East European churches struggle with COVID-19 upsurge
Church leaders in Europe are urging citizens in countries with low vaccination rates to cooperate with health campaigns. Fatalities are up 10% across the continent due to the delta variant of the coronavirus.
Policy keeping migrants out may stay in place longer
Given a rise in coronavirus cases, the Biden Administration may indefinitely continue to invoke Title 42, a move several bishops and immigration advocates have criticized as a misuse of the policy.
Mass of the Lord’s Supper livestreams on Holy Thursday evening
Watch the Mass that begins the sacred Triduum in the church tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul. Archbishop Nelson Perez will be the main celebrant and homilist.
Chrism Mass to livestream from cathedral
Watch the Mass live this morning at 10 a.m. at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul, Philadelphia. Archbishop Nelson Perez will be the main celebrant and homilist.
Widespread vaccination, supported by pope, faces myriad obstacles
The hurdles to achieving a fair, global distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine are economic, technical, political and moral. "What we need," said a Vatican official, "is an urgent innovation for the common good."
Virtual Catholic speed dating events start Friday night
Single Catholics from Pennsylvania and throughout the East Coast are invited to log in to a virtual Catholic speed dating room to meet fellow Catholics individually for dating and friendship.
Catholic dioceses cope with new limits as virus soars in U.S., Canada
The number of COVID-19 cases is rising dramatically in the U.S., Canada and around the world. Government officials have returned to stricter lockdowns, and are urging families to reconsider holiday celebrations.
New Mexico archdiocese closes churches amid virus spike
Because "COVID-19 cases and deaths have risen at a rapid rate and have reached alarming numbers," the Archdiocese of Albuquerque has closed Catholic churches for indoor worship.
Archdiocese plans for schools to reopen with flexibility
Catholic schools in the Philadelphia region are preparing to welcome students for the fall term through a mix of in-person and virtual instruction to adapt to the coronavirus pandemic’s impact on education.
State’s ‘green’ phase allows more in pews, but precautions continue
Churches can now seat up to 75% of their building occupancy, but face masks and receiving holy Communion by hand are still "strongly recommended" by the Philadelphia Archdiocese.