Archive of March 13, 2020 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of March 13, 2020

Arkansas diocese cancels public Triduum services, but keeps ministry alive

Mar 13, 2020 - 05:55 pm .- As efforts to thwart the coronavirus pandemic continue, one diocese has announced that public Masses will be suspended until after the celebration of Easter, and that only new Catholics entering the Church will be permitted at parish and diocesan Triduum Masses and services.

Catholic and Orthodox Churches in Ukraine consider how to distribute Communion

Mar 13, 2020 - 05:10 pm .- The coronavirus pandemic has prompted discussions in Ukraine over whether precautions should be taken related to the reception of Holy Communion, especially as many in the country attend Churches where it is distributed from a common chalice and spoon.

Trump declares national emergency over coronavirus

Mar 13, 2020 - 04:00 pm .- President Donald Trump declared a state of national emergency on Friday, March 13, and outlined plans to help fight the spread of COVID-19.

House readies coronavirus response bill

Mar 13, 2020 - 03:30 pm .- The House on Friday readied a bill for passage to fund a response to the Coronavirus pandemic, including free virus testing and paid sick leave.

European Court of Human Rights declines to hear cases of pro-life midwives

Mar 13, 2020 - 02:12 pm .- The European Court of Human Rights has declined to hear the case of two Swedish nurses denied midwife jobs because of their refusal to perform abortions.

Rome's churches closed, then opened again. What happened?

Mar 13, 2020 - 01:47 pm .- Less than one day after the Diocese of Rome closed all Roman churches to the public, the cardinal who oversees the diocese reversed himself, saying he would leave that decision to parish pastors.

Archdiocese of Washington ‘directs’ National Shrine to suspend public Mass

Mar 13, 2020 - 12:32 pm .- The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception announced Friday afternoon it will suspend the public celebration of Mass, just hours after the shrine said it would keep to its public schedule.

'God does not abandon us': US bishops urge prayer, state action over coronavirus

Mar 13, 2020 - 11:30 am .- Catholic bishops in the United States offered prayers and encouragement as Congress considers a relief package for the Coronavirus.

Coronavirus quarantine: How Catholics in Italy are helping the poor 

Mar 13, 2020 - 09:54 am .- While Italy is under nationwide quarantine to combat the coronavirus pandemic, Catholic charities throughout the country are doing what they can to help the poor and most vulnerable.

'The doors of America's Church are open': National Shrine keeps public Masses after DC shutdown

Mar 13, 2020 - 08:30 am .- The shrine is maintaining its public ministry schedule despite the Archdiocese of Washington announcing Thursday that public Mass will be suspended in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Churches in Rome can reopen for private prayer

Mar 13, 2020 - 06:00 am .- Less than one day after the Diocese of Rome issued a decree to close all churches to the public, the vicar general revised the decree Friday saying he will leave this decision to the discretion of parish priests.

Pope Francis prays for pastors: 'Drastic measures are not always good'

Mar 13, 2020 - 05:03 am .- Pope Francis offered his Mass on Friday for pastors, that they might discern well the proper measures to take to protect their parishioners during the coronavirus crisis without leaving them feeling abandoned.