“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.
“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.
Pope Francis has Bergamo in his heart and prays for its people every day, said Bishop Francesco Beschi of the northern Italian city.
The Italian Bishops’ Conference (CEI) has promoted a moment of prayer for the whole country struggling with the coronavirus pandemic.
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.
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”.
A Polish archbishop is downplaying the risk of COVID-19, saying that “Christ does not spread germs and viruses”.
A Warsaw village parish Sunday Mass with just one attendee was typical of the situation in churches around Poland this weekend as the coronavirus threat continues to bite there and around the world.
“In this situation of pandemic, in which we find ourselves living more or less isolated, we are invited to rediscover and deepen the value of the communion that unites all the members of the Church.”
Pope Francis began his Sunday morning liturgy at the Casa Santa Marta by recalling those who are sick and suffering.
The Spanish bishops have hinted at the cancellation of the country’s famous Holy Week processions after the government declared this Friday a “state of alarm” over the COVID-19 crisis.
Dublin’s St. Patrick’s Day parade to be held March 17 has been cancelled over fears of the spread of coronavirus, but Ireland’s Bishops are urging their fellow citizens to keep their spirits up and to “care for one another” during the outbreak.
Pope Francis has written an open letter, published in Padua’s daily newspaper, expressing his prayer and closeness to all those…
A French bishop has deplored the fearmongering around the coronavirus, lamenting that with the panic “it seems we’ve all lost our minds!”.
The closure of so many churches in Northern Italy, the suspension of the masses, the funerals with only family members and measures of this kind have left me a certain bitterness.
President of the Italian Bishops Cardinal Gualtiero Bassetti has told Francis critics to become Protestants if they don’t like this Pope.
“The truth about what happened behind the wires of the German Nazi concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau should not divide us in any way”.
The 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, in the spirit of Pope Francis’ words, obliges us to expressly fight against all acts that trample on human dignity: racism, xenophobia and anti-Semitism.
A rabbi is pleading with the Polish government and Pope Francis to close the church at the concentration camp site of Auschwitz-Birkenau.
An Irish bishop has warned of “a new culture which is trying to undo the truths of the entire Judeo-Christian system from the ground up”.
Priests have ‘blessed’ with their presence a re-enactment of the horrors of Auschwitz at a Polish primary school, complete with a mock gassing of victims.