A boy cries out for help as a half-sunken catamaran carrying around 150 refugees, most of them Syrians, arrives at the Greek island of Lesbos, Oct. 30, 2015. Turkey and Greece are trading blame following the deaths of Syrian refugees trying to flee to Europe. (CNS photo/Giorgos Moutafis, Reuters)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Kevin ClarkeMarch 19, 2020
Conditions at overcrowded refugee camps in Greece have become desperate, and Turkey has revived threats to renege on an agreement with the European community and to open its border allowing refugees through to Europe.
Faith The Good Word
Terrance KleinMarch 18, 2020
Horrible things happen in the dark when people are afraid. We must now give witness. If we live in the light, it should be evident. Even in a time of virus.
John Turturro plays Rabbi Bengelsdorf in the HBO adaptation of ‘The Plot Against America’ (photo: HBO)
Arts & Culture Television
Rob Weinert-KendtMarch 18, 2020
Reality may have caught up to Philip Roth’s imagination.
Faith News
Spiritual health also is important though and he said that during this pandemic, it is "important to prevent social isolation" even within religious communities.
Faith News
Public gatherings, including Masses, have been banned in Italy through April 3, two days before Palm Sunday.
Politics & Society News
The number of COVID-19 cases in Los Angeles County was 144 as of March 17, with additional cases in nearby counties.
Faith Of Many Things
Matt Malone, S.J.March 18, 2020
I am writing this column from my bedroom in New York on the seventh day of my self-quarantine. Last month I had the honor to co-lead America Media’s pilgrimage to the Holy Land with Father James Martin.
Pope Francis speaks during his general audience as it is livestreamed from the library of the Apostolic Palace at the Vatican March 18, 2020. (CNS photo/Vatican Media)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellMarch 18, 2020
Francis counseled: “Don’t waste these difficult days,” instead “rediscover” the importance of “small, concrete gestures expressing closeness and concreteness toward the people closest to us, a caress for our grandparents, a kiss for our children, for the people we love.”
Faith Faith in Focus
Simcha FisherMarch 18, 2020
It is good to know that people are still people, still willing to visit each other, still willing to bring hope, still willing to share what they have.
Faith Podcasts
Colleen DulleMarch 18, 2020
This week on “Inside the Vatican,” the hosts discuss the pope’s pilgrimage through the empty streets of Rome.
Tourists in Dublin walk with face masks to curb the spread of coronavirus on March 15, 2020. With all St. Patrick's Day parades and events canceled due to restrictions aimed at containing the coronavirus pandemic, most bishops and priests celebrated St. Patrick's Day Masses via webcam or parish radio. (CNS photo/Lorraine O'Sullivan, Reuters)
Politics & Society News
"The strength of a culture is seen, not when things are going well, but when crisis strikes," Bishop Donal McKeown of Derry said March 17 in his St. Patrick's Day homily in Londonderry, Northern Ireland.
Union Station's nearly deserted Main Hall in Washington, D.C., on Monday, March 16. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Politics & Society Short Take
Michael Rozier, S.J.March 17, 2020
We cannot allow the coronavirus to make us see others as a threat.
Faith Faith in Focus
Brian P. FlanaganMarch 17, 2020
In this time in which we are not able to encounter Christ in the assembly or the Eucharist, we always have the opportunity to encounter Christ in the vulnerable.
Vendor selling cell phone airtime in Kwekwe, Zimbabwe stock photo. iStock photo
Politics & Society Dispatches
Tawanda KaromboMarch 16, 2020
Many hope the church will repeat that activist role as political divisions depress the economy and the living conditions for average Zimbabweans, and as a severe drought threatens a hunger crisis for millions this year.
A sign outside of St. Matthew Church in Allouez, Wis., March 13, 2020, reminds people how to take care during the coronavirus pandemic. (CNS photo/Sam Lucero, The Compass)
Politics & Society News Analysis
Medically, the afflictions are quite different, and AIDS in the early days appears to have been much deadlier than Covid-19 today. Socially, the stigma that affected early cases of H.I.V. and AIDS is largely absent today.
Politics & Society News
Pope Francis prayed for families who are cooped up in their homes and for all those who are ill with COVID-19.
Politics & Society News
A reporting system accepting sexual misconduct allegations against U.S. bishops and eparchs is in place.
Politics & Society News
In a sign of how much the pandemic has grown, China now accounts for less than half of the world's 168,000 cases, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.
Faith News
After an appeals court found his sweeping 2012 trial flawed and his conviction was twice overturned, Monsignor Lynn, 69, is set to be retried Monday on a single child endangerment count.
Faith News
New Rochelle has the highest concentration of COVID-19 cases in the country. Gov. Andrew Cuomo directed schools in the zone to close and forbade large gatherings of people.