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Faith News
Cindy Wooden - Catholic News ServiceApril 06, 2020
In an interview April 4 with Vatican News, the cardinal said that despite the war, up to this point Christians in Syria celebrated Holy Week and Easter every year, "even under the risk of bombs and mortar attacks."
Pope Francis leads a global recitation of the Lord's Prayer from the library of the Apostolic Palace at the Vatican March 25, 2020. The pope and the Orthodox, Anglican and Protestant leaders who joined him for the prayer implored God's mercy on humanity amid the coronavirus pandemic. (CNS photo/Vatican Media)
Faith News
Cindy Wooden - Catholic News ServiceMarch 25, 2020
"We pray for the sick and their families, for health workers and those who help them, for civic leaders, police and volunteers and for the ministers of our communities," the pope said.
Faith News
Cindy Wooden - Catholic News ServiceMarch 20, 2020
The decree was signed by Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the congregation, and by Archbishop Arthur Roche, secretary.
An empty St. Peter's Square is seen at the Vatican March 12, 2020. (CNS photo/Vatican Media)
Faith News
Cindy Wooden - Catholic News ServiceMarch 15, 2020
While public gatherings, including Masses, have been banned in Italy through April 3, Holy Week begins with the Palm Sunday liturgy April 5, so the notification from the Prefecture of the Papal Household was read as a sign that the ban would be extended, at least at the Vatican.
Politics & Society News
Cindy Wooden - Catholic News ServiceMarch 13, 2020
Vatican offices will remain open to ensure "essential services for the universal church," but each office is being asked to evaluate the best ways to provide those services while observing health precautions and guidelines on safe distancing to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Politics & Society News
Cindy Wooden - Catholic News ServiceMarch 12, 2020
The coronavirus pandemic has radically changed life in Italy.
Politics & Society News
Cindy Wooden - Catholic News ServiceMarch 11, 2020
Pope Francis continues to celebrate daily Mass which is livestreamed because of the coronavirus crisis.
Faith News
Cindy Wooden - Catholic News ServiceMarch 09, 2020
"Synodality," which literally means "walking together," has become a key topic of Pope Francis' pontificate, but one which has raised questions and even confusion.
Faith News
Cindy Wooden - Catholic News ServiceMarch 06, 2020
The Friday reflections in Lent, like in Advent, usually are led by the official "preacher of the papal household," who, for the past 40 years, has been Capuchin Father Raniero Cantalamessa.
Politics & Society News
Cindy Wooden - Catholic News ServiceMarch 02, 2020
As the number of people testing positive for the coronavirus in Europe continued to grow, the French Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes announced that pilgrims were still welcome, but the pools the sick bathe in hoping for healing would be closed temporarily.