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Pope Francis Walks Alone through Rome’s Deserted Streets to Pray for End of Pandemic

Pope Francis walked through Rome’s deserted streets to pray for an end to the coronavirus as the Vatican said his Easter services will be held without the public for the first time. He left the Vatican unannounced on March 15 to pray at the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore and then walked along one of…

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Neighbourly Love in Times of Coronavirus – A Bishop’s Golden Rules

Think about who may be suffering more than me. For those of us who are healthy there is much less to worry about but the elderly, the housebound and those with chronic health conditions may be very anxious. How about each church undertaking an audit of all the vulnerable people they know and sharing out…

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Three Lenten Narratives from the Gospel of John: The Woman of Samaria

Welcome to our exploration of the great narrative in John’s Gospel where Jesus meets the woman of Samaria at a well; she immediately tries to end the conversation and disconnect from the encounter. Why? In everyday life, what do you say after you say “Hello”? More basically, some people might ask, “How do you get…

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Pope Francis: Livestreaming Mass from Casa Santa Maria

Yesterday, the Director of the Holy See Press Office announced that Pope Francis had decided that his 7:00 morning Mass would be broadcast in these days. This morning, Pope Francis introduced the liturgy saying “In these days, I will offer Mass for those who are sick from the coronavirus epidemic, for the doctors, nurses, volunteers…

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Pope Video March 2020 – For Catholics in China

Today, the Church in China looks to the future with hope. The Church wants Chinese Christians to be truly Christians, and to be good citizens. They should promote the Gospel, but without engaging in proselytism, and they need to achieve the unity of the divided Catholic community. Let us pray together that the Church in…

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U.K.: Cardinal Vincent Nichols on the Journey of Lent – through Art

For the beginning of Lent, Cardinal Vincent Nichols offers reflections on this painting in the National Gallery by the Italian artist Giovanni Battista Cima da Conegliano titled ‘The Incredulity of Saint Thomas’. It was commissioned in 1497 for the altar in the Church of San Francesco in northern Venice. During Lent we walk a path…