Archive of April 3, 2020 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of April 3, 2020

Palm supplier sees business halved by coronavirus cancelations

Apr 3, 2020 - 11:55 pm .- Thomas Sowell and his wife own Southeast Palm and Foliage in Astor, Florida, in the middle of the state, about 40 miles west of Daytona Beach.

US religious freedom ambassador calls for release of prisoners of conscience

Apr 3, 2020 - 07:00 pm .- The U.S. religious freedom ambassador on Thursday called on governments to release prisoners of conscience during the new coronavirus pandemic.

Filipino seminary shelters tourists trapped on holiday

Apr 3, 2020 - 06:19 pm .- A Filipino seminary has opened its doors to over a dozen trapped tourists, who have been stranded since a mandatory lockdown was extended last month.

NY Catholic nursing homes in 'desperate need' of supplies to fight coronavirus

Apr 3, 2020 - 05:30 pm .- The threat of the coronavirus has hit nursing homes of the Archdiocese of New York especially hard, with families now being advised to bring their loved ones home if possible.

New York uses budget bill to legalize commercial surrogacy during coronavirus

Apr 3, 2020 - 05:00 pm .- The state of New York legalized commercial surrogacy as part of a budget bill passed on April 3. The law was condemned by the state Catholic conference. There are now just three states where commercial surrogacy is not legal. 

'Catholics for Trump' launches with online broadcast

Apr 3, 2020 - 04:00 pm .- The 2020 Catholics for Trump group said it aims to focus on its view that the president’s policies model and reflect Catholic social teaching.

Supreme Court delays Little Sisters of the Poor hearing because of coronavirus

Apr 3, 2020 - 03:30 pm .- The Supreme Court announced Friday that oral arguments in the case of the Little Sisters of the Poor have been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Coronavirus brings crackdown on house churches in China

Apr 3, 2020 - 03:00 pm .- Communist authorities in China are using efforts to control the coronavirus pandemic to step up enforcement action against Christians who worship in house churches, according to the human rights and religious freedom publication Bitter Winter. 

Cardinal Turkson brings rosaries to Rome hospital treating coronavirus patients

Apr 3, 2020 - 02:00 pm .- Cardinal Peter Turkson visited Rome’s largest hospital on Friday, encouraging staff and handing out rosaries blessed by Pope Francis.

'In the risen Jesus, life conquered death,' Pope Francis says in Holy Week video

Apr 3, 2020 - 01:30 pm .- Pope Francis on Friday sent a video message to Catholics around the world, urging them amid the global coronavirus pandemic to hope, solidarity with those who suffer, and to prayer.

Coronavirus crisis cannot justify discrimination, bishops say

Apr 3, 2020 - 01:00 pm .- The coronavirus pandemic does not justify abandoning medical ethics, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops told medical professionals in an urgent warning issued on Friday.

In Japan, Church finds 16 cases of child sex abuse

Apr 3, 2020 - 11:39 am .- A Japanese news agency reported Thursday that an investigation by the country's bishops' conference has found 16 cases of sexual abuse of minors by clerics, which occurred from the 1950s to 2010s.

Analysis: Policy and pastoral leadership in a time of crisis

Apr 3, 2020 - 10:49 am .- Bishops are struggling to adjust to the pastoral emergency which has accompanied the coronavirus pandemic. The results have been mixed.

Bergamo bishop: In coronavirus, churches as mortuaries an 'act of tenderness'

Apr 3, 2020 - 10:01 am .- The bishop at the epicenter of Italy’s coronavirus outbreak has said churches are serving as makeshift mortuaries as there are so many dead bodies “you do not know where to put them anymore."

Vatican extends lockdown measures through Easter Monday

Apr 3, 2020 - 09:00 am .- The Holy See has extended its lockdown measures through April 13, the Monday of the Octave of Easter, in accordance with Italy’s recently extended national lockdown

Cardinal Parolin says he hopes closed churches will reopen soon

Apr 3, 2020 - 07:00 am .- Vatican cardinal hopes churches will reopen "as soon as possible"

Pope Francis names new bishop of Belleville, Illinois

Apr 3, 2020 - 06:00 am .- Pope accepts resignation of Bishop Braxton, names new Bishop of Belleville

Jesus, livestreamed: Priests, bishops to offer 40 Hours Devotion via Facebook Live 

Apr 3, 2020 - 04:33 am .- When the plague struck the Italian city of Milan and the surrounding area in the 1570s, St. Charles Borromeo, then a cardinal, became well-known for his efforts to remind people of their faith in a time of sickness and death.

Colombian kidnapping victim says God is faithful

Apr 3, 2020 - 04:04 am .- Diana María Toro Vélez was kidnapped on a September day, as she drove home from Mass in the Colombian city where she lived. She spent 453 days in captivity. And she says that God’s grace kept her hope alive during the ordeal.

Pope Francis: Reflect on the seven sorrows of Mary, our Mother

Apr 3, 2020 - 02:45 am .- It is good to think about the seven sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary, who freely accepted her calling to be the Mother of God and our mother, Pope Francis said during his daily Mass on Friday.

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