• China joins UN Human Rights Council panel despite troubling record, response to coronavirus

    China has been appointed to a panel on the controversial U.N. Human Rights Council, where it will help vet candidates for important posts -- despite its decades-long record of systematic human rights abuse that the U.S. has said fueled the coronavirus pandemic. Jiang Duan,... Read more
  • Estimates Show Wuhan Death Toll Far Higher Than Official Figure

    As authorities lifted a two-month coronavirus lockdown in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, residents said they were growing increasingly skeptical that the figure of some 2,500 deaths in the city to date was accurate. Since the start of the week, seven large funeral homes... Read more
  • U.S. indicts Venezuela’s Maduro, a political foe, for ‘narco-terrorism’

    The U.S. government on Thursday indicted Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and more than a dozen other top Venezuelan officials on charges of "narco-terrorism," the latest escalation of the Trump administration's pressure campaign aimed at ousting the socialist leader. The State Department... Read more
  • The Coronavirus and Missing Sunday Mass

    Today’s special episode reflects on the escalating climate around COVID-19 and provides three concrete actions to take when faced with Sunday Mass cancellations in your area. What should you do on Sunday if your diocese has been affected by the novel coronavirus or your health requires you to... Read more
  • The Fourteen Holy Helpers: Plague saints for a time of coronavirus

    By this time in the coronavirus outbreak, you may have cruised the empty toilet paper aisles and pasta shelves at your local grocery store, and could have had moments of panic, or at least heightened anxiety. With 13 U.S. states having declared a state of emergency over COVID-19, what was... Read more
  • German Bishops’ Chairman: Women Deacons Possible After ‘Synodal Way’

    Daniel Ibañez/EWTN BERLIN, Germany — The new chairman of the German bishops’ conference has said that calling for the ordination of women could be a conclusion of the two-year “synodal way” being undertaken by the Church in Germany. Bishop Georg Bätzing of Limburg said in... Read more
  • Being old in a time of coronavirus

    diadà / flickr The whole of Italy is now practically in quarantine. The COVID-19 infection has spread very quickly, particularly in the northern regions of Italy, but leaving untouched virtually no zone of the Peninsula. Moreover, as it was first diagnosed in one of the largest Italian... Read more
  • Pell’s lawyers make final case in High Court appeal

    Credit: John Macauley Canberra, Australia, Mar 10, 2020 / 11:30 pm (CNA).- The legal team for Cardinal George Pell laid out their case for appeal before Australia’s High Court Wednesday. Pell himself remained in his prison cell, not permitted at the proceedings, while his lawyers presented... Read more
  • Chinese campaigns to control Christianity worsened in 2019, watchdog says

    CNS photo/Paul Haring Beijing, China, Mar 10, 2020 / 04:11 pm (CNA).- The Chinese government’s campaign to develop “religion with Chinese characteristics” has increased persecution of the country’s Christians, the human rights watchdog ChinaAid has said. A 53-page report released... Read more
  • Pope Francis announces a 2022 synod on synodality

    Credit: Daniel/Ibanez/CNA. Vatican City, Mar 7, 2020 / 05:00 am (CNA).- The next ordinary Synod of Bishops will be a synod on synodality, the Vatican announced March 7. In October 2022, bishops from around the world will meet in Rome to discuss the theme: “For a synodal Church: communion,... Read more