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Five years ago, Pope Francis visited United States with message of encouragement

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Although the thought of standing with throngs of people for hours at a time seems foreign now in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, it was something tens of thousands of Catholics were happy to do in Washington, New York and Philadelphia when Pope Francis made his visit to the United States five years ago.

Quebec government limits churches to 50 people, 25 in riskier regions

MONTREAL (CNS) -- The Quebec government took religious leaders by surprise by announcing Sept. 20 that the maximum number of people allowed to participate in an event in a place of worship would be lowered from 250 to 50 in all regions of the province, starting Sept. 21.

Supreme Court: Full docket of religious liberty cases during nomination fight

CNA Staff, Sep 21, 2020 CNA.- As the Trump Administration looks to fill the vacant seat on the Supreme Court, the coming judicial session features a slate packed with religious freedom cases.

Vatican reaffirms, clarifies church teachings on end-of-life care

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- With the legalization of assisted suicide and euthanasia in many countries, and questions concerning what is morally permissible regarding end-of-life care, the Vatican's doctrinal office released a 25-page letter offering "a moral and practical clarification" on the care of vulnerable patients.