Father Christoper Heanue, administrator and a parochial vicar of Holy Child Jesus Church in Richmond Hill, N.Y., poses for a photo with two biking companions, Paul Cerni, left, and Tom Chiafolo.

Priest’s 100-mile bike ride raises COVID-19 aid for parish — and hope

Father Christopher Heanue started his morning July 27 by celebrating Mass at 5 a.m. and then took off on a 100-mile bike ride. But it wasn't just any ride.
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Missing Mass: Social isolation keeps elders safe but lonely

In communities around the world, the social isolation that keeps elders safe from the coronavirus but precludes going to church is proving extremely difficult for many. In some remote areas, younger generations are helping their elders.

Christians must courageously share with others, pope says at Angelus

True compassion requires "courageous sharing," not telling people to go fend for themselves, Pope Francis said.

Bishops to Congress: Help Black families meet children’s educational needs

As the pandemic has "disproportionately affected" predominately Black communities and the Catholic schools that serve them, Congress must provide immediate financial help to families who have chosen these schools for their children's education, said the chairmen of three U.S. bishops' committees.

Jesuit superior warns of pandemic’s threat to democracy

Human lives and jobs are not the only things threatened by the coronavirus pandemic: In many countries, democracy and efforts to build a more just world also are under attack, said Father Arturo Sosa, superior general of the Jesuits.

Is 2020 the year that gets young people to polls in bigger numbers?

So why should anybody vote anyway? The Catholic Church sees voting as a moral obligation. The U.S. Catholic bishops' quadrennial document "Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship" provides guidance to Catholic voters during a presidential election year and advises people they should be guided by their conscience rather than party affiliation.

HUD’s proposed fair housing rule should be withdrawn, say Catholic leaders

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and Catholic Charities USA said the Trump administration should withdraw its proposed rule to replace the Obama administration's 2015 Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing regulation because the new rule "undermines efforts to promote fair housing and human dignity."

COVID pandemic should raise questions about faith, pope says

Besides the immediate considerations of trying to stay healthy, to mourn the dead and protect others, the coronavirus pandemic should be prompting Christians to reflect on their faith, Pope Francis wrote.

Rome parishes to lend classroom space to public schools

Public schools in Rome, like elsewhere in the world, are scrambling to ensure the safety of students and staff while also resuming classroom instruction.

Notre Dame won’t host Sept. 29 presidential debate; venue moves to Ohio

The University of Notre Dame has withdrawn as the host site for the first presidential debate, with its president saying the health precautions required because of COVID-19 "would have greatly diminished the educational value" of having the debate on campus.