Archive of April 1, 2020 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of April 1, 2020

Dominican priest, microbiologist sees hope for possible coronavirus treatment

Apr 1, 2020 - 09:35 pm .- In a recent blog post Fr. Nicanor Austriaco, O.P., S.T.D, Ph.D., said he sees reason to hope that the drug hydroxychloroquine could be used to treat the coronavirus, or COVID-19.

Pro-life leaders: N Ireland legal abortion thwarts protection for vulnerable

Apr 1, 2020 - 07:01 pm .- As the British Parliament's permissive abortion law takes effect in Northern Ireland, pro-life leaders strongly criticized the law, pointing to the coronavirus response as proof of the need to protect the lives of the most vulnerable.

Nautical ministry helps abused Filipino sailors amid coronavirus

Apr 1, 2020 - 05:33 pm .- Last year, a maritime charity rescued a group of migrant workers from an abusive situation aboard a fishing vessel in Scotland. The men recently returned home, but the non-profit continues to provide aid in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.

Boise bishop bans 'ad orientem' posture in 'ordinary form' Masses

Apr 1, 2020 - 04:34 pm .- The Bishop of Boise told priests last month that Mass in the diocese should not be celebrated in the ad orientem posture, and that material from “independent websites” is not appropriate for religious instruction.

Did China use slave labor to keep factories open during coronavirus?

Apr 1, 2020 - 04:00 pm .- Chinese authorities have been accused of forcing Muslim Uyghurs to work in factories as the coronavirus pandemic spread in the country. One religious freedom expert told CNA that the Communist government could be trafficking in slave labor.

Can I confess? Or be anointed? Here’s what’s suspended -or not- in your diocese

Apr 1, 2020 - 03:10 pm .- Many bishops have now also taken steps to limit or suspend access to the sacraments due to the coronavirus. Here’s a list of those dioceses.

Vatican authorizes special Masses and Good Friday prayers for coronavirus pandemic

Apr 1, 2020 - 12:01 pm .- The Vatican has asked priests around the world to recite a new prayer during this year’s Good Friday liturgy, and urged them to offer Masses for the end of the coronavirus pandemic.

Pope Francis prays for media covering the coronavirus pandemic 

Apr 1, 2020 - 05:00 am .- Pope Francis offered a prayer for media professionals who are covering the coronavirus pandemic before his daily Mass on Wednesday.

Don't be afraid to let the Holy Spirit purify your heart, says Pope Francis

Apr 1, 2020 - 03:09 am .- It is the Holy Spirit who leads us away from our sins and towards purity of heart, Pope Francis said at the general audience Wednesday.

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