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Court says N.Y. pandemic limits on houses of worship restrict religious freedom

WASHINGTON | In a 5-4 decision issued just before midnight Nov. 25, the Supreme Court lifted the pandemic restrictions on congregation sizes at houses of worship imposed by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The Diocese of Brooklyn, New York, and two Orthodox Jewish synagogues in separate filings appealed to the nation’s high court, claiming the… Read more »

‘Make space at the table’: Pope urges valuing all human life

VATICAN CITY | Pope Francis admits he is not an economist, but he is a pastor. And as a pastor, he has seen how the global economy has cast aside many members of his flock, and he knows that the Gospel and Catholic social teaching call for a different response. “Solidarity is not the sharing… Read more »

Priest says being in vaccine trial a way to help bring end to deadly virus

WASHINGTON | When Father John Fields received an email from the University of Pennsylvania Aug. 28 asking him if he wanted to participate in the third and final phase of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine trial, he answered “yes” immediately. “I did not hesitate. For me, it was a go. I just hoped I would be accepted,”… Read more »

2020 Advent will bring much-needed hope

As 2020 comes to an end, and Advent is beginning, for many Catholics faith in the Lord hasn’t ever been as significant as it has been this year.  The year has been filled with political turmoil, social unrest, natural disasters and a global pandemic. As the countdown to the birth of Jesus commences, Catholics are… Read more »

Seeking the face of God? Look around you

How many of you, when asked, “How are you doing?”, have replied, “I’m just waiting for this year to end”? We have experienced in 2020 a pandemic like none we have ever seen, political turmoil like none we have ever seen, an economic shutdown like … you get the picture. For many of us, 2021… Read more »

U.S. bishops urge Trump, Barr to stop upcoming federal executions

WASHINGTON | In response to the upcoming federal execution of Orlando Hall Nov. 19, and two more federal executions scheduled to take place in December, two U.S. bishops’ committee chairmen called on the government to end this practice. “We ask President (Donald) Trump and Attorney General (William) Barr, as an act of witness to the… Read more »

‘It has been completely disastrous’: second hurricane hits Nicaragua

MEXICO CITY | A Nicaraguan priest said Hurricane Iota hit the northeastern corner of the country with “more force” than Hurricane Eta two weeks earlier and left communities devastated and families homeless. “The shelters are full of evacuated people and families … who today cannot return to their homes. They’re going to go to the… Read more »

All Catholics called to work of public advocacy

ORLANDO  |  The 2020 Culture of Life Conference might have been virtual, but one of its messages was as real as life itself. Advocates do not just want abortion to be illegal, but also unthinkable. Those were the words spoken by Ingrid Delgado, associate for social concerns and respect life for the Florida Conference of… Read more »

Bishops, in virtual meeting, focus on McCarrick report, pandemic, racism

WASHINGTON | The first day of the virtual fall assembly of the U.S. Catholic bishops, Nov. 16, included discussion about the Vatican report on Theodore McCarrick, the ongoing pandemic and the church’s response to racism. The two-day assembly, which usually takes place in Baltimore, was virtual this year due to COVID-19 restrictions. The public sessions… Read more »

Catholic faith holds strong during Veterans Day

ORLANDO  |  “Even if you don’t feel it, God is there for you and all you need to do is apply your faith.”  Those are the words of Father Martin Okoro, a Catholic chaplain at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, when discussing how America’s veterans can overcome struggles during the coronavirus pandemic.  Helpful reminders… Read more »