• Madison diocese says it will sue over religious restrictions

    Attorneys representing the Diocese of Madison sent a letter to Dane County and City of Madison officials on Wednesday, June 3, notifying officials they will file suit if parishes in the diocese are not permitted to operate at the same capacity as retail outlets.  Under Dane County’s... Read more
  • Accompaniment at the Hour of Death

    A few weeks after nursing-home visits were restricted nationwide because of the coronavirus, Mary Pavek’s 87-year-old mother died at a residential care facility in Boise, Idaho, though not from COVID-19. Six weeks after her death, Pavek’s father, who was 92 and lived in the same... Read more
  • Italy Returns to Masses

    As of last week, lockdown restrictions have been almost fully lifted in Italy. Shops, restaurants, cafés, etc. are reopening. Italians can now see friends, family, and colleagues freely, with some local discretion being exercised by each region. Churches are also now in “phase 2” of... Read more
  • 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