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Irish government to lift ban on Mass attendance on May 10

By Catholic News Service | April 30, 2021 | 0 Comments

DUBLIN (CNS) – The Irish government said a Covid-19-related ban on Catholics attending Mass will be lifted on May 10. Irish Prime Minister Micheál Martin made the announcement in an address to the nation on April 29 as he revealed a new road map for the reopening of society. Public … Read More about Irish government to lift ban on Mass attendance on May 10

At 108, Dominican sister says God ‘just wants me to hang around’

By Catholic News Service | April 28, 2021 | 0 Comments

EAST WILLISTON, New York (CNS) – To put Sister Francis Dominici Piscatella’s extraordinarily long life into historical perspective, consider that Pope Pius X was pontiff and Woodrow Wilson was US president when she was born in 1913. Nine popes and 18 presidents later, Sister Piscatella, a member of the Sisters … Read More about At 108, Dominican sister says God ‘just wants me to hang around’

‘Patients are … dying in front of my eyes,’ says India Catholic hospital director

By Catholic News Service | April 27, 2021 | 0 Comments

THRISSUR, India (CNS) – Catholic hospital directors in India told Catholic News Service they did not have enough facilities to treat patients, as India set records for the number of Covid-19 deaths – numbers many people believe were underreported. “The situation is very bad. No beds available anywhere in the … Read More about ‘Patients are … dying in front of my eyes,’ says India Catholic hospital director

Pope calls for monthlong global prayer marathon for end of pandemic

By Catholic News Service | April 22, 2021 | 0 Comments

VATICAN CITY (CNS) – Pope Francis has called for a global prayer marathon for the entire month of May, praying for the end to the pandemic. “The initiative will involve in a special way all shrines in the world” in promoting the initiative so that individuals, families and communities all … Read More about Pope calls for monthlong global prayer marathon for end of pandemic

Papal charity sees increased violations of religious freedom globally

By Catholic News Service | April 21, 2021 | 0 Comments

VATICAN CITY (CNS) – The religious persecution exercised by China and North Korea, restrictions on religious freedom in dozens of countries, and the continuing threat of violence at the hands of religious fundamentalists belonging to a variety of faiths have all worsened since 2018, said Aid to the Church in … Read More about Papal charity sees increased violations of religious freedom globally

Head of Irish bishops calls new law on Mass attendance ‘draconian’

By Catholic News Service | April 20, 2021 | 1 Comment

DUBLIN (CNS) – The head of the Irish bishops’ conference said the government’s move to criminalise attendance at Mass as part of Covid-19 regulations was a “potential infringement of religious freedom and of constitutional rights”. “The precise provisions are unclear and. at first reading. appear to be draconian, going further … Read More about Head of Irish bishops calls new law on Mass attendance ‘draconian’