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by Mary Farrow Denver Newsroom, May 19, 2020 / 02:00 am MT (CNA).- What should you be doing right now? If the answer is “not reading this article,” you might want to keep going. If you’re reading this article because you’re distracting yourself from something that needs to be done,

CNA Staff, May 19, 2020 / 12:10 am MT (CNA).- A federal judge has blocked the North Carolina governor’s order limiting most church services to 10 people or fewer, saying it was a double standard to limit religious services but not similar activities under anti-coronavirus restrictions. For his part, Gov.

CNA Staff, May 18, 2020 / 12:30 pm MT (CNA).- An English bishop died Monday after contracting the coronavirus. The Archdiocese of Liverpool said that Bishop Vincent Malone, 88, died on the morning of May 18 at the Royal Liverpool Hospital after testing positive for COVID-19 last week. He is

CNA Staff, May 18, 2020 / 11:21 am MT (CNA).- Bishop David O’Connell of Trenton lamented Thursday that the U.S. Congress’ latest coronavirus relief bill would bar private schools’ access to financial relief. The New Jersey Catholic Conference is encouraging Catholics to ask their senators and representatives to include aid

by Courtney Mares Rome, Italy, May 18, 2020 / 09:30 am MT (CNA).- As Rome reopened shops and restaurants on Monday, Catholics rejoiced in being able to attend Mass again for the first time in 10 weeks after Masses were first closed to the public. “To receive Communion again as

Vatican City, May 18, 2020 / 07:15 am MT (CNA).- Pope Francis has decreed that St. Faustina Kowalska’s feast day be added to the Roman Calendar as an optional memorial to be celebrated by all on October 5. The Vatican Congregation for Divine Worship issued the decree May 18, the

Vatican City, May 18, 2020 / 04:15 am MT (CNA).- St. John Paul II was a man of prayer who was close to the people and loved justice, Pope Francis said at his morning Mass Monday. Celebrating Mass at the saint’s tomb in St. Peter’s Basilica, the pope noted that

By Courtney Mares Vatican City, May 18, 2020 / 05:00 am MT (CNA).- “Thirty-nine years ago today I was on my way into St. Peter’s Square when the pope was shot,” Joan Lewis said over the phone on May 13. It is just one of many vivid memories Lewis has

CNA Staff, May 16, 2020 / 12:00 pm MT (CNA).- The Polish bishops’ conference is encouraging the faithful to participate in a social media campaign to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of Pope St. John Paul II on Monday. Pope St. John Paul II was born Karol Wojtyla

by Jonah McKeown Denver Newsroom, May 15, 2020 / 02:00 pm MT (CNA).- Pope St. John Paul II— who would have turned 100 years old May 18— was a man of great humility, whose nearly 27-year pontificate nevertheless left a lasting impression on the Catholic Church and the world, according