• Disease Specialists Refute Report That Paints Churches as Breeding Grounds for COVID-19

    Infectious-disease specialists refuted a report that stated that COVID-19 has “infiltrated Sunday services, church meetings and youth camps,” linking more than 650 cases in the United States to “religious facilities.” The New York Times reported that “new outbreaks of the... Read more
  • Pakistanis mourn Sister Ruth Lewis, who cared for children with disabilities

    Sister Ruth Lewis, a Pakistani nun who dedicated her life to helping underprivileged people with disabilities, died Monday following coronavirus complications. Sister Ruth, head of Dar-ul-Sukun, a Karachi home for children with disabilities, died at age 77 at the Aga Khan University Hospital... Read more
  • 14 Felician Sisters Die of COVID-19

    Since Good Friday, 13 Felician sisters in one Michigan community and another Felician sister in New Jersey have died, all falling prey to the deadly Coronavirus. The Register talked with Suzanne Wilcox English, who serves as director of mission advancement for the Felician Sisters of North... Read more
  • Coronavirus Stalks in the Darkness, But Do Not Be Afraid

    I write this from my perspective as a priest responsible for the care of souls; I do not claim to be a medical expert. My pastoral concern is that we as a nation and as a Church have succumbed to excessive fear, which bespeaks a spiritual problem. The medical concerns arising from the pandemic... Read more
  • Priest performs socially distanced mass for his grandmother outside window of her care home

    Father Anthony Ferguson was determined to make his grandma’s 98th birthday  one to remember.  What would have been a day likely spent in the company of her immediate family ended up being significantly curtailed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.  Like many... Read more
  • Catholic bishop in India charged with rape tests positive for coronavirus

    Bishop Franco Mulakkal of Jalandhar, India, is pictured in an undated photo. Leading Catholic figures and laypeople have appealed to the Vatican to remove Bishop Mulakkal, who is being investigated for allegations of raping a nun. (CNS photo/courtesy Diocese of Jullundur) See... Read more
  • Houses of death

    When COVID-19 hit the Westervier nursing home—a residential care center in the Belgian city of Bruges—it struck with swift severity. “We had residents talking in the living room in the morning. Then they became short of breath. Then drowsy. And in the evening they were gone. It went... Read more
  • Singing for the suffering

    Like office workers across Europe, Luiza Chrzanowska found herself sidelined by COVID-19. A day job as an economist with the European Commission at its headquarters in Brussels turned into teleworking from home, alone. The ecumenical choir she leads, Chapel for Europe, took a sudden sabbatical... Read more
  • San Francisco Catholic archdiocese ‘surprised’ by order to cease indoor, public Masses

    The Archdiocese of San Francisco is pledging to comply with the city and county public health orders barring indoor public Masses and limiting outdoor services, including funerals, to 12 people. City Attorney Dennis Herrera sent a letter June 29 to the archdiocese’ lawyer,... Read more
  • Is Coronavirus Increasing Abortion Rates?

    The coronavirus pandemic has certainly had a profound impact on the provision of health care in the United States. Earlier this year, federal and state officials mandated closures of those health care providers they deemed as offering elective surgeries and “nonessential” medical care.... Read more