Politics & Society News
In just the first hour of a scheduled six-hour distribution effort at the school, 64 cars came through to get school supplies, laptops and food.
Faith News
"I don't like that word because optimism sounds to me like makeup," something false and superficial, he said. "I have hope in humanity, in men and women, and I have hope in the people."
Politics & Society News
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered all nonessential businesses in the state to close and nonessential workers to stay home, tightening earlier restrictions.
Faith Faith in Focus
Angelo Jesus CantaMarch 22, 2020
Pope Francis is calling us all to consider Mary not as an abstract helper but as a mother who has a proven track record of healing, protecting and watching over her people. 
Pope Francis is seen in a window greeting a few nuns standing in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican March 22, 2020, after reciting his weekly Angelus prayer from the library of the Apostolic Palace. (CNS photo/Alberto Lingria, Reuters)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellMarch 22, 2020
“In these days of trial, as humanity trembles at the threat of the [coronavirus] pandemic, I would propose that all Christians join their voices together to heaven,” Pope Francis said.
A woman reads a prayer book in the sanctuary of St. Mary Church in Appleton, Wis., on March 18,. Bishop David L. Ricken of Green Bay announced on March 17 that all public Masses in the diocese are suspended for the next four to eight weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic. (CNS photo/Brad Birkholz)
Faith News
Online donations may not be enough to compensate for the lack of a weekly collection plate in U.S. dioceses, writes Michael J, O'Loughlin, and Catholic charitable organizations are also being affected.
A border patrol agent walks along a wall separating Tijuana, Mexico, from San Diego on March 18. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
Politics & Society News
J.D. Long-GarcíaMarch 20, 2020
The “social distancing” required by the coronavirus is making it more difficult to provide essential services to migrants and asylum seekers stranded at the U.S.-Mexico border, writes J.D. Long-García.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks at the University of Alberta in Edmonton in January. (CNS photo/Candace Elliott, Reuters) 
Politics & Society Dispatches
Dean DettloffMarch 20, 2020
Among the emergency provisions are increases to family benefits, a six-month interest-free pause on student loans and a biweekly payment of $900 for sick or laid-off workers without employment insurance or sick leave.
Faith News
In France, the northern sanctuary of Lisieux, burial place of the St. Therese and her parents, Sts. Louis and Zelie Martin, closed its doors to pilgrims March 17, complying with a 14-day government curfew on all nonessential movement.
Pope Francis delivers the homily as he celebrates morning Mass March 20, 2020, in the chapel of his Vatican residence, the Domus Sanctae Marthae. (CNS photo/Vatican Media)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellMarch 20, 2020
The decree states that the faithful can gain this plenary indulgence in a variety of ways while the pandemic lasts, such as by praying before the Blessed Sacrament, making Eucharistic Adoration or reading the Sacred Scriptures for a half an hour or more.
Shoppers walk past empty shelves in a supermarket in Rugby, England, Thursday, March 19, 2020. Supermarkets are limiting the number of similar items shopper can buy to try and halt hoarding and panic buying. According to the World Health Organization, most people recover in about two to six weeks, depending on the severity of the illness. (AP Photo/Martin Cleaver)
Politics & Society Dispatches
David StewartMarch 20, 2020
In London, Cardinal Vincent Nichols has asked the faithful to “dig deep into our traditions and our resources to make sure that our prayer maintains a eucharistic heart and a eucharistic center,” citing a tradition, little engaged in recent times, of “spiritual communion.”
People at the Brooklyn Hospital Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., form a queue to enter a tent erected to test for coronavirus March 19, 2020. (CNS photo/Andrew Kelly, Reuters)
Politics & Society News
America StaffMarch 20, 2020
C.H.A. and the other organizations emphasized the need to increase medical capacity and testing, enhance the national supply of critical medical equipment, protect front-line care providers and technicians and improve coordination in treating patients.
Politics & Society News
Longtime home-schoolers told Catholic News Service the current moment gives parents the chance to spend more one-on-one time with their children while teaching skills and creating memories to cherish for a lifetime.
Faith News
Until the canonization of St. Romero in 2018, there were no official Salvadoran saints, though many Salvadorans throughout the decades, since the 1980 killing of St. Romero, prayed for his intercession and long considered him a holy person.
Faith News
The decree was signed by Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the congregation, and by Archbishop Arthur Roche, secretary.
A pedestrian walks past the New York Stock Exchange on March 19. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen)
Politics & Society Short Take
Paul D. McNelis, S.J.March 20, 2020
The federal government has the tools to stabilize the economy in the wake of coronavirus, writes the economist Paul D. McNelis, S.J. We cannot settle for delayed and piecemeal responses.
Arts & Culture Books
Christiana ZennerMarch 20, 2020
The book is characteristically careful, methodical and precise—hallmarks of Haight’s writing style and theological methodology. Readers familiar with the development of Catholic theologies of nature and creation will find much to converse with here, as will philosophical theologians.
Arts & Culture Books
Dominic LynchMarch 20, 2020
Walter Scheidel argues in "Escape From Rome: The Failure of Empire and the Road to Prosperity," that out of the Roman Empire’s ashes rose modernity.
Politics & Society Features
Kevin JacksonMarch 20, 2020
A changing legal landscape in college sports has renewed the discussion of what is “fair” for college athletes when it comes to compensation.
Arts & Culture Books
Patrick JordanMarch 20, 2020
This book is meant to arouse Christians, both their pastors and congregations, to the agonies and injustices perpetrated against Jews in the past and presen