Update: Court orders Trump administration to accept new DACA applications

A federal judge July 17 ordered the Trump administration to begin accepting new applications for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA.

Vatican: Laity have role, but most parishes must be led by priests

The Vatican's Congregation for Clergy issued a new instruction on pastoral care that specifies the role of lay men and women in the church's mission of evangelization and offers guidance in parish reforms and restructuring.

A young Catholic dad finds hope amid despair, destruction left by riots

Mike Stapp went to University Avenue in St. Paul May 29, the day after protesters and rioters ransacked and looted stores and businesses following the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers earlier that week. He expected to view rubble and ruin -- and he did. What he didn't expect to see was hope.

Padre Kino, declared venerable, known as ‘patron saint of borderlands’

Pope Francis formally recognized the heroic virtues of Servant of God Father Eusebio Kino July 10, officially elevating him to "Venerable" status, one more step on the road to canonization.

Bishop Olmsted statement on Padre Kino being declared ‘venerable’

The history of the Catholic Church in Arizona is synonymous with the growth and history of the State of Arizona, and Padre Kino is one of the foundational figures in that great history.

Hard-hit Italian hospital has no more COVID-19 patients in intensive care

Staff at the Pope John XXIII hospital in Bergamo -- once the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic in Italy -- announced they had no more patients with coronavirus in their intensive care unit.

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The Catholic Health Association July 7 said it was "deeply regrettable" that President Donald Trump has formally withdrawn the U.S. from the World Health Organization during a global pandemic.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