Posts Tagged ‘Pope Francis’

Urbi-et-Orbi: Francis faces coronavirus ‘tempest’ alone in St Peter’s Square Comments 0

Monday, March 30th, 2020

On a bleak Friday evening, from the atrium of St. Peter’s Basilica, Pope Francis blessed the city of Rome and of the world. The ‘Urbi et Orbi’ blessing, ‘to the city and the world’, was delivered in an empty St Peter’s Square. In stark contrast, the blessing is normally given at Easter and Christmas when 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

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

Christian churches join in Lord’s Prayer Comments 0

Thursday, March 26th, 2020

Pope Francis, along with Orthodox, Anglican and Protestant church leaders and Christians throughout the world joined in simultaneous prayer on Wednesday to ask God to stop the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The Church of England also asked Anglicans to join Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury in praying with Francis, tweeting: “Please join us wherever you are. Read more

Vatican allows General Absolution during pandemic Comments 0

Monday, March 23rd, 2020

General absolution is allowed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Addressing the global difficulty Catholic priests are having in hearing confessions, the Vatican says it is acceptable for bishops to offer general absolutions to certain groups of people. While the norm is an individual confesses their sins and celebrates the Sacrament of Reconciliation, General Absolution can be Read more

Rediscover importance of small gestures, implores Francis Comments 0

Thursday, March 19th, 2020

People under COVID-19 lockdown and isolated in their homes should take advantage of the time they have with their families, says Pope Francis. Francis pleads we “rediscover” the importance of “small, concrete gestures expressing closeness and concreteness toward the people closest to us, a caress for our grandparents, a kiss for our children, for the Read more

New polls show Catholics’ increasing regard for the Church Comments 0

Thursday, March 19th, 2020

New polls in the US and UK show while regard for the Catholic Church is higher than it was this time last year, Pope Francis has fallen in favour. The latest Saint Leo University poll shows Americans’ favorable opinion of the Catholic Church in the US remains almost the same as in November, the public’s Read more

Pope visits deserted Rome, and prays Comments 0

Thursday, March 19th, 2020

Pope Francis visited a deserted Rome on Sunday to pray at two shrines for the end of COVID-19. The Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore was his first stop. Then he walked along one of Rome’s usually busy main streets to visit St. Marcello church. There he prayed before a crucifix used in a procession when Read more

Catholicism means pope, not God to many Comments 0

Thursday, March 19th, 2020

If asked about Catholicism, most people think of the pope, a Pew Research Center survey has found. The survey, published on Tuesday, found over half the respondents (4 percent) said “the pope,” “Pope Francis,” or “Pope John Paul II” when asked who they thought of first when they heard the word “Catholic.” Of those, 47 Read more

French bishop returns from Papal visit with COVID-19 Comments 0

Thursday, March 19th, 2020

French bishop Emmanuel Delmas of Angers, who has the COVID-19 virus, says his symptoms first appeared while he was in Rome earlier this month. Delmas was among 31 French bishops who met with Pope Francis during their ad limina visit on 9 March. The delegation included bishops from Bordeaux, Tours, Rouen, and other parts of Read more