In a message Thursday addressed to his “brother priests,” Pope Francis thanked the Episcopal Conference of Lombardy, in Italy, which for six years has organised a Day of Prayer and Fraternity with elderly and sick clergy.
People who have religious beliefs wonder whether or not God is responsible for what we are suffering because of this pandemic we are enduring. Does God have the final say in this matter or not?
We are all invited to join an online prayer today, July 23 – promoted by religious around the world – for all those who are suffering from COVID-19 and from the injustice that may be preventing their adequate care.
This year, due to the pandemic of the coronavirus, the Ecumenical Patriarchate was unable to send a delegation to the Church of Rome on the occasion of her Thronal Feast, the feast of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul, on 29 June 2020.
“Jesus’ ministry proclaimed that poor and sick lives matter… That is why He asks us to be a field hospital and not a private clinic”, the Bishop of Derry, Donal McKeown, recalled in a sermon last Sunday.
On Tuesday, the US and British Ambassadors to the Vatican hosted an online event, ‘Women Religious on the Frontlines’, to highlight the selfless humanitarian efforts of sisters in every part of the world.
German and Austrian bishops have insisted that the coronavirus is “not God’s punishment” but instead an “invitation to think” to the world.
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.
“Don Orione inspires us to live this time of health and social emergency with seriousness, in full respect of the norms and public guidelines, but also with the fantasy of charity”.
An Italian priest has gone back to his former profession of nursing to care for the coronavirus sick.
At his Friday morning Mass in the Chapel of the Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis expressed his gratitude for those who think of others in this difficult time of the coronavirus pandemic.
Two Spanish clerics – one a victim himself of coronavirus, the other a hospital chaplain tending to patients with the disease – have told of days of “intensive priesthood”.
The coronavirus crisis has brought the world to a tragic, grinding halt. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t tiny specks of hope on the horizon, such as in Austria, where a cardinal has insisted that the question of women in Church leadership positions remains open.
The people of Ireland were Wednesday consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on this the Feast of the Annunciation of Our Lord for protection against the coronavirus.
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).
During his catechesis at the weekly General Audience, streamed due to coronavirus, Pope Francis stressed the connection between the Annunciation and the “Gospel of Life”.
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 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.
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.
Pope Francis has issued a warning to businesses over the coronavirus crisis, cautioning them “it’s not the time to fire people, it’s the time to welcome them”.
“Let us pray today for those persons who are beginning to experience economic problems because of the pandemic, because they cannot work.”
There’s an strong army on the frontlines of the battle against the coronavirus pandemic: it is the discreet, almost invisible, army of nuns.
Pope Francis on Sunday called for all Christians to respond to the coronavirus pandemic “with the universality of prayer, of compassion, of tenderness”.
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.