Court blocks vaccine mandate for businesses, allows it for health workers

Jan 19, 2022 News
The Supreme Court in a 6-3 decision Jan. 13 blocked a rule by the Biden administration that would have required employees at large businesses to show proof of a COVID-19 vaccination or wear masks and get tested each week for the coronavirus.

Annual 100-hour public Bible reading planned in Louisiana diocese

Jan 18, 2022 News
An annual 100-hour, nonstop public Bible reading takes place in St. Martinville in the Diocese of Lafayette Jan. 19-23.

Imitate King’s ‘prophetic witness’ in work for justice, archbishop says

Jan 17, 2022 News
The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops urged all people of goodwill to commemorate the life and legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on the Jan. 17 holiday named for him by remembering "not only the justice he pursued, but how he pursued it."

Newborn abandonment case prompts emphasis on ‘safe haven’ efforts

Jan 15, 2022 News
In 20 years of community organizing, resulting in more than 300 cases of newborns saved from infant abandonment, Floridian Nick Silverio has never actually witnessed a criminal child abandonment in progress.

Pope pops by his favorite record store to say ‘hello’

Jan 14, 2022 News
Pope Francis took an evening ride in a white Fiat 500 to visit a record store he used to go to when in Rome as a cardinal.

Vatican mandates COVID-19 vaccines or recovery for employees, most visitors

Jan 13, 2022 News
The Vatican has updated its rules to stem the spread of COVID-19 and will require all its employees to be vaccinated against the virus or prove they have recently recovered from the disease.

SNAP disputes assessment of Dallas charter at its 20th anniversary

Jan 12, 2022 News
An essay by Kathleen McChesney on the impact of the U.S. bishops' Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People drew a sharp rebuke by the executive director of the Survivor's Network of Those Abused by Priests.

Pope, cardinal offer condolences to victims of Bronx fire that killed 17

Jan 11, 2022 News
Pope Francis issued condolences to families of those killed in a Jan. 9 apartment building blaze in the Bronx that killed 17 people, including eight children.

Mask mandates return in several dioceses as omicron variant surges

Jan 10, 2022 News
The rapid spread of the omicron variant of the coronavirus has led bishops in dioceses nationwide to reimpose mask mandates for students and staff at schools as well as for Mass attendees regardless of vaccination status.