US Church

Bernard J. McNamara March 28, 2020
Catholic chaplains fighting a different battle in World War I: the fight against Spanish influenza
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.
Franciscan Brother John-Sebastian Laird-Hammond, pictured in an undated photo, died from COVID-19 March 20, 2020. The 59-year-old friar from the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in Washington was the first person to die in the District of Columbia from the disease caused by the coronavirus. He suffered from leukemia and had struggled with the virus for about a week. (CNS photo/courtesy Greg Friedman, OFM)
Brother John-Sebastian Laird-Hammond, 59, was soon to join the Franciscan friars of the Immaculate Conception Province in New York.
A man in Nashville, Tenn., picks up debris near his business March 3, 2020, after a tornado hit the area. In the Nashville Diocese, people and parishes, as well as Catholic Charities of Tennessee, are balancing their response to the coronavirus with ongoing tornado recovery. (CNS photo/Harrison McClary, Reuters
One of the chief concerns is how to provide counseling services to those who experienced the trauma of the tornado, followed by the anxiety surrounding COVID-19, when people are practicing social distancing and staying apart as much as possible.
The staff and 92 seminarians at the Pontifical North American College in Rome pose for a photograph March 15, 2020, on the steps leading to the seminary chapel. A week later, the college informed the seminarians that they should return to the United States because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. (CNS photo/courtesy of the Pontifical North American College)
Gerard O’Connell March 23, 2020
The decision to close N.A.C. was taken after the Italian prime minister over the weekend imposed new restrictions on the production of goods and the movement of employees.
A woman reads a prayer book in the sanctuary of St. Mary Church in Appleton, Wis., on March 18,. Bishop David L. Ricken of Green Bay announced on March 17 that all public Masses in the diocese are suspended for the next four to eight weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic. (CNS photo/Brad Birkholz)
Michael J. O’Loughlin March 20, 2020
Online donations may not be enough to compensate for the lack of a weekly collection plate in U.S. dioceses, writes Michael J, O'Loughlin, and Catholic charitable organizations are also being affected.