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Cindy Wooden - Catholic News ServiceApril 22, 2020
In April, as Italy and the Vatican moved toward their seventh week in lockdown, Catholic News Service asked several people for their "post-pandemic resolutions."
Politics & Society News
Cindy Wooden - Catholic News ServiceApril 20, 2020
On the recommendation of the Dicastery for Laity, the Family and Life, Pope Francis is postponing the upcoming World Meeting of Families as well as World Youth Day by a year because of coronavirus.
Politics & Society News
Cindy Wooden - Catholic News ServiceApril 17, 2020
The church and government in Italy are making plans which would allow for the gradual--though limited--resumption of public Masses and funerals.
Pope Francis leads Benediction during a prayer service in an empty St. Peter's Square at the Vatican March 27, 2020. Although the pope usually draws large in-person crowds, during the COVID-19 pandemic his assemblies have reached the faithful through television, radio and the internet. (CNS photo/Vatican Media)
Politics & Society News
Cindy Wooden - Catholic News ServiceApril 16, 2020
Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, former Vatican press officer, reflects on how Pope Francis is able to reach out to the faithful via the media during the pandemic.
Faith News
Cindy Wooden - Catholic News ServiceApril 08, 2020
Pope Francis said he knows it is not easy to be creative as the lockdown drags on, "but don't run away, don't take refuge in escapism, which in this time is of no use to you."
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)
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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.