Coronavirus

The economic strains of the pandemic have affected every entity, and despite some disruptions and upheavals, the American church is coping with new realities.
Catholic News Service July 16, 2020
Economic dislocation and food supply disruption as a result of the pandemic has increased the utility of food pantries, as evidenced in a New Jersey diocese.
The Paycheck Protection Program has helped parishes to keep church doors open during the pandemic, a time of increasing need for spiritual support. (CNS photo/Katie Rutter) 
Fran Rossi Szpylczyn July 16, 2020
The headlines have stoked cynicism, but the Paycheck Protection Program have helped U.S. parishes to remain open during the pandemic. Pastoral associate Fran Rossi Szpylczyn explains how.
A doctor gives medical attention to an indigenous man in early June at Hospital Nilton Lins in Manaus, Brazil, which is exclusively for indigenous people being treated for COVID-19. Brazilian Bishop Vital Corbellini of Maraba expressed his gratitude to Pope Francis after receiving a much-needed respirator and temperature gauge at another hospital treating indigenous coronavirus patients. (CNS photo/Bruno Kelly, Reuters)
The diocese said the respirator, delivered to the Campanha de Maraba Hospital July 12 by the apostolic nunciature in Brazil, was one of four sent by the pope to Brazil, which has the second-highest number of coronavirus cases in the world.
Catholic News Service July 15, 2020
Due to the new round of coronavirus cases, California has had to reverse course and reinstate closures. "Outdoor Masses and other liturgical services such as adoration and prayer services are allowed and encouraged," an L.A. archdiocesan news release said.
As a result of a public outcry and pressure, federal immigration authorities had agreed to rescind the directive and "return to the status quo."