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Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki. Credit: Jochen Rolfes/Archdiocese of Cologne.
CNA Staff, Apr 17, 2020 / 02:00 pm (CNA).- A German cardinal has said it is “high time” to restore public liturgies as the country begins to ease lockdown measures. Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki of Cologne said that Masses with congregations should be permitted “as soon as possible” after German

In 2012, Hurricane Sandy was hitting New York City, and Bellevue Hospital was facing the failure of their main generators. Left with only six working power outlets for 50 patients in intensive care, the medical director had to make decisions she never wanted to make. Which of the 50 would

Marie Miller, cover art from her album Little Dreams. Credit: EWTN
by Matt Hadro Washington D.C., Apr 16, 2020 / 07:00 pm (CNA).- Catholic singer-songwriter Marie Miller said she was not prepared for a global pandemic to coincide with the release of her new folk album. As the calendar turned to March, Miller was ramping up for her album release at

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. Credit: © Mazur /
by Hannah Brockhaus Rome, Italy, Apr 16, 2020 / 09:06 am (CNA).- Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI celebrated his 93rd birthday Thursday at his Vatican residence during Italy’s coronavirus lockdown. The retired pope, who lives in the Mater Ecclesia monastery on Vatican grounds, did not have any visitors due to the

Bishop Peter Baldacchino celebrates Mass on Holy Thursday. Credit: David McNamara/Diocese of Las Cruces
by Ed Condon Washington D.C., Apr 16, 2020 / 11:35 am (CNA).- Bishop Peter Baldacchino of the Diocese of Las Cruces said the Church is the “essential service of hope” during the coronavirus pandemic, and that the Church must “welcome as many as we can” in line with public health

CNA Staff, Apr 16, 2020 / 02:45 pm (CNA).- On April 30, 2000, the Church officially declared the Sunday after Easter to be “Divine Mercy Sunday,” an annual celebration of the mercy of God. The celebration usually centers around the image of Divine Mercy painted by St. Faustina Kowalska, which

Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States, was the celebrant at the 2019 Mass for Life in Washington D.C. on Jan. 18, 2019. Credit: Christine Rousselle/CNA
by JD Flynn Washington D.C., Apr 16, 2020 / 05:00 am (CNA).- Archbishop Christophe Pierre was appointed apostolic nuncio to the United States in April 2016, after the archbishop had served as nuncio in Mexico, Uganda, and Haiti. As apostolic nuncio, Pierre is the Holy See’s diplomat to the United

by Hannah Brockhaus Rome, Italy, Apr 14, 2020 / 01:00 pm (CNA).- A pastor at a church in Rome offered Easter Mass from the roof of the church so nearby parishioners could participate from their balconies and windows during the coronavirus lockdown in Italy. Making the Mass visible in this

Washington D.C., Apr 14, 2020 / 11:10 am (CNA).- The Justice Department (DOJ) has promised to act on any abuses of religious freedom after some state and local governments sought to enforce tough restrictions on Easter services during the coronavirus pandemic. On Saturday, DOJ spokeswoman Kerri Kupec tweeted that Attorney

A crucifix outside a Tennessee church after storms over Easter, 2020. Credit: Office of Rep. Chuck Fleischmann
by Christine Rousselle Washington D.C., Apr 14, 2020 / 09:31 am (CNA).- The bishops of the United States have offered their prayers in solidarity with the victims of extreme weather over the Easter weekend. At least 30 people were killed due to severe weather across the southern U.S. April 12