“There is nothing more pagan and anti-Christian than to consider COVID-19 a punishment from God”, a Spanish bishop has warned.
The Irish Bishops have called for an inquiry into the “distressing” rate of COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes, saying that “lessons must be learned” from failures in the pandemic on how to build a “culture of life and care” for all.
On the morning of Pentecost Sunday, Pope Francis blessed a Vatican ambulance which will serve the poor of Rome.
Pax Christi has urged the world to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic with the “the two hands of nonviolence” and say “‘no’ to the false security of weapons and ‘Yes’ to human dignity”.
Despite the concerns of priests in the country, the Irish Bishops are eager “to move beyond the virtual” and return to public Masses post-COVID-19, drawing up a framework document in case the health situation should permit the resumption of public liturgical life before the current timeline of July 20.
The Association of Catholic Priests, a group representing over 1,000 priests in Ireland, has warned that a premature return to public Masses amid the coronavirus pandemic – before the date determined by health authorities, that of July 20 – would be “grossly irresponsible”.
Churches in Norway have denounced that the “uncontrolled” spread of COVID-19 in the Amazon is causing the “collapse” of health systems.
The Catholic Community of Sant’Egidio has launched an urgent appeal to safeguard the lives of the elderly in the COVID-19 pandemic, urging that “the generation that fought against dictatorships, struggled for reconstruction after the war and built Europe cannot be left to die”.
In an online address to the 73rd World Health Assembly, Archbishop Ivan Jurkovič, the Permanent Representative of the Holy See to the UN in Geneva, has reiterated the Vatican’s “strong support” for a COVID-19 global ceasefire and the easing of international sanctions amid the pandemic.
Doctrine, compassion, vengeance and money are combining to create the perfect storm for a row over euthanasia in Belgian hospitals.
The Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union has denounced that hospitals “were forced to give priority to younger patients over older ones” during the acute phase of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Pope Francis prayed especially for nurses during his daily Mass at Casa Santa Marta on Tuesday, International Nurses Day.
Catholic figures have signed an appeal insisting that future COVID-19 vaccines must be accessible to all.
Sweden’s cardinal has questioned the government’s refusal to implement a strict coronavirus lockdown.
The Catholic relief and development network Caritas Internationalis has warned that the number of starving people in the world could double as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and could reach as high as 230 million.
A Franciscan expert is warning of a “dystopia” if society delegates to contact tracing apps its response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Belgian Brothers of Charity are staying defiant after the Vatican stripped 15 psychiatric hospitals of theirs of the ‘Catholic’ label over those clinics’ practice of euthanasia.
Italian Caritas, since the early days of the COVID-19 emergency, has intensified its contact with and coordination of the 218 diocesan Caritas in Italy.
Sant’Egidio founder denounces “massacre” of elderly in nursing homes: “Institutionalisation cannot be the norm”.
An essay written by President of the Vatican Pontifical Academy for Life, Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia – “Pandemia e fraternità. La forza dei legami umani riapre il futuro” (“Pandemic and fraternity. The strength of human bonds reopens the future”) – has just been published.
A Vatican cardinal has denounced that COVID-19 is exposing the “vulnerability and fragility” of the elderly people living in nursing homes.
Pope Francis on Sunday said that, even in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, “we must continue the effort to prevent and cure malaria, which threatens millions of persons in many countries”.
In a special prayer for the end of the COVID-19 pandemic, Pope Francis has expressed his hope that the “enormous funds” spent on arms around the world may instead be spent “on promoting effective research” to prevent “tragedies” like the coronavirus from occurring in the future.
A Spanish priest has invited Catholics desperate for Mass during the COVID-19 pandemic to “become volunteers and give out food and medicine”.
The coronavirus is not God’s punishment, but rather our own self-punishment, a leading Vatican official has said.
On name day, Pope gifts ventilators to Romanian hospital struggling with COVID-19 in EU’s poorest region.