Death penalty opponents decry first execution carried out amid pandemic

Catholic advocates against the death penalty spoke out against Missouri's May 19 execution of a death-row inmate, Walter Barton, whose death by lethal injection was the first execution to happen during the pandemic.

Fauci to Jesuit high school graduates: 'We will get through this'

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, is used to addressing the country about steps to contain the coronavirus, but in mid-May he spoke directly to graduates of the nation's 60 Jesuit high schools with words of encouragement and congratulations.

Shutdown of religious services in pandemic prompts varied responses

As the coronavirus pandemic has swept across the country, churches have been forced to follow states' stay-in-place guidelines, which some see as an infringement of their religious freedom.

Appeals court lifts lower court ruling blocking federal executions

A federal appeals court decision April 7 lifted a lower court ruling that had prevented the execution of federal death-row inmates.