Coakley: Loans keep ‘essential ministries’ going during national emergency

The federal emergency "bridge loans" that dioceses, parishes and other Catholic entities applied for provided a lifeline, allowing "our essential ministries to continue to function in a time of national emergency."

July 16 virtual pilgrimage to Lourdes to affirm prayer against COVID-19

An international virtual pilgrimage to the sanctuary of Lourdes, France, will "affirm the power of prayer" against COVID-19, said the shrine's vice rector.

Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. from WHO ‘deeply regrettable,’ CHA says

The Catholic Health Association July 7 said it was "deeply regrettable" that President Donald Trump has formally withdrawn the U.S. from the World Health Organization during a global pandemic.

Virtual Renaissance: Online tourism breathes new life in ailing industry

As museums and historical sites in Italy slowly begin opening their doors after several months of lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, technology may prove to be the "renaissance" the country's tourism industry desperately needs.

Pope: Migrants seeking new life end up instead in ‘hell’ of detention

Jesus warned everyone, "whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me," and Christians today must look at their actions every day and see if they have even tried to see Christ in others, the pope said in his homily during Mass July 8.

U.S. bishops welcome court decision on Catholic schools

Two U.S. bishops said they welcomed the Supreme Court's 7-2 ruling July 8 which said California Catholic schools could not be sued for job discrimination in firing teachers. The bishops said the decision "rightly acknowledged" the limit on state authority.

Court rules in favor of employer exemptions to contraceptive coverage

In a 7-2 decision July 8, the Supreme Court upheld regulations by the Trump administration giving employers more ability to opt out of providing contraceptive coverage in their health plans.

Trump expected to refile paperwork soon in his effort to end DACA

President Trump is expected to refile paperwork during the second week of July to end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, following the Supreme Court ruling that his administration went about trying to end the program the wrong way.

As cases of virus spike in Arizona, Tucson bishop suspends public worship

Tucson Bishop Edward J. Weisenburger announced July 1 that state health officials have "strongly recommended" the suspension of public worship and that he agrees the recommendation is a wise course of action.

At Angelus, pope backs U.N. resolution calling for global cease-fire

Pope Francis praised the United Nations' adoption of a global cease-fire resolution amid the coronavirus pandemic that has swept the world.