Church services and Mass online cannot compare to or replace the in-person participation of the faithful, Cardinal Sarah told the world's bishops.
Rev. Matthew Hood thumbs through a missal at the altar of St. Lawrence Parish in Utica, Mich., on Aug. 21, 2020. Finding out he wasn’t a priest was a painful realization, but it came with the grace of knowing God’s providence, he said. (CNS photo/Michael Stechschulte, Detroit Catholic)
Simcha Fisher August 26, 2020
Simcha Fischer speaks with Father Matthew Hood, the priest from Utica, Mich., who recently learned his baptism as an infant had been invalid.
Catholic News Service July 28, 2020
The Vatican document bars laypeople from leading parishes and emphasizes the role of priests.
America Films July 23, 2020

Churches are beginning to reopen. Should you go back to Mass? Four of America's editors who recently attended Mass at their local parishes discuss the discernment process and safety measures around this question facing Catholics during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Mask-wearing at church has paralleled public mask use in general, which has seen variance across the state and country.
New York Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan leads a July 11, 2020, prayer service at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City during which he blessed the cremated remains of 250 Mexicans who had died from COVID-19. The majority of the deceased had been employed as front-line workers in the New York area. The Mexican consulate in New York helped plan the liturgy and arranged for the ashes to be transported by plane to Mexico following the service. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz) 
In a moving ceremony at New York's St. Patrick's Cathedral, Cardinal Timothy Dolan blessed the cremated remains of Mexican nationals who had worked in city hospitals at the height of the pandemic and subsequently died from the virus before they were flown back to Mexico for burial.