... Read more
  • Extraordinary evangelization in extraordinary times

    I’d heard about Father Alexander Sherbrooke long before we met in June 2011; Father Sherbrooke had been a mentor for young friends of mine who had worked at St. Patrick’s Church in London as pastoral assistants and catechists. When we finally got to know each other in person, I had that... Read more
  • Baltimore archdiocese has ‘serious concerns’ about county Communion ban

    The Archdiocese of Baltimore said it has “serious concerns” about public health guidance from Howard County, Maryland, which prohibits the reception of Communion as a condition for churches to reopen during the coronavirus pandemic. “For the Catholic community, the reception of... Read more
  • Maryland county bans Eucharist in church reopening order

    An executive order issued Tuesday in Maryland’s Howard County outlines public health rules under which churches may reopen. The order prohibits the distribution and consumption of any food or drink as part of any religious service, effectively outlawing the distribution of Communion and the... Read more
  • Minn. bishops modify reopening plan after governor increases crowd limit

    A new executive order from Gov. Tim Walz permits faith-based gatherings at 25% church capacity, with a total limit of 250 people, beginning May 27. The Minnesota governor announced the new order May 23. The new order follows two days of meetings with Archbishop Bernard A. Hebda of St.... Read more
  • Stranded Babies, Hurting Moms: COVID-19 Crisis Highlights Problems With Surrogacy

    The coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc in many industries — including the buying and selling of babies through commercial surrogacy. Due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, babies are stranded in different countries than their genetic parents while surrogates and agencies are scrambling to... Read more
  • President Trump: Churches should reopen ‘right now’

    President Donald Trump on Friday called on state governors to reopen churches “right now.” At a Friday press briefing, Trump said that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC)  would “at my direction” be issuing new guidance for churches to reopen. He said he was identifying... Read more