Catholic News

Churches Will Defy Governor’s Lockdown, Reopen May 26. If Abortion Clinics Can Open, “Why Can’t We?”

By Ryan Colby, LifeNews, May 20, 2020 The Minnesota Catholic Conference and The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod in Minnesota sent Governor Tim Walz separate letters today announcing that they would be resuming worship services on May 26 despite Governor Walz’s current COVID-19 executive... read more

Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz Improperly Applied for and Received $80 Million in Coronavirus Funds

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews, May 20, 2020 The Planned Parenthood abortion business improperly applied for and received $80 million in federal funds meant to support small businesses as they battle the economic fallout from the coronavirus. America’s biggest abortion company is coming under... read more

Labor Department issues new religious freedom guidelines

CNA Staff, Catholic News Agency, May 19, 2020 The Department of Labor (USDOL) issued new protections for federal employees and faith-based grant recipients last week, with religious freedom groups praising the move. Labor Secretary Scalia On Friday, Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia issued a... read more

In Ecuador, pro-life groups protest U.N. abortion conditions on coronavirus aid.

By CNA Staff, Catholic News Agency, May 17, 2020 Pro-life groups in Ecuador say that United Nations aid to combat the coronavirus pandemic should not require access to abortion as a condition for assistance. On April 30, Ecuador’s Ministry of Foreign Relations and Human Mobility confirmed... read more

Nancy Pelosi Caught Once Again Trying to Include Abortion Funding in Coronavirus Bill

By Steven Ertelt, LifeSite News, May 13, 2020 For the third time in recent weeks, Speaker Nancy Pelosi is attempting to exploit the coronavirus crisis to push her abortion agenda on the American people. During the development of the first stimulus bill to tackle the coronavirus situation,... read more

Hundreds of California pastors plan to defy ban on religious gatherings starting May 31

'The clergy of this state are convinced that they must reopen their ministries,' the pastors state. By Martin Bürger, LifeSite News, May 11, 2020 Hundreds of pastors in California have announced plans to defy Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom’s executive orders deeming religious gatherings... read more

Supreme Court hears case on right of Catholic schools to fire religion teachers

By Matt Hadro, Catholic News Agency, May 11, 2020 Supreme Court justices on Monday heard arguments for and against extending the Civil Rights Act’s “ministerial exception” to Catholic schools when they fire teachers of religion. The two Catholic schools were clearly looking for... read more

Spanish cardinal investigated for blessing Valencia from basilica on feast day

By Inés San MartínMay 11, 2020, ROME BUREAU CHIEF A Spanish cardinal has gotten into legal trouble for opening a church and bringing an image of the Virgin Mary to the door of the building to bless the city of Valencia. Some accused him of breaking the country’s COVID-19 coronavirus social... read more

Illinois Catholics long for ‘normal life’ after governor announces lockdown plan

By Matt Hadro, Catholic News Agency, May 8, 2020 The Diocese of Springfield, Illinois, said that the Church must return to “normal life” after the governor announced plans to ban large gatherings until a COVID-19 vaccine or treatment is available. Earlier in the week, the state’s... read more

Illinois churches may not fully reopen for a year as White House shelves CDC plan

By Matt Hadro, Catholic News Agency, May 7, 2020 The governor of Illinois has said he will continue to ban public gatherings of more than 50 people—including religious services—until a vaccine or treatment for coronavirus is available. The announcement comes as the White House is... read more

Public Masses in Italy to Resume May 18 — With Conditions

The restrictions include the distribution of Communion wearing masks and disposable gloves. By Edward Pentin, National Catholic Register, May 7, 2020 ROME — The head of the Catholic bishops’ conference of Italy, Cardinal Gualtiero Bassetti, has signed a protocol with the Italian... read more
Bishop Richard E. Pates

Pope Francis accepts resignation of Joliet Bishop Conlon