Catholic News Service

Catholic News Service, serving since 1920 as a news agency specializing in reporting religion, is the primary source of national and world news that appears in the U.S. Catholic press.

rss feed

Catholic News Service's Latest Posts

Prelate advises cellphones can’t be used to administer sacraments

Prelate advises cellphones can’t be used to administer sacraments

| April 1, 2020 | 0 Comments

Administering the sacrament of reconciliation via cellphone is impermissible under church teaching, said the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Divine Worship.

Continue Reading

Bishops shocked that U.K. to allow abortion pills at home during pandemic

Bishops shocked that U.K. to allow abortion pills at home during pandemic

| Simon Caldwell | March 31, 2020 | 0 Comments

The English bishops have expressed their shock at an emergency policy to allow “do-it-yourself abortions” during the coronavirus pandemic.

Continue Reading

A parishioner finds lessons on her way home in the midst of a pandemic

A parishioner finds lessons on her way home in the midst of a pandemic

| Rhina Guidos | March 31, 2020 | 0 Comments

Tens of thousands of U.S. citizens and residents were abroad as news of the rapid spread of COVID-19 dispersed almost as fast as the virus that causes it around the world.

Continue Reading

Student Knights bring peers together for virtual fish fry using Zoom

Student Knights bring peers together for virtual fish fry using Zoom

| Andy Telli | March 31, 2020 | 0 Comments

The university students who belong to the Knights of Columbus council at University Catholic in Nashville decided that if their fellow students couldn’t come to their Lenten fish fry, they would bring the fish fry to them.

Continue Reading

Amid coronavirus sacrifices, some bishops allow Friday meat in Lent

Amid coronavirus sacrifices, some bishops allow Friday meat in Lent

| March 30, 2020 | 0 Comments

In the U.S., this Lent started out with some people discussing if it was acceptable to eat plant-based burgers on Fridays in Lent.

Continue Reading

Bishop calls priest who died from COVID-19 ‘a great missionary among us’

Bishop calls priest who died from COVID-19 ‘a great missionary among us’

| March 30, 2020 | 0 Comments

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn March 28 announced the death of Father Jorge Ortiz-Garay, 49, who died the evening before from COVID-19.

Continue Reading

Site crashes as half million-plus watch England’s rededication to Mary

Site crashes as half million-plus watch England’s rededication to Mary

| March 30, 2020 | 0 Comments

English Catholics rededicated their country as Mary’s Dowry “in the eye of the storm” of the coronavirus pandemic.

Continue Reading

Via phone, priest helps dying man through act of contrition, prayer

Via phone, priest helps dying man through act of contrition, prayer

| Ed Langlois | March 30, 2020 | 0 Comments

Because of hospital coronavirus restrictions, a suburban Portland priest March 22 was not allowed to meet with a Catholic patient dying of COVID-19.

Continue Reading

Sisters’ work during 1918 Spanish flu seen as model for crisis today

Sisters’ work during 1918 Spanish flu seen as model for crisis today

| Nancy Frazier O'Brien | March 30, 2020 | 0 Comments

Catholic nuns emerged as the unexpected heroes in the 1918 Spanish flu epidemic that killed hundreds of thousands in the United States and millions worldwide.

Continue Reading

Priority on economy over people may lead to ‘viral genocide,’ pope warns

Priority on economy over people may lead to ‘viral genocide,’ pope warns

| Junno Arocho Esteves | March 30, 2020 | 0 Comments

Countries fighting the coronavirus pandemic could face deadly consequences if they focus on protecting their economies more than their own people, Pope Francis said.

Continue Reading

Pope joins U.N. call for immediate global cease-fire

Pope joins U.N. call for immediate global cease-fire

| Carol Glatz | March 30, 2020 | 0 Comments

Saying conflicts can never be resolved with war, Pope Francis added his support to a U.N. appeal for a global cease-fire amid the worldwide threat of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Continue Reading

Archbishop Coakley, CRS welcome $2.2 trillion in federal COVID-19 relief

Archbishop Coakley, CRS welcome $2.2 trillion in federal COVID-19 relief

| March 30, 2020 | 0 Comments

Citing provisions of the $2.2 trillion federal relief package that will aid poor and vulnerable people as well as workers, Archbishop Paul S. Coakley of Oklahoma City thanked Congress and President Donald Trump for putting the law in place.

Continue Reading