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Confession and anointing the sick rules clarified Comments 0

Monday, March 30th, 2020

Rules about the sacraments of confession and anointing the sick during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic have been clarified by the Vatican. Chair of the U.S. bishops’ committee on liturgy Archbishop Leonard Blair, sought the Vatican’s advice through the papal representative in the U.S., apostolic nuncio Archbishop Christophe Pierre. Pierre in turn checked with Archbishop Arthur Read more

Global ceasefire could save world from COVID-19 Comments 0

Monday, March 30th, 2020

A global ceasefire of all armed conflicts would help in the humanitarian battle against coronavirus (COVID-19), says Pope Francis. An additional humanitarian response needs to come from every government in the world, “to avoid tragedies” that could result from Covid-19 spreading in overcrowded prisons, Francis says. Francis issued these two passionate humanitarian appeals on Sunday. Read more

Industrial-scale deaths in one small town Comments 0

Monday, March 30th, 2020

Industrial-scale deaths and funerals have fallen to Father Mario Carminati’s lot since the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic took hold in Italy. Clusters of coffins arrive every day and are laid on the floor of St. Joseph’s Church in the northern Italian town of Seriate. “Authorities didn’t know where to put the coffins,” Carminati says. When enough Read more

Argentina’s president asks priests for help with COVID-19 Comments 0

Monday, March 30th, 2020

Argentina’s president has asked priests to help the national government flatten the curve of coronavirus in slum areas. Aregentina has 4,500 shanty towns and illegal settlements. Seven priests – including Bishop Gustavo Carrara – who live and minister in the slums of Argentina’s capital, Buenos Aires, met with President Alberto Fernandez last week. The priests’ Read more

Sixth Vatican employee has tested positive Comments 0

Monday, March 30th, 2020

The Vatican spokesman today confirmed that Pope Francis and his closest collaborators do not have Covid-19, but a sixth employee in the city-state has tested positive, following tests carried out “on more than 170 employees of the Holy See and residents at the Santa Marta guesthouse,” where Pope Francis lives. The news came in a Read more

Vatican employees balk at lack of full shutdown amid virus Comments 0

Monday, March 30th, 2020

The Vatican is under pressure to let more employees work from home as its offices remain open two weeks after the Italian government ordered Italians home and shut down all non-essential businesses in an urgent attempt to contain the coronavirus. Vatican employees in three different offices expressed alarm March 24 that superiors had adopted different Read more

Ukraine archbishop offers church property for hospitals Comments 0

Monday, March 30th, 2020

As more cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus are being registered in Ukraine, the head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church has said that he will lend ecclesial properties at hospitals if the need should arise. During a livestreamed March 22 Mass, Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk, head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, referred to a Read more

Convent in Turin isolated after 5 nuns die of coronavirus Comments 0

Monday, March 30th, 2020

Among the latest casualties of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak in Italy are five sisters belonging to a convent in the country’s northern Piedmont region, prompting the immediate isolation and quarantine of the remaining nuns. Roughly 90 miles from Milan, Turin holds 10 of the more than 30 deaths in Piedmont, which neighbors Lombardy, the region Read more

Pope’s “hope in humanity” amid coronavirus Comments 0

Thursday, March 26th, 2020

Pope Francis said he has “hope in humanity” during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. In an interview for a television programme this week, Francis was asked if he was “optimistic” in face of the pandemic. He replied, “that’s a word I don’t like, because optimism to me, I’m not saying it is, to me sounds like Read more

Conservative cardinal says Mass should be available during lockdown Comments 0

Thursday, March 26th, 2020

Conservative cardinal, Raymond Burke, has published a letter on his website saying access to Mass and the sacraments should be available even during the coronavirus pandemic lockdown. “In considering what is needed to live, we must not forget that our first consideration is our relationship with God,” Burke wrote. “That is why it is essential Read more