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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'

Mar 12, 2020

By Jonah McKeown

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

Mar 12, 2020

By Courtney Mares

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

Mar 11, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

Mar 11, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

Pope Francis offers Mass in Casa Santa Marta on March 11, 2020.

Pope Francis offers Mass for prisoners after Italian prison riots

Mar 11, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Following prison riots in Italy, Pope Francis offered Mass for prisoners and persecuted Christians on Wednesday during his livestreamed daily... Read more

A depiction of the Fourteen Holy Helpers from Bavaria, 19th century, restored by Alois Liebwein. Public domain.

The Fourteen Holy Helpers: Plague saints for a time of coronavirus

Mar 11, 2020

By Mary Farrow

By this time in the coronavirus outbreak, you may have cruised the empty toilet paper aisles and pasta shelves at... Read more

St. Peter's Square following the announcement of a confirmed Covid-19 case on March 6, 2020.

Pontifical Academy of Life assembly attendee tested positive for coronavirus

Mar 10, 2020

By Courtney Mares

The Pontifical Academy of Life said Tuesday that only one attendee of a Vatican conference held in Rome ten days... Read more

Krakow.

Polish archbishop: Not praying in churches during coronavirus outbreak 'unthinkable'

Mar 10, 2020

The president of the Polish bishops' conference has asked for an increase in the number of Sunday Masses said in... Read more

St. Peter's Square following the announcement of a confirmed Covid-19 case on March 6, 2020.

Diocese of Rome cancels all public Masses, announces day of fasting and prayer

Mar 8, 2020

By Courtney Mares

The Diocese of Rome has canceled all public Masses until April 3 in response to the coronavirus outbreak. The announcement... Read more

The Sistine Chapel.

Vatican Museums closed until April 3

Mar 8, 2020

By Courtney Mares

The Vatican Museums will be closed until April 3 as a precautionary measure to help prevent the spread of the... Read more

Pilgrims in St. Peter's Square watch video broadcast of the Angelus March 8, 2020.

Pope Francis: Be strong in faith amid coronavirus trial

Mar 8, 2020

By Courtney Mares

In a video streamed live to St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis prayed for those suffering from the "coronavirus epidemic" and... Read more

Bishop Paul Swarbrick of Lancaster at his Mass of episcopal consecration and installation, April 9, 2018.

English bishop encourages faithful to receive in hand, or make spiritual Communion

Mar 6, 2020

The Bishop of Lancaster on Thursday issued a decree meant to reduce the risk of coronavirus transmission at Mass, which... Read more

Visitors inside of St. Peter's Basilica March 2020.

Vatican City confirms first case of coronavirus

Mar 6, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Vatican City has confirmed its first case of coronavirus, a Vatican spokesman said Friday.  Read more

Portland archdiocese: Coronavirus or no, Communion can be received on the tongue

Mar 4, 2020

The right to receive Holy Communion on the tongue has been affirmed by the Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon, which... Read more

Belley Cathedral in Belley, France.

French bishop: Fear the 'epidemic of fear' more than coronavirus

Mar 4, 2020

People should be more concerned about the epidemic of fear than the coronavirus outbreak, Bishop Pascal Roland of Belley-Ars has... Read more