Coronavirus: News, Reflections, Analysis. What you need to know.

This illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses. This illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses. Note the spikes that adorn the outer surface of the virus, which impart the look of a corona surrounding the virion, when viewed electron microscopically. A novel coronavirus, named Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China in 2019. The illness caused by this virus has been named coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

As news continues to develop about the spread of and response to the coronavirus pandemic, this page will be updated with reflections, analysis and the latest news. Bookmark this page or sign up for our daily newsletter to stay up-to-date.

Prayers and Reflections:

A Coronavirus Prayer 
Faith in the time of plague
Una Oracino por el Coronavirus
Una Preghiera per il Coronavirus
Read: Pope Francis’s prayer to Mary during coronavirus pandemic
My teenagers were exposed to coronavirus. Here’s what our family has learned under self-quarantine.
On watching a Mass on YouTube at which I was scheduled to preside
The good and beautiful things I’ve seen amid the coronavirus pandemic
Camus, community and coronavirus: What I’ve learned from self-quarantine 
How can we be the body of Christ when the coronavirus closes our churches?

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Analysis:

We must not allow the coronavirus to rob us of our humanity. How can we (safely) preserve it?
Podcast: Pope Francis makes pilgrimage through the deserted streets of Rome
I am a scientist working to stop coronavirus. We should cancel all Masses.
The Editors: How Catholics should respond to the coronavirus
Podcast: What is it like living in Rome during the coronavirus lockdown?
The fight against coronavirus faces another threat: declining faith in medicine
Podcast: Amid coronavirus scare, Pope Francis catches a cold
Facing the fear: How Covid-19 and H.I.V./AIDS responses compare

News:

Pope Francis tells Italian newspaper: ‘I asked the Lord to stop the epidemic.’
Pope Francis prays in Rome churches asking God to rid the world of the coronavirus
U.S. dioceses suspend Masses and close churches as coronavirus pandemic escalates
Catholic leaders urge Congress to act on escalating coronavirus crisis
Pope Francis: Governments need prayers to make hard decisions about coronavirus
What the church in Africa is doing to combat coronavirus
Pope Francis urges priests to tend to the sick and health care workers during coronavirus epidemic
Jesuit schools respond to coronavirus with closures
Bethlehem holy sites to be closed after coronavirus reported at hotel
As COVID-19 spreads, Catholic entities worldwide take precautions
U.S. dioceses adopt wide-ranging plans to limit spread of coronavirus
After slight cold, Pope Francis reportedly tests negative for coronavirus
Lourdes shrine closes healing pools as precaution against coronavirus

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