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With public gatherings, including Masses, banned in Italy to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the Vatican published an updated version of Pope Francis’ schedule for Holy Week and Easter. more
She had become nearly forgotten. Little is known about the young woman who was killed for her Christian faith, presumably in the second century A.D. But now, a pandemic is shedding light on her: St. Corona. more
Joined by Orthodox, Anglican and Protestant church leaders and faithful from around the world, Pope Francis led the recitation of the Lord’s Prayer, imploring God’s mercy on humanity amid the coronavirus pandemic. more
Pope Francis offered prayers for everyone, particularly families, facing financial difficulties because of the pandemic. more
In response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Pope Francis said he will give an extraordinary blessing “urbi et orbi” (to the city and the world) at 6 p.m. Rome time Friday, March 27. more
Anyone who has ever heard Cardinal Dolan—in personal conversation, interviewed on TV, giving a homily or addressing a conference—knows the archbishop of New York is not at a loss for words. Nor is he at a loss for words in his new book, “Who Do You Say I Am?” more
Pope Francis urged people to pray for parish priests so that they may find ways to accompany their people while the coronavirus pandemic continues to restrict movement around the country and the world. more
Acknowledging the fragility of human life because of the coronavirus, Los Angeles Archbishop Jose H. Gomez, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, shared a prayer for people who are ill with COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, and those responding to the pandemic. more
Here is a CNS translation of the prayer Pope Francis recited by video March 11 for a special Mass and act of prayer asking Mary to protect Italy and the world during of the coronavirus pandemic. more
In cooperation with Italian emergency measures, the Vatican has closed St. Peter’s Square and Basilica to tourists through April 3. more
Amid a nationwide lockdown due to the coronavirus epidemic, Pope Francis soldiered on with his weekly general audience and called on people to not forget those who suffer from war and violence. more
The passage of time seems to move almost at lightning speed. Incredibly, five years have passed since Cardinal Edward M. Egan entered into eternal life on March 5, 2015, and 11 years have passed … more
Fordham University announced March 9 that it was suspending public classes on all of its New York-area campuses and would continue these courses online March 11. more
During a live broadcast of his daily morning Mass, Pope Francis prayed for victims of the coronavirus epidemic and the many health care workers fighting its spread. more
The month of March is usually when tourists flock to the Eternal City after the cold winter months and pilgrims come to pray at many holy sites during the Lenten season. more
The Vatican health clinic was closed temporarily after a person tested positive for the coronavirus, the Vatican announced. more
The fast-paced nature of the digital age can cause young men and women to focus more on capturing moments for their social media rather than experiencing them, Pope Francis told Catholic young people. more
Optimism among pro-lifers ran high March 3 for a successful outcome to the first abortion case heard by the Supreme Court in four years. more
Cathedral High School in Manhattan has elected six new members to its board of trustees. more
Pope Francis has a common cold and has no symptoms that could be attributed to another illness, the Vatican said. more
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