A Portuguese priest is looking to banks to return their global financial crisis bailout and to fund the coronavirus rescue.
At 11.00 this morning, at the Altar of the Cathedra of Saint Peter’s Basilica, the Holy Father Francis presided at the solemn liturgical celebration of Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord.
Austrian Catholics are arguing from Church teaching for an Unconditional Basic Income during the times of the coronavirus and beyond.
German and Austrian theologians are proposing ‘do-it-yourself’ sacraments to beat coronavirus lockdowns as well as clericalism.
On Friday afternoon, Cardinal Peter Turkson, Prefect of the Dicastery for the Promotion of Integral Human Development, paid a visit to Rome’s Agostino Gemelli Hospital, which is tending to sufferers of COVID-19.
“In these turbulent, difficult and painful times, people have the possibility of doing one thing or another, many of them good”, Pope Francis said, introducing Saturday morning’s liturgy at the Casa Santa Marta.
Pope Francis’ Good Friday meditations this year will speak of hope beyond crime, concentrating on such sentiments as “no sin will ever have the last word”.
In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle has exhorted governments “to ensure healthcare and social protection for everyone”.
Bishop of Limerick Brendan Leahy has said that as a general public Ireland will need to continue to up its game in a collective fight to limit the potentially dreadful impact that COVID-19 can have on the nation.
Official Holy See news website Vatican News has denounced what it called a “global rise in domestic violence” cases in countries under coronavirus lockdowns.
German and Austrian bishops have insisted that the coronavirus is “not God’s punishment” but instead an “invitation to think” to the world.
In his prayer intention for Friday, during Mass at the Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis remembered those who are already focusing on the issues that will arise after the COVID-19 pandemic, including poverty, unemployment, and hunger.
Homeless people in Madrid have written letters of support to coronavirus patients, expressing to the sick sentiments such as “in difficult situations, don’t lose faith”.
Conservatives have bullied the Vatican into pulling from its news website an article on the environmental benefits of coronavirus.
“We will not stop. The international crisis due to the coronavirus once again shows how everything is interconnected”.
In an exclusive interview with Vatican Media, the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, confirms the closeness of the Church to those who are suffering during this dramatic time of the coronavirus pandemic.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact Europe and the world, the presidents of the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union (COMECE) and the Conference of European Churches (CEC) have issued a joint call stressing the importance of unity, calling all Churches, communities and political leaders “to show our commitment to European values”.
Pope Francis pleaded in his Mass at the Casa Santa Marta Thursday for “closeness” to the homeless and the victims of society’s other “hidden problems” in these days of COVID-19 “pain and sadness”.
In the midst of COVID-19, The Vatican Congregation for Divine Worship has issued a votive Mass “in time of pandemic” and a new intention for the Solemn Intercessions during the Celebration of the Lord’s Passion on Good Friday.
Vatican cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle has backed the call for an immediate coronavirus ceasefire around the world, saying that the idea of a truce, advanced by the UN Secretary General and by Pope Francis, among others, reminds us that “we must be protecting each other, not killing each other”.
Catholic groups including CIDSE – an umbrella organisation of Church development agencies in Europe and North America – have joined an open letter calling on governments to commit to a “healthier and more equitable future” after COVID-19.
“Our worst enemy is often hidden within our own hearts”, Pope Francis lamented in Wednesday’s General Audience.
An Italian archdiocese has warned people locked down over coronavirus against the dangers of digital “drugging”.
The late Henri Tincq, who succumbed to the coronavirus pandemic at the age of 74, was a prominent French religion journalist of a liberal Catholic persuasion.
Pope Francis’ prayer intention for Wednesday’s Mass at the Casa Santa Marta was “for all who work in the media, who work to communicate”.