The economic strains of the pandemic have affected every entity, and despite some disruptions and upheavals, the American church is coping with new realities.
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 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.
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.
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."