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Cardinal Tagle at the Synod of Bishops on October 9, 2015.

Cardinal Tagle urges leaders to ensure healthcare for all in coronavirus crisis

Apr 13, 2020

By Courtney Mares

In his Easter message, the president of Caritas Internationalis called on governments to ensure access to healthcare and social protections... Read more

Pope Francis gives his Easter message before the Urbi et Orbi blessing on April 12, 2020.

Pope Francis’ Easter blessing: May Christ dispel the darkness of our suffering humanity

Apr 12, 2020

By Courtney Mares

In his Easter blessing, Pope Francis called on humanity to unite in solidarity and look to the risen Christ for... Read more

An image of St. Jean-Gabriel Perboyre from Wuhan, China courtesy of Dr. Anthony Clark.

China’s first saint was martyred on a cross in Wuhan

Apr 9, 2020

By Courtney Mares

China’s first canonized saint was martyred by suffocation on a cross in Wuhan, the epicenter of today’s coronavirus pandemic.  Read more

Pope Francis prays during Palm Sunday Mass April 5, 2020.

Pope Francis on Palm Sunday: Let us stand before the crucifix in our homes

Apr 5, 2020

By Courtney Mares

On Palm Sunday, Pope Francis offered Mass in a nearly empty St. Peter’s Basilica and urged Catholics quarantined at home... Read more

A statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus inside the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Rome, Italy. June 9, 2015.

Archbishop Gomez to lead Good Friday Sacred Heart litany

Apr 4, 2020

“This Holy Week will be different. Our churches may be closed, but Christ is not quarantined and his Gospel is... Read more

Father Nicanor Austriaco, O.P.

Dominican priest, microbiologist sees hope for possible coronavirus treatment

Apr 1, 2020

By Mary Farrow

In a recent blog post Fr. Nicanor Austriaco, O.P., S.T.D, Ph.D., said he sees reason to hope that the drug... Read more

The flag of Nicaragua.

Nicaraguan bishops cancel annual pilgrimage, but mayor reportedly goes ahead

Mar 31, 2020

Local media in Nicaragua are reporting that despite the nation’s bishops’ conference suspending Mass and prohibiting large gatherings, the mayor... Read more

The flag of Vatican City with St. Peter's Basilica in the background.

Vatican flags at half-staff in solidarity with coronavirus victims

Mar 31, 2020

By Courtney Mares

More than 11,500 people have died of COVID-19 in Italy after a total of 101,739 people have been documented by... Read more

Pope Francis offers Mass in Casa Santa Marta on March 10, 2020.

Pope Francis prays for those who weep from coronavirus loneliness or loss

Mar 29, 2020

By Courtney Mares

“Many cry today. And we, from this altar, from this sacrifice of Jesus -- of Jesus who was not ashamed... Read more

An elderly homeless man walks along the colonnade of St. Peter's Square, March 15, 2020, days after their closure to tourists.

During coronavirus, Rome's homeless find refuge near the Vatican

Mar 28, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

Along the edge of Bernini’s colonnade, the semi-circular rows of columns which wrap St. Peter’s Square in Rome, many homeless... Read more

Supreme Knight Carl Anderson of the Knights of Columbus speaks at a press conference in Rome, Feb. 11, 2020.

As dioceses face coronavirus money woes, Knights of Columbus offer line of credit

Mar 27, 2020

The Knights of Columbus have offered a $1 million line of credit to Catholic dioceses to help dioceses and parishes... Read more

Pope Francis gives an extraordianry Urbi et Orbi blessing in St. Peter's Square, March 27, 2020.

The cross is our hope: Pope gives Urbi et Orbi blessing during coronavirus

Mar 27, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

On Friday, before an empty and rain-covered St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis held Eucharistic adoration and gave an extraordinary Urbi... Read more

The Texas capitol.

Abortion groups challenge Texas' coronavirus-driven elective surgery ban

Mar 27, 2020

Texas has said that elective surgeries, including abortions, must halt to free up medical supplies for the response to the... Read more

Mother Angelica.

Amid coronavirus, EWTN Radio to broadcast more Masses, devotional content

Mar 26, 2020

By Kevin J. Jones

At a time when Catholic Masses have been closed to the public and efforts to stem the coronavirus epidemic dominate... Read more

Pope Francis, April 21, 2019.

Pope Francis donates 30 ventilators to hospitals in need

Mar 26, 2020

Pope Francis has entrusted the Office of Papal Charities with 30 ventilators to be distributed to 30 hospitals in need... Read more

Illinois religious order funds hotel initiative to protect homeless from coronavirus

Mar 26, 2020

By Perry West

As homeless shelters have been limited by the coronavirus, the Clerics of Saint Viator will help fund an initiative to... Read more

Casa Santa Marta and the cupola of St. Peter's Basilica.

Vatican official living in Santa Marta tests positive for coronavirus

Mar 26, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

A Vatican official who is a resident of the guesthouse where Pope Francis lives has tested positive for coronavirus, according... Read more

Food pantries ramp up distribution, take precautions

Mar 26, 2020

By Jonah McKeown

Despite the closure of churches and lockdowns in place in many areas of the United States due to the coronavirus... Read more

Pregnancy Test.

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

Mar 25, 2020

While the U.K. government has quickly backed away from rules allowing women to complete a medical abortion at home during... Read more

'Quomodo sedet sola civitas' - a stripped altar on Holy Thursday 2015 at Mater Dei parish in Irving, Texas.

Vatican updates guidelines for Holy Week liturgies during coronavirus

Mar 25, 2020

By Courtney Mares

After dioceses throughout the world suspended public Masses amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Congregation for Divine Worship has updated its... Read more