Faith Faith in Focus
Holly Taylor CoolmanMarch 25, 2020
Self-denial is a kind of training. What we are aiming for is the spiritual athleticism that equips us to meet the demands that will come.
Faith The Good Word
Terrance KleinMarch 25, 2020
Nothing is more certain than death. Yet normally, nothing is more hidden from our view. We do most everything that we can to not look death in the face.
Faith The Word
Join us throughout the Lenten season as we offer a special presentation of the Gospel, Passion and Resurrection narratives. 
An usher at Notre Dame de Chicago Church in Chicago collects funds June 2, 2019. The Archdiocese of Chicago launched a site to collect donations to help parishes and those in need during the coronavirus shutdown, which has forced the cancellation of all public Masses for foreseeable future. (CNS photo/Karen Callaway, Chicago Catholic)
Faith News
To help Catholics support their local parishes, the Archdiocese of Chicago has created a website that donors can use to make a one-time or recurring gift to any parish they choose.
Pope Francis leads a global recitation of the Lord's Prayer from the library of the Apostolic Palace at the Vatican March 25, 2020. The pope and the Orthodox, Anglican and Protestant leaders who joined him for the prayer implored God's mercy on humanity amid the coronavirus pandemic. (CNS photo/Vatican Media)
Faith News
"We pray for the sick and their families, for health workers and those who help them, for civic leaders, police and volunteers and for the ministers of our communities," the pope said.
Susan Upton on March 18 at her family restaurant, Mambos, in Glendale, Calif., which is being forced to close after 32 years due to the coronavirus pandemic. (CNS photo/Lucy Nicholson, Reuters)
Politics & Society Short Take
Thomas J. ReeseMarch 25, 2020
In a pandemic, no one is safe unless we are all safe, writes Thomas J. Reese, S.J. In the United States, we did not prepare for a pandemic, but it is not too late for solidarity.
Faith Faith in Focus
John W. MillerMarch 25, 2020
Baseball didn’t fall from the sky. It is a gift, made by humans. It is exciting. It could disappear.
A patient in a biocontainment unit is carried on a stretcher at the Columbus Covid 2 Hospital in Rome, Monday, March 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
Politics & Society News
The medical and humanitarian emergency unfolding before their eyes has made it clear that the Western health care system of centralized hospital care cannot handle this and future epidemics and needs to shift toward more community-focused care.
Faith Podcasts
Colleen DulleMarch 25, 2020
On "Inside the Vatican," the hosts examine how the pope is using every spiritual and communications tool available to him to give people a sense of consolation.
Faith Faith in Focus
America StaffMarch 24, 2020
In these difficult times, priests and their lay collaborators in Jesuit ministries across the United States are offering spiritual consolation in the form of live-streaming liturgical services.
Franciscan Brother John-Sebastian Laird-Hammond, pictured in an undated photo, died from COVID-19 March 20, 2020. The 59-year-old friar from the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in Washington was the first person to die in the District of Columbia from the disease caused by the coronavirus. He suffered from leukemia and had struggled with the virus for about a week. (CNS photo/courtesy Greg Friedman, OFM)
Politics & Society News
Brother John-Sebastian Laird-Hammond, 59, was soon to join the Franciscan friars of the Immaculate Conception Province in New York.
A priest celebrates Mass in a chapel of the cathedral in Manila, Philippines, March 15, 2020. The Mass was livestreamed on Facebook following the suspension of large gatherings due to the coronavirus pandemic. (CNS photo/Eloisa Lopez, Reuters)
Politics & Society News
Many countries are characterized by huge cities containing neighborhoods that contain millions of people living close together in often highly unhygienic conditions. Even the most basic protocols for warding off COVID-19 are all but impossible to practice.
A man in Nashville, Tenn., picks up debris near his business March 3, 2020, after a tornado hit the area. In the Nashville Diocese, people and parishes, as well as Catholic Charities of Tennessee, are balancing their response to the coronavirus with ongoing tornado recovery. (CNS photo/Harrison McClary, Reuters
Politics & Society News
One of the chief concerns is how to provide counseling services to those who experienced the trauma of the tornado, followed by the anxiety surrounding COVID-19, when people are practicing social distancing and staying apart as much as possible.
Politics & Society News
The pope prayed for prisoners and their families who are unable to visit because of the Italian government's strict social-distancing measures.
A home visit in Paraná. Photo courtesy of the Rev. Diego Pelizzari.
Politics & Society Dispatches
Eduardo Campos LimaMarch 24, 2020
“As long as they remain in their territories, they can be somewhat safe. But their reservations must be closed to non-indigenous persons.”
Staff inspect medical equipment at an emergency hospital set up amid the coronavirus outbreak in Jakarta, Indonesia, on, March 23. (Hafidz Mubarak A/Pool Photo via AP)
Politics & Society Short Take
Kevin W. WildesMarch 24, 2020
The United States has a “can do” culture, writes Kevin W. Wildes, S.J., but the pandemic is forcing us to accept that we need clear ethical guidelines about how to allocate scarce medical resources.
The staff and 92 seminarians at the Pontifical North American College in Rome pose for a photograph March 15, 2020, on the steps leading to the seminary chapel. A week later, the college informed the seminarians that they should return to the United States because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. (CNS photo/courtesy of the Pontifical North American College)
Politics & Society Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellMarch 23, 2020
The decision to close N.A.C. was taken after the Italian prime minister over the weekend imposed new restrictions on the production of goods and the movement of employees.
Faith Faith in Focus
Colleen DugganMarch 23, 2020
What if each and every priest acknowledged the pain and devastation this scandal has caused?
Faith Faith in Focus
In the middle lands of these 40 days, I am burdened by the fact that our society has not yet reckoned with the ongoing sin of capital punishment nor the full extent of our country’s racist past.
Faith News
The Pope Francis Center, located next door to SS. Peter and Paul Parish, moved its operation entirely outdoors, setting up tents and stations serving hot coffee, juice and milk, in addition to hot meals.