[VIDEO] Bishop Olmsted urges us to look beyond COVID, politics and division

As we enter 2021 in a turbulent time, Bishop Olmsted urges us to look beyond the storm of COVID-19, politics and division, instead fixing our eyes on the light of Christ.

Popes Francis, Benedict receive their first doses of COVID-19 vaccine

Both Pope Francis and Pope Benedict XVI have received the first dose of the vaccine against COVID-19 after the Vatican started vaccinating its employees and residents Jan. 13.

Panelists in webinar address concerns raised over vaccines and fetal cell line

Participants in a Jan. 14 webinar sponsored by the Institute for Human Ecology at The Catholic University of America discussed concerns raised by some over a fetal cell line being used in some phases of COVID-19 vaccine development but concluded the cell line is probably sufficiently removed from the "original evil" to ameliorate Catholic apprehensions.

Praising God purifies the soul, is like breathing ‘pure oxygen,’ pope says

It may seem illogical, but Christians are called to give God praise -- not complaints -- in times of darkness and difficulty, Pope Francis said.

Popes Francis, Benedict XVI in line for vaccination against COVID-19

The Vatican began vaccinating its employees and residents against COVID-19 Jan. 13, giving priority to its health care workers, security personnel, employees who deal with the public and older residents, employees and retirees. Both Pope Francis and retired Pope Benedict XVI said they planned to receive the vaccine.

In message for World Sick Day, pope calls for health care for all

Praising those who help the sick and praying for those who are sick, Pope Francis called on Christians to practice what they preach, including by guaranteeing equal access to health care for all people.

Historians: Capitol Hill breach damaged U.S. politics

There is no example in American history of a U.S. president inciting violence against American institutions or fellow citizens in the manner that President Donald Trump seemingly did on Jan. 6 when an angry mob stormed the U.S. Capitol, according to a historian at The Catholic University of America.

Washington pastors reflect on Capitol attack that hit close to home

For two Washington-area priests, the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol hit particularly close to home, because they serve as pastors of Capitol Hill parishes in Washington.

Pope says he was ‘astonished’ by violence at Capitol

Pope Francis offered prayers for the people of the United States "shaken by the recent siege on Congress" and prayed for the five people who lost their lives "in those dramatic moments" when protesters stormed the Capitol Jan. 6.

Pope amends canon law so women can be installed as lectors, acolytes

Pope Francis ordered a change to canon law and liturgical norms so that women could be formally installed as lectors and acolytes.