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Mar 28, 2020 - 02:01 pm .- Along the edge of Bernini’s colonnade, the semi-circular rows of columns which wrap St. Peter’s Square in Rome, many homeless spend time during the day and sleep at night, as tourists and locals walk by.
Mar 28, 2020 - 11:05 am .- The Vatican said Saturday Pope Francis does not have the coronavirus, and that recent testing of 170 Holy See employees for COVID-19 resulted in only one new case.
Mar 28, 2020 - 07:00 am .- In a March 26 interview, EWTN’s Michael Warsaw said that the organization’s ministry is more urgent than ever.
Mar 28, 2020 - 06:00 am .- Facing limited hours and a shortage of supplies, crisis pregnancy centers are working and praying with pregnant women, helping any way they can during the pandemic.
Mar 28, 2020 - 04:29 am .- Pope Francis prayed Saturday for everyone who is going hungry, or who will go hungry, because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Mar 27, 2020 - 10:21 pm .- A Brooklyn parish announced Friday the death of its pastor, Fr. Jorge Ortiz Garay, who died of coronavirus. The priest is the first in the U.S. known to have died from the virus.
Mar 27, 2020 - 08:51 pm .- After rescinding a controversial policy concerning sacramental anointing of the sick, the bishop of Springfield, Massachusetts told priests Friday afternoon that anointing of the sick is “suspended” within the Diocese of Springfield.
Mar 27, 2020 - 05:23 pm .- The chair of the U.S. bishops’ committee on liturgy wrote to U.S. bishops Friday, to clarify issues related to the sacraments of penance and anointing of the sick which have arisen during the Church’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Mar 27, 2020 - 04:11 pm .- There are nearly 700,000 refugees living in close quarters in the world's largest refugee settlements in Bangladesh, making them vulnerable as the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic spreads. 
Mar 27, 2020 - 03:00 pm .- The House on Friday passed the $2 trillion relief package in response to the coronavirus pandemic, the third major piece of legislation advanced by Congress in response to the outbreak.
Mar 27, 2020 - 02:54 pm .- A Massachusetts diocese authorized a change to norms for the sacrament of the anointing of the sick, permitting a nurse, rather than a priest, to conduct the physical anointing, which is an essential part of the sacrament.
Mar 27, 2020 - 02:17 pm .- The Knights of Columbus have offered a $1 million line of credit to Catholic dioceses to help dioceses and parishes suffering from the financial effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
Mar 27, 2020 - 02:01 pm .- The residents of a homeless shelter in Madrid run by Diocesan Caritas have written letters of support to patients hospitalized with coronavirus at six hospitals in the region.
Mar 27, 2020 - 01:00 pm .- Several dioceses across the United States have dispensed Catholics from the canonical requirement to abstain from meat on Fridays during Lent, as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in certain food items becoming difficult to acquire.
Mar 27, 2020 - 12:19 pm .- On Friday, before an empty and rain-covered St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis held Eucharistic adoration and gave an extraordinary Urbi et Orbi blessing, praying for the world during the coronavirus pandemic which has killed more than 25,000 people.
Mar 27, 2020 - 12:01 pm .- Texas has said that elective surgeries, including abortions, must halt to free up medical supplies for the response to the coronavirus, but pro-abortion rights groups have filed a lawsuit challenging the order on behalf of the state's abortion clinics.
Mar 27, 2020 - 11:19 am .- Four men working in Iraq for the French humanitarian organization SOS Chrétiens d'Orient who went missing in Baghdad in January have been released by their kidnappers, the French president announced Thursday.
Mar 27, 2020 - 10:00 am .- The Democratic Party’s extreme support of abortion will damage its chances at the ballot box this fall, one outgoing pro-life Democratic congressman says.
Mar 27, 2020 - 09:00 am .- The pro-life ministry 40 Days for Life may have ended its public vigils outside abortion clinics, but it is urging its members to still pray and fast for an end to abortion.