Archive of March 20, 2020 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of March 20, 2020

Detroit archdiocese sees spiritual confusion among LGBT Catholic dissenters

Mar 20, 2020 - 06:01 pm .- A dissenting Catholic LGBT advocacy group rejects Church teaching and confuses the Christian path to holiness, Auxiliary Bishop Gerard Battersby of Detroit has said.

Peruvian bishop rescinds permission for confession by phone

Mar 20, 2020 - 05:48 pm .- A Peruvian bishop has rescinded permission for priests of his diocese to hear confessions by telephone, just five days after authorizing them to do so.

Pontifical science academies urge better responses to coronavirus

Mar 20, 2020 - 05:03 pm .- The pontifical science academies issued a health statement Friday encouraging world leaders to make adjustments to short- and long-term responses to the coronavirus.

We don't need aborted fetal tissue to fight coronavirus, say ethicists

Mar 20, 2020 - 12:00 pm .- Efforts to combat the spread of coronavirus should not be used to override ethical restrictions on the use of aborted fetal tissue in medical research, Catholic bioethicists have warned.

Two Roman convents isolated as 59 religious sisters test positive for coronavirus

Mar 20, 2020 - 11:53 am .- Two convents, one in Rome and one in a town nearby the capital city, have been isolated as the majority of religious sisters in the communities tested positive for COVID-19.

Coronavirus in the Holy Land: How Catholics in the Jerusalem patriarchate are coping

Mar 20, 2020 - 11:30 am .- As Easter is approaching, the Holy Land is enduring tough times: the sacred sites are shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic, and pilgrimages have come to an end.

Coronavirus may cause 'grave necessity' for general absolution, Vatican says

Mar 20, 2020 - 11:05 am .- Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, head of the Apostolic Penitentiary, has said that the coronavirus pandemic may justify the use of general absolution, in extraordinary circumstances.

NY Catholic hospital to become specialist COVID-19 center

Mar 20, 2020 - 10:30 am .- A Catholic hospital in western New York will become the state’s first hospital entirely dedicated to treating COVID-19 patients, it announced on Thursday.

Vatican: Easter date can not be changed, despite coronavirus

Mar 20, 2020 - 09:30 am .- The Vatican department for liturgy published guidelines Friday for bishops and priests on the celebration of Holy Week, the Triduum, and Easter liturgies during the coronavirus pandemic.

Holy See grants indulgence to coronavirus patients and Catholics who pray for them

Mar 20, 2020 - 06:41 am .- The Vatican’s Apostolic Penitentiary has granted a plenary indulgence for people with COVID-19 and for those who care for them, including medical staff and family members, and for those who pray for them.

'Return home' through the sacrament of confession, Pope Francis urges

Mar 20, 2020 - 05:01 am .- Pope Francis spoke Friday about the importance of returning to God, the loving Father, in the sacrament of reconciliation.

How could a market downturn affect Catholic giving? A look at the data

Mar 20, 2020 - 03:01 am .- How might the market downturn affect how much US Catholics give to their parish and other Catholic causes?

Chaplains stay the course at Madrid hospital, amid coronavirus outbreak

Mar 20, 2020 - 12:00 am .- Spain is among the countries hardest hit by the global coronavirus pandemic; as of Thursday afternoon, more than 18,000 Spaniards have contracted the disease, and more than 800 have died.