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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

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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

Pope Francis gives his Wednesday audience message on March 18, 2020.

Pope Francis: The Church’s pro-life message is more relevant than ever

Mar 25, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis said Wednesday that the Church's pro-life message is more relevant than ever as the world faces the coronavirus... Read more

Hospitals, states consider how to distribute healthcare if coronavirus surges

Mar 24, 2020

In Italy, which has the most deaths from coronavirus, some doctors have said they have had to overlook older patients... Read more

Prison chaplains adapt as coronavirus limits their ministry

Mar 23, 2020

By Jonah McKeown

The worldwide outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) is beginning to touch one of the populations in the United States most vulnerable... Read more

A nun looks inside the closed Monumental Cemetery of Bergamo, Lombardy, March 20, 2020.

Former Swiss Guard: the elderly are 'united in prayer' in coronavirus hit-Italy

Mar 23, 2020

By Jonah McKeown

Mario Enzler’s mother always wanted a big family.  Read more

At least 60 Italian priests have died after contracting coronavirus

Mar 23, 2020

By Courtney Mares

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

Mar 23, 2020

By Courtney Mares

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

Mar 22, 2020

By Courtney Mares

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

Mar 22, 2020

By Courtney Mares

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

Mar 21, 2020

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

Mar 21, 2020

By Courtney Mares

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

Mar 20, 2020

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

Mar 20, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

Mar 19, 2020

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

Mar 19, 2020

By Courtney Mares

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

Mar 18, 2020

By Courtney Mares

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

Mar 17, 2020

By Courtney Mares

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