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Happy Mother's Day! (CNS photo/Brad Birkholz)
05/10/2020

Happy Mother's Day! (CNS photo/Brad Birkholz)

Happy Mother's Day! (CNS cartoon/Joe Heller)
05/09/2020

Happy Mother's Day! (CNS cartoon/Joe Heller)

"Probably because of the moment we are going through in society, the detail that jumps out at me in today’s readings is ...
05/09/2020

"Probably because of the moment we are going through in society, the detail that jumps out at me in today’s readings is hunger."

Read our Scripture column, "Speak to Me Lord," for reflections on the Mass readings this weekend: bit.ly/2WGljKi

Big-time college athletics has something called a transfer portal, a window of time during which athletes on scholarship...
05/08/2020
Another pandemic side effect: Some priest reassignments delayed

Big-time college athletics has something called a transfer portal, a window of time during which athletes on scholarship can switch schools.

The Catholic Church in the United States has its own transfer portal: the annual priest-reassignment cycle. While each diocese operates its own schedule, the vast majority of transfers occur in June and July.

By Mark Pattison Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — Big-time college athletics has something called a transfer portal, a window of time during which athletes on scholarship can switch …

Today, in St. John Paul II's hometown of Wadowice, Poland, Catholic officials launched the sainthood cause for his paren...
05/07/2020

Today, in St. John Paul II's hometown of Wadowice, Poland, Catholic officials launched the sainthood cause for his parents, Emilia and Karol Wojtyla. Here is their wedding portrait. (CNS photo/courtesy Polish Bishops' Conference)

The papal ambassador to the United States talks about the #COVID19 #pandemic:“The other day we had a kind of meeting thr...
05/06/2020
Church wasn’t prepared, either, for pandemic, nuncio to U.S. says

The papal ambassador to the United States talks about the #COVID19 #pandemic:

“The other day we had a kind of meeting through Zoom with a lot of actors in the church, Catholic Charities, people in charge of education, we were about 20 people sharing our experience. And I was amazed to see how people are acting, not just to foresee what will happen after that, but to be present .A bishop was telling me how many people are in need because they are poor. They are trying to organize a solidarity outreach to the poor.”

By Mark Pattison Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — Just like billions of people throughout the world, “the church was not prepared” for the coronavirus pandemic, said Arch…

The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington is illuminated blue May 5 to honor first ...
05/06/2020

The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington is illuminated blue May 5 to honor first responders, health care workers and essential workers during the coronavirus pandemic. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn)

With Sunday Mass offertory collections virtually nonexistent during the coronavirus pandemic, dioceses are helping their...
05/05/2020
Dioceses help parishes find revenue, including PPP funds, amid pandemic

With Sunday Mass offertory collections virtually nonexistent during the coronavirus pandemic, dioceses are helping their parishes tap into revenue sources to help keep one crisis from becoming a second crisis.

By Mark Pattison Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — With Sunday Mass offertory collections virtually nonexistent during the coronavirus pandemic, dioceses are helping their parishes ta…

"Our hearts are wounded for the many souls mourned as African American communities across the nation are being dispropor...
05/04/2020
Bishops urge closer look at COVID deaths in black communities

"Our hearts are wounded for the many souls mourned as African American communities across the nation are being disproportionately infected with and dying from the virus that causes COVID-19," said a May 4 statement from four U.S. bishops. "We raise our voices to urge state and national leaders to examine the generational and systemic structural conditions that make the new coronavirus especially deadly to African American communities."

By Rhina Guidos Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — A group of U.S. bishops expressed sorrow over disparities in infection and death rates among African Americans in U.S. communities. &…

05/04/2020
Pope prays for COVID-19 vaccine

During his Regina Coeli address May 3, Pope Francis prayed for a vaccine for the novel coronavirus and asked people of all religions to pray and fast on May 14.

Happy Monday! We thought we'd share this lovely photo of Rome's Tiber River, with St. Peter's Basilica in the background...
05/04/2020

Happy Monday! We thought we'd share this lovely photo of Rome's Tiber River, with St. Peter's Basilica in the background. (It was shot yesterday, but it's a nice way to start the week!) (CNS photo/Remo Casilli, Reuters)

"Return to the comforting and assuring words of Psalm 23 today. Let the prayer of the psalmist, prayed over and over aga...
05/02/2020

"Return to the comforting and assuring words of Psalm 23 today. Let the prayer of the psalmist, prayed over and over again, become your heartfelt cry to God in these isolating times."

Check out our Scripture column, "Speak to Me, Lord," with reflections on the readings from Mass this weekend: bit.ly/2VSZnfI

Across the United States and Canada today, bishops renewed the consecration of the U.S. to the care of our Blessed Mothe...
05/01/2020

Across the United States and Canada today, bishops renewed the consecration of the U.S. to the care of our Blessed Mother during the coronavirus pandemic. This photo is from the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn)

Earlier today, a health care worker in Detroit cared for Arthur Carter at the Pope Francis Center. Carter said he lost h...
05/01/2020

Earlier today, a health care worker in Detroit cared for Arthur Carter at the Pope Francis Center. Carter said he lost his toes to diabetes. The center also has offers the homeless hot meals, portable showers, toilets, warming tents and hand-washing stations.(CNS photo/Jim West)

Social distancing in pews, requirements that Massgoers wear facial protection and even Masses without distribution of ho...
05/01/2020
Church life expected to reflect safe practices when public Masses resume

Social distancing in pews, requirements that Massgoers wear facial protection and even Masses without distribution of holy Communion or having distribution moved to the end of a liturgy or to another time are all possibilities when churches reopen, depending on local circumstances and the prudential judgment of bishops.

Bishops are faced with having to balance public safety while maintaining the respect and reverence of the Eucharist and the liturgical and sacramental symbolism of Mass rites.

By Dennis Sadowski Catholic News Service CLEVELAND (CNS) — When public Masses and the celebration of the sacraments resume in dioceses where they were suspended, the look and feel of worship…

Happy feast of St. Joseph the Worker, celebrated May 1, which many countries celebrate as #MayDay or #LaborDay  (CNS pho...
04/30/2020

Happy feast of St. Joseph the Worker, celebrated May 1, which many countries celebrate as #MayDay or #LaborDay (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz)

Father Eduardo "Ponpon" Vasquez Jr. blesses a man who has epilepsy in a poor section of Manila, Philippines, during the ...
04/30/2020

Father Eduardo "Ponpon" Vasquez Jr. blesses a man who has epilepsy in a poor section of Manila, Philippines, during the COVID-19 pandemic. (CNS photo/Eloisa Lopez, Reuters)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a recent statement that “current data suggest a disproportionate ...
04/29/2020
Pandemic highlights disparities in ethnic communities

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a recent statement that “current data suggest a disproportionate burden of illness and death among racial and ethnic minority groups,” particularly Latinos and black Americans.

In the U.S., the agency said, COVID-19 death rates among black or African Americans and Latinos have been “substantially higher” than other groups. The data is most visible in New York City, the epicenter of the pandemic in the country.

Here's how many are affected, and what Catholics are doing to help.

By Rhina Guidos Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — Tanya Granillo de Vasquez thought that if coronavirus were to enter her apartment in Uniondale, New York, it would be because of her …

A draft of guidelines the White House is preparing to issue about steps to take in reopening parts of the U.S. that had ...
04/28/2020

A draft of guidelines the White House is preparing to issue about steps to take in reopening parts of the U.S. that had been closed during the pandemic includes suggestions for reopening houses of worship.

The section on faith communities says they “may consider and accept or reject” the guidelines, “consistent with their own faith tradition.”

Full story: https://bit.ly/2zEWwi0 (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn)

The book also contains suggestions for Catholics who are unable to receive the sacraments due to restrictive measures to...
04/28/2020
Vatican releases book of pope’s homilies, prayers for ‘difficult times’

The book also contains suggestions for Catholics who are unable to receive the sacraments due to restrictive measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

By Junno Arocho Esteves Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Vatican published a free downloadable book of Pope Francis’ prayers and homilies responding to the trial and suff…

Each weekend, the Diocese of Brooklyn televises Masses celebrated in English, Spanish, Italian, Polish, Creole, Korean a...
04/27/2020

Each weekend, the Diocese of Brooklyn televises Masses celebrated in English, Spanish, Italian, Polish, Creole, Korean and Mandarin from the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph. On April 26, sacristan Elias Taveras had the job of disinfecting the ambo between Masses. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz)

Sunday thoughts. #PrayTogether #BeKind #BeKindtoYourself
04/26/2020

Sunday thoughts. #PrayTogether #BeKind #BeKindtoYourself

A little fun on a sport-less weekend. (CNS cartoon/Joe Heller)
04/26/2020

A little fun on a sport-less weekend. (CNS cartoon/Joe Heller)

“There is a quadruple threat to religious freedom and the fight against ISIS that is going on" in northeast Syria, one a...
04/25/2020
Advocates fear threats to religious freedom, health in northeast Syria

“There is a quadruple threat to religious freedom and the fight against ISIS that is going on" in northeast Syria, one advocate warns. Others agree. #Religiousfreedom #COVID19

By Dale Gavlak Catholic News Service AMMAN, Jordan (CNS) — Religious freedom advocates and medical practitioners have expressed concerns about the COVID-19 response in northeast Syria. ̶…

God “raised him from the dead and gave him glory,” St. Peter says, “so that your faith and hope are in God.”Read our Scr...
04/25/2020

God “raised him from the dead and gave him glory,” St. Peter says, “so that your faith and hope are in God.”

Read our Scripture column, "Speak to Me Lord," with reflections on the readings from Mass this weekend: bit.ly/3cMdVDK

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