Dispatches

People wearing protective gear wait in line to be tested for the coronavirus (COVID-19) outside Elmhurst Hospital Center in the Queens borough of New York City March 25, 2020. (CNS photo/Stefan Jeremiah, Reuters)
Michael J. O’Loughlin March 27, 2020
The roughly 2,500 Catholic hospital chaplains ministering in the United States are integrated into the medical teams at many hospitals, and they are responding to the chaos engendered by the coronavirus crisis in various ways.
A home visit in Paraná. Photo courtesy of the Rev. Diego Pelizzari.
Eduardo Campos Lima March 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.”
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks at the University of Alberta in Edmonton in January. (CNS photo/Candace Elliott, Reuters) 
Dean Dettloff March 20, 2020
Among the emergency provisions are increases to family benefits, a six-month interest-free pause on student loans and a biweekly payment of $900 for sick or laid-off workers without employment insurance or sick leave.
Shoppers walk past empty shelves in a supermarket in Rugby, England, Thursday, March 19, 2020. Supermarkets are limiting the number of similar items shopper can buy to try and halt hoarding and panic buying. According to the World Health Organization, most people recover in about two to six weeks, depending on the severity of the illness. (AP Photo/Martin Cleaver)
David Stewart March 20, 2020
In London, Cardinal Vincent Nichols has asked the faithful to “dig deep into our traditions and our resources to make sure that our prayer maintains a eucharistic heart and a eucharistic center,” citing a tradition, little engaged in recent times, of “spiritual communion.”
 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)
Kevin Clarke March 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.
Vendor selling cell phone airtime in Kwekwe, Zimbabwe stock photo. iStock photo
Tawanda Karombo March 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.