Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Caritas Europa and the Jesuit Refugee Service Europe have called for the evacuation of refugee camps on the Greek islands.
Pope Francis celebrated the liturgy for the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord on Wednesday morning at the Casa Santa Marta chapel with special prayers for heroes on the coronavirus frontlines.
The Vatican has defended its decision to keep its offices open amid the COVID-19 outbreak after 3 workers tested positive for the disease.
The Papal Almoner has paid a visit to two congregations of nuns in Rome who are in quarantine because some of their members have tested positive to coronavirus.
Pope Francis began his Mass at the Casa Santa Marta on Tuesday morning thanking God “for the example of heroism” doctors, nurses and priests give us in caring for the sick.
On the coronavirus front in Spain – where just over 33,000 people have been infected with COVID-19 and over 2,000 have died – a mayor has told the Church to pay tax to help solve the health, social and economic crisis as two bishops have taken ill from the disease.
Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, Eamon Martin, called in a homily Sunday for “generosity and flexibility” from lenders and landlords amid a spike in coronavirus cases across the island to over 1,000.
There’s an strong army on the frontlines of the battle against the coronavirus pandemic: it is the discreet, almost invisible, army of nuns.
Two Conventual Franciscan friars of the Basilica of St. Anthony of Padua in Italy tested positive for coronavirus on Tuesday.
Pope Francis on Sunday called for all Christians to respond to the coronavirus pandemic “with the universality of prayer, of compassion, of tenderness”.
A French Jesuit economist has urged the world to learn lessons from the coronavirus crisis, warning “there will be other pandemics, that’s for sure”.
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.
“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.
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”.
The Italian Bishops’ Conference (CEI) has promoted a moment of prayer for the whole country struggling with the coronavirus pandemic.
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.
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.
“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.
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”.