Italy: Seven Priests among Fatalities of Coronavirus
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Italy: Seven Priests among Fatalities of Coronavirus

Seven priests have reportedly died in Italy of the COVID-19 coronavirus. They are the first priests known to have died from the virus, now a global pandemic which has struck Italy more gravely than nearly any other country in the world. Among them Monsignor Vincenzo Rini was a priest of the Diocese of Cremona, close…

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

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

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

Pope Francis: Livestreaming Mass from Casa Santa Maria
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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…

Dementia Prayer Week 12th – 19th March 2020
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Dementia Prayer Week 12th – 19th March 2020

For those who are hearing about it for the first time; this week was inspired by people with dementia -so deep was their spiritual thirst.We carry on this work by inviting you to  take part in Dementia Prayer Week, one or every day. Source: Redemptorists Publications Read more

Giving up Mass for Lent
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Giving up Mass for Lent

In various parts of the world, especially perhaps in Asia, bishops have cancelled Sunday Masses and other gatherings as a preventative measure against the spread of the coronavirus that causes Covid-19, a potentially fatal infection that seems headed to becoming a pandemic. It is disappointing, but sadly not too surprising, to see how many Catholics…

Pope Video March 2020 – For Catholics in China
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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…

Our Common Home: ‘Laudato Si’ in a Nutshell
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Our Common Home: ‘Laudato Si’ in a Nutshell

John Allen’s Light Hearted Take on the Pros and Cons of a Roman Sojourn for Priests
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John Allen’s Light Hearted Take on the Pros and Cons of a Roman Sojourn for Priests

Yet bishops and religious superiors continue to send priests to Rome to study, to work in the Vatican, to teach in a pontifical university, to work at the headquarters of some Catholic institution, and for myriad other reasons. A few become lifers, while most put in a few years and then move on to something…

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

Way of the Cross – Journeying with Refugees and Migrants
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Way of the Cross – Journeying with Refugees and Migrants

Pray with the Lord, journey with Refugees and Migrants Download Way of the Cross Source: Jesuit Refugee Service