Archive of March 25, 2020 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of March 25, 2020

First bishop known to die of coronavirus was missionary in Ethiopia

Mar 25, 2020 - 07:11 pm .- The Italian bishop of a missionary region of Ethiopia is the first Catholic bishop known to have died of the global coronavirus pandemic.

UK groups push for 'emergency contraception' expansion amid coronavirus outbreak

Mar 25, 2020 - 06:19 pm .- While the U.K. government has quickly backed away from rules allowing women to complete a medical abortion at home during the coronavirus pandemic, some groups are lobbying to expand legal access to emergency contraception, which can have abortion-causing effects.

At Fatima, 24 countries consecrated to Jesus and Mary amid the coronavirus pandemic

Mar 25, 2020 - 05:25 pm .- Twenty-four countries on Wednesday were consecrated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary at the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima in Fatima, Portugal.

Cincinnati archbishop's funeral to take place in empty cathedral

Mar 25, 2020 - 05:00 pm .- The funeral of the former head of the United States bishops’ conference and archbishop emeritus of Cincinnati will take place behind closed doors. A Mass of Christian burial will be said for Archbishop Daniel E. Pilarczyk in Cincinnati's Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains on Friday.

Miraculous crucifix moved to St. Peter’s Square for Pope Francis' ‘Urbi et Orbi’ blessing

Mar 25, 2020 - 03:10 pm .- The miraculous crucifix at which Pope Francis prayed Sunday for an end to the coronavirus has been taken down from its altar and transported to St. Peter's Square, so it can be present on Friday during the pontiff's benediction "Urbi et Orbi."

French church bells ring in show of solidarity during coronavirus pandemic

Mar 25, 2020 - 03:00 pm .- Church bells rang simultaneously across France at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday night, in a show of national unity amidst the COVID-19 outbreak and in commemoration of the Feast of the Annunciation. 

NY bishops worry state would go up in smoke after marijuana legalization

Mar 25, 2020 - 02:17 pm .- The New York State Catholic Conference on Monday indicated its opposition to a bill that would legalize the sale and use of recreational marijuana.

A sickness and a silver crown: How Saint Louis University survived the cholera epidemic of 1849

Mar 25, 2020 - 01:30 pm .- In the basement of St. Francis Xavier College Church on the campus of Saint Louis University stands a statue of the Blessed Mother and infant Christ.

UK government retracts rule change on chemical abortions

Mar 25, 2020 - 01:00 pm .- The U.K.’s Department for Health retracted changes to the country’s abortion rules Tuesday, hours after they were published online.

Vatican updates guidelines for Holy Week liturgies during coronavirus

Mar 25, 2020 - 12:01 pm .- After dioceses throughout the world suspended public Masses amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Congregation for Divine Worship has updated its decree on Holy Week liturgies.

Virginia governor makes attending church a criminal offense

Mar 25, 2020 - 11:00 am .- Virginia governor Ralph Northam has made it a criminal offense to attend church services of more than 10 people. An executive order went into effect in the commonwealth on Tuesday, March 24, making any non-essential gatherings a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail or a fine of $2,500. 

CDF issues new Eucharistic prefaces, optional saint feasts for extraordinary form of Roman rite

Mar 25, 2020 - 10:20 am .- On Wednesday the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith issued two decrees giving new Eucharistic prefaces and provision for the optional celebration of more recently named saints in the extraordinary form of the Roman rite, also known as the Traditional Latin Mass.

Senate passes coronavirus economic rescue bill

Mar 25, 2020 - 09:30 am .- The Senate reached a bipartisan agreement early Wednesday morning on a rescue package for the U.S. economy as part of the government response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Bishop Steven Raica to follow Bishop Baker as head of Birmingham diocese

Mar 25, 2020 - 06:56 am .- Pope Francis Wednesday accepted the resignation of Bishop Robert Baker of Birmingham, Alabama, nominating Bishop Steven J. Raica of the diocese of Gaylord, Michigan, as his successor.

Pope Francis: The Church’s pro-life message is more relevant than ever

Mar 25, 2020 - 06:00 am .- Pope Francis said Wednesday that the Church's pro-life message is more relevant than ever as the world faces the coronavirus pandemic.

Pope Francis leads Christians in global Our Father for God's mercy amid coronavirus

Mar 25, 2020 - 05:21 am .- Pope Francis Wednesday led Christians around the world in praying an Our Father to ask God’s mercy during the coronavirus pandemic, which is causing the suffering and death of many people.

‘Stay the course’ - Keeping the faith, keeping a restaurant, and helping employees amid coronavirus

Mar 25, 2020 - 04:00 am .- Favazza’s Restaurant has been an institution in St. Louis for over four decades. It’s located on The Hill, an Italian neighborhood well-known for its cuisine.

Pope Francis sends message of hope amid coronavirus

Mar 25, 2020 - 02:01 am .- Pope Francis expressed his “hope in humanity” in face of the drama of the coronavirus pandemic in an interview with Spanish journalist Jordi Évole for a television program aired March 22.

Priests have 'grave responsibility' to bring sacraments to the sick, Argentine bishops say

Mar 25, 2020 - 12:00 am .- As Argentina remains under a government-ordered lockdown to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the bishops of Buenos Aires have called on priests to “generously” offer their ministry to the sick.