Archive of March 18, 2020 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of March 18, 2020

Fort Worth diocese will distribute Communion outside after Masses

Mar 18, 2020 - 06:00 pm .- Bishop Michael Olson of Fort Worth issued a pastoral letter March 18 detailing directives for the celebration of Mass during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. 

Confession by phone, Skype, or emoji? Could it happen during coronavirus pandemic?

Mar 18, 2020 - 04:35 pm .- As much of the world faces quarantines, social distancing, and “shelter in place” orders amid the coronavirus pandemic, Catholics have faced unexpected challenges in accessing - and offering - the sacraments of the Church.

Medjugorje 'visionary' says monthly apparitions have come to an end

Mar 18, 2020 - 03:40 pm .- A woman who claims to be a visionary of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Bosnian town of Medjugorje has said that Mary will no longer appear to her on the second of every month, as the woman she has done monthly since 1987.

Congress passes coronavirus aid bill

Mar 18, 2020 - 03:35 pm .- Congress has passed a second bill responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, including paid leave for coronavirus-related reasons for many Americans.

How a chaplain brings Christ to patients at Rome’s ‘Covid Hospital 1’

Mar 18, 2020 - 02:30 pm .- “When people need us, we satisfy their need for God,” said Fr. Cesare Pluchinotta, a chaplain in Rome’s primary hospital for Covid-19 patients. The difference in Pluchinotta’s ministry is he must try to fulfill these spiritual needs through glass.

Most people think of 'the pope,' not 'God,' when they hear 'Catholic'

Mar 18, 2020 - 01:30 pm .- A survey, published Tuesday, found that over half of respondents thought of either “the pope,” “Pope Francis,” or “Pope John Paul II,” when asked who is the first person to come to mind when they heard the word “Catholic.”

Former French priest convicted of sexual abuse of minors

Mar 18, 2020 - 11:42 am .- Bernard Preynat, a former priest of the Archdiocese of Lyon, was convicted and sentenced by a civil court Monday for the sexual abuse of minors.

Lipinski loses primary

Mar 18, 2020 - 08:00 am .- Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.), one of the last pro-life Democrats in Congress, lost his primary election to pro-abortion challenger Marie Newman on Tuesday.

Why have Mass with no one there?

Mar 18, 2020 - 07:00 am .- With public liturgies suspended in over 100 dioceses across the United States, CNA spoke to experts about the power and purpose of private Masses.

Everyone is in debt to God's mercy, Pope Francis says

Mar 18, 2020 - 05:49 am .- Showing and receiving God’s mercy are central aspects of Christian life – and everyone is in debt to God for the mercy he has already been shown, Pope Francis said during his general audience address Wednesday.

Pope Francis encourages small acts of love during coronavirus quarantine

Mar 18, 2020 - 04:40 am .- While many are stuck at home during the coronavirus pandemic, Pope Francis says that there are many small acts of love and kindness one can do for others without leaving the house.

Pope Francis prays for those who have died from coronavirus

Mar 18, 2020 - 04:36 am .- Pope Francis offered Mass Wednesday for all the people who have died from the coronavirus, including medical staff who have lost their lives after helping the sick.

‘Bless me, Father - but from 6 feet away!’ Coronavirus and confession

Mar 18, 2020 - 04:00 am .- Demand for confessions at St. Mary’s in downtown Lincoln, Nebraska, has always been high: it’s a centrally-located church with convenient, daily confession times and often multiple confessors.