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At least 60 Italian priests have died after contracting coronavirus

In the past week alone, more than 3,000 people have died in Italy after contracting the coronavirus. Among the dead,... Read more

Pope Francis prays following Mass in Casa Santa Marta on March 23, 2020.

Pope Francis prays for people facing economic hardship due to coronavirus

Pope Francis offered Mass on Monday for people facing economic hardship due to the coronavirus pandemic.  Read more

Pope Francis gives the Christmas "Urbi et Orbi" blessing Dec. 25, 2018.

Pope Francis to give a special Urbi et Orbi blessing amid coronavirus pandemic

Pope Francis announced Sunday that he will give an extraordinary Urbi et Orbi blessing on March 27 with the opportunity... Read more

Pope Francis looks out at an empty St. Peter's Square.

Pope Francis: As humanity trembles from pandemic, let us unite in prayer

Pope Francis has asked Christians around the world to unite in praying the Our Father prayer at noon on March... Read more

Battling virus and the 'invisible malice of malady', FSSP seminary trusts providence

Most of the community at the European seminary of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter are sick from coronavirus, and... Read more

Pope Francis' televised Mass and Eucharistic Adoration on March 21, 2020.

Pope Francis offers this spiritual communion prayer during coronavirus pandemic

As more Catholics around the world find themselves unable to receive the Eucharist due to the coronavirus pandemic, Pope Francis... Read more

Travellers at an airport in Chengdu, China wear masks to prevent infection from coronavirus.

Pontifical science academies urge better responses to coronavirus

The pontifical science academies issued a health statement Friday encouraging world leaders to make adjustments to short- and long-term responses... Read more

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

Two convents, one in Rome and one in a town nearby the capital city, have been isolated as the majority... Read more

Cardinal Joao Braz de Avis, prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life, at the Holy See press office, Dec. 14, 2015.

Cardinal encourages consecrated Catholics to protect their health, and to pray

The prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life on Wednesday encouraged religious to intensify their prayer during the... Read more

Undertakers wearing a face mask carry coffin in a cemetary in Bergamo, Italy on March 16, 2020.

At least 28 priests in northern Italy have died from COVID-19

Italian dioceses surrounding Milan have reported the deaths of 30 priests during the coronavirus outbreak.  Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square Oct. 23, 2019.

Pope Francis encourages small acts of love during coronavirus quarantine

While many are stuck at home during the coronavirus pandemic, Pope Francis says that there are many small acts of... Read more

The statue of Our Lady of Lourdes in the grotto in the French shrine.

French Catholics begin novena as Lourdes closes for first time in history

The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes has closed for the first time in over a century following new restrictions... Read more

How should healthcare be distributed when hospitals are overwhelmed?

As there are concerns over the ability of the healthcare system to manage the coronavirus pandemic, discussions are being had... Read more

The Church of Saints Dominic and Sixtus.

Churches in Rome can reopen for private prayer

Less than one day after the Diocese of Rome issued a decree to close all churches to the public, the... Read more

An empty St. Peter's Square amid coronavirus precautions, March 12, 2020.

Rome's church buildings closed through April 3

The vicar general of Rome, Cardinal Angelo De Donatis, announced Thursday the closure of all churches in the diocese through... Read more

National Guard members hand out food to residents near a one-mile radius "containment area" set up to halt coronavirus March 12, 2020 in New Rochelle, New York.

Places of worship caught in New Rochelle coronavirus 'containment area'

Places of worship in a New York City suburb are facing unprecedented measures to fend off the spread of coronavirus... Read more

Pope Francis offers Mass in Casa Santa Marta on March 12, 2020.

Pope Francis: Do not forget the poor during the coronavirus pandemic

The suffering of the poor cannot be ignored during the coronavirus pandemic, Pope Francis said Thursday in his televised morning... Read more

Pope Francis gives a rose to Mary in St. Peter's Square at the General Audience, Dec. 9, 2015.

Pope Francis asks Mary's protection of Rome against coronavirus

As the Diocese of Rome holds a day of prayer and fasting for victims of coronavirus, Pope Francis sent a... Read more

Cardinal Peter Turkson, prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development.

'Prayer is our strength': Cardinal Turkson's message during coronavirus pandemic

Cardinal Peter Turkson sent a message Wednesday encouraging Catholics to see the sacrifices required to slow the spread of coronavirus... Read more