Archive of March 17, 2020 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of March 17, 2020

Pittsburgh procession will ask for divine protection from coronavirus

Mar 17, 2020 - 03:55 pm .- Fr. Nick Vaskov wanted to do something. He wanted to invoke God’s protection against the pandemic of the coronavirus, and call for the protection of the saints. He wanted to give witness to faith. So he decided to have a procession.

How are Catholics coping with school closures?

Mar 17, 2020 - 03:00 pm .- The coronavirus pandemic has caused Catholic schools across the United States to close. With no clear timeline for when they might reopen, parents, students, teachers and schools are finding innovative ways to balance distance learning and home life.

Coronavirus and the collection basket: Parishes feel quarantine cash crunch

Mar 17, 2020 - 12:20 pm .- Some parishes, especially those serving poor communities, have already begun feeling a financial pinch as they lose access to in-person parish collections.

Prosecutors appeal dismissal of Pittsburgh priest's conviction for sex abuse

Mar 17, 2020 - 12:01 pm .- Allegheny County prosecutors are appealing a judge's decision to vacate the conviction of Fr. Hugh Lang, who is accused of having assaulted a boy in 2001.

Ireland’s Msgr. Hugh O'Flaherty, a Vatican ‘defender of the weak’

Mar 17, 2020 - 11:05 am .- Msgr. Hugh O’Flaherty, an Irish priest who hid Italian Jews from the Nazis and went on to baptize the former head of the Gestapo in Rome, is world renowned for the heroism he displayed during and after World War II.

Do we have Mass? Coronavirus closures and dispensations in US dioceses

Mar 17, 2020 - 11:00 am .- CNA’s rolling coverage of restrictions and special measures taken by dioceses, organized by province, and the status of public Masses and school closings.

Nigerian nun died saving students at boarding school after gas explosion

Mar 17, 2020 - 10:23 am .- The principal and a security guard at Bethlehem Girls High School in Lagos died Sunday while helping students escape a burning building following the explosion of a gas pipeline.

Primate of All Ireland calls for ‘outpouring of works of mercy’ on St. Patrick’s Day

Mar 17, 2020 - 08:32 am .- “In Ireland we have a strong tradition that God is at our side in time of trouble,” Archbishop Eamon Martin, archbishop of Armagh said in his pastoral message on Tuesday, March 17.

French Catholics begin novena as Lourdes closes for first time in history

Mar 17, 2020 - 05:30 am .- The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes has closed for the first time in over a century following new restrictions in France to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Analysis: What could happen next for Cardinal Pell

Mar 17, 2020 - 05:00 am .- Cardinal George Pell remains in prison, while the seven justices of the Australian High Court consider his petition for special leave to appeal. There are four options open to the court.

Pope Francis prays for elderly, alone and scared during coronavirus pandemic

Mar 17, 2020 - 03:21 am .- Pope Francis prayed Tuesday for the elderly, who are suffering from isolation, loneliness, and fear during the coronavirus pandemic.