Today it is said that medicine cannot stop the spread of coronavirus. However, a pandemic can certainly be stopped by the personal responsibility of everyone.
“Today, I would like to remember families who cannot leave their homes,” Pope Francis said at the beginning of the Saturday morning liturgy at the Casa Santa Marta chapel.
“Obviously, we must contain the pandemic, but at the same time we must bear in mind that there are countries suffering far more than we are”, the French Bishops’ president has recalled, urging Western populations to maintain “a sense of proportion” on the coronavirus crisis.
Despite the more than 265,000 positive cases and 11,000 deaths now recorded worldwide, there’s relative ‘good news’, too, on the coronavirus front: the hero priests going beyond the call of duty in the battle against COVID-19.
The Vatican has insisted that even despite coronavirus Easter “cannot be transferred to another time”.
In two key moves today in response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the Vatican said that the practice of general absolution – where a priest grants groups of faithful the forgiveness of their sins without individual confessions – may be permissible in some circumstances, and also that those Catholics who have been stricken by the virus or who are working or praying for its end can avail themselves of special plenary indulgences.
“One shouldn’t think that coronavirus is a punishment from God, it would be blasphemy”, a cardinal has warned.
“Roots, memory, brotherhood and hope”. Pope Francis has pointed the way out of the virus crisis as Italian president Sergio Mattarella has thanked him for his care and concern for the country, overwhelmed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Is remote confession and absolution possible in coronavirus times, due to the difficulty of getting to the confessional and finding a priest amidst the outbreak?
A Swiss bishop being called a “horror clown” and “cynical” has been muzzled by his diocese for comments on coronavirus reflecting “irresponsible and dangerous… superstition”.
This is a time when grave concerns for the health and safety of ourselves, family, and loved ones occupy our thoughts — and understandably so.
Pope Francis has Bergamo in his heart and prays for its people every day, said Bishop Francesco Beschi of the northern Italian city.
The Italian Bishops’ Conference (CEI) has promoted a moment of prayer for the whole country struggling with the coronavirus pandemic.
A notorious French pedophile ex-priest has appealed a 5-year sentence for abuse he committed over decades against at least 75 boys.
A cardinal and a theologian have blamed the coronavirus on “rich countries’ aimless experiments”, on the one hand, and the “retaliation of Gaia”, on the other.
The Italian Jesuit Service for Refugees and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) have denounced the death in a fire of a six-year-old girl in the Moria refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos.
Church group brings more refugees to France through humanitarian corridors: “Despite the coronavirus, we haven’t forgotten Syria”.
“Mercy, mercy, please, forgive”. Pope Francis made this appeal to the world today in his Wednesday General Audience, a plea he said was the cornerstone of his ministry as pontiff.
Pope Francis has offered some advice for getting through these tough coronavirus days: “a hot meal, a caress, a hug, a phone call”, as well as other “small gestures of attention” to those close to us.
“Today we pray for the deceased, those who have died because of the virus”, Pope Francis began the liturgy on Wednesday morning in the Casa Santa Marta chapel.
An Irish archbishop has said it is “utter irresponsibility” not to maintain social distancing in times of coronavirus, while an Irish priest has blasted Catholics who are continue to insist on receiving Communion on the tongue.
The Dublin archdiocese is looking for new lay ministries to connect beyond people around in the Church and ensure that it “thrives into the future”.
French laypeople are overcoming their own reluctance and the resistance of priests to claim their “rightful place” in Church leadership.
“An emergency like COVID-19 is fought especially with the antibodies of solidarity”, a Vatican official has insisted, as the famous Marian shrine of Lourdes in France was forced to shutter for the first time in its history.
“To extend the moratorium on the export of weapons used in the conflict against Yemen” is the request made in a new statement by the German branch of international Catholic Christian peace movement Pax Christi.
On a St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland sombre due to the coronavirus crisis, the Primate of All Ireland, Archbishop of Armagh Eamon Martin, has called for an “outpouring of the works of mercy” as church bells have rung out across the country “as call to prayer and social solidarity”.