A German bishop has hit out at what he sees as egotism and self-referentiality in the Church, saying that in Catholicism “we have too much ‘me'”.
The Patriarch of Venice, Francesco Moraglia, wrote a letter to the diocese on the occasion of the Easter solemnities that could not lived in the usual way due to the coronavirus pandemic.
In an Easter message, the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development has warned the world that a conversion towards integral ecology “is the only way we will be prepared to face the challenges of the future”.
After reciting the Regina Caeli in the library of the Apostolic Palace on the Monday after Easter, Pope Francis continued reflecting on how women are contributing during the coronavirus crisis.
At the morning Mass he celebrated in the chapel of the Casa Santa Marta this Easter Monday, Pope Francis prayed for politicians and scientists.
“Let us silence the cries of death, no more wars!”, Pope Francis cried Saturday at the Easter Vigil, pleading with the world: “May we stop the production and trade of weapons, since we need bread, not guns”.
“Women have to share power in the Church”, Luxembourger cardinal and President of the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union (COMECE) Jean-Claude Hollerich has insisted.
“I’m always available to lend a hand. Count on me”, Pope Francis has written to Mediterranean refugee rescuers.
“Let us not allow so much pain to have been in vain”, Preacher of the Papal Household, Capuchin friar Raniero Cantalamessa, has appealed to the world in a Good Friday service presided over by Pope Francis in a desolate St. Peter’s Basilica scarred by the coronavirus.
Pope Francis cancelled in-person liturgical celebrations at Easter. Other Christian Churches did the same, to avoid crowds that could expose the faithful to the risk of infection by the coronavirus.
There is another positive case of COVID-19 in the Vatican, as official Holy See news website Vatican News reports.
COMECE prepared a list of the main measures put forward in March 2020 by the EU institutions to fight the spread of the coronavirus.
The Catholic Women’s Council invites all women to hang white scarves from their windows and balconies on Easter Sunday to carry the resurrection message out into the world.
Italian bishops have slapped down right-wing populist politician Matteo Salvini who was angling for the reopening of churches at Easter amid the coronavirus pandemic.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
Pope Francis on Thursday handed over 30 respirators purchased in recent days to the Office of Papal Charities to be donated to intensive care units of hospitals in Italy and Spain that are most affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments issued a new Decree on Wednesday 25 March, entitled “In time of COVID-19” (II).
The Vatican has insisted that even despite coronavirus Easter “cannot be transferred to another time”.
The Prefecture of the Papal Household has announced that Holy Week celebrations in Rome will take place without the physical presence of the faithful, in an attempt to contain the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.