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Photographing Palm Sunday where the pope usually celebrates funerals

By Paul Haring  Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis celebrated a somber Palm Sunday Mass in a location he goes to most frequently for the funerals of deceased cardinals. With a staggering coronavirus death toll in Italy, … Continue reading

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Pope establishes coronavirus emergency fund for mission territories

By Junno Arocho Esteves  Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis established an emergency fund to help communities in the Catholic Church’s mission territories affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The pope has given an initial contribution of $750,000 … Continue reading

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Pope prays for solution to overcrowded prisons during pandemic

By Junno Arocho Esteves  Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — While countries have enforced social distancing measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, Pope Francis warned of serious consequences if the same measures aren’t applied to overcrowded prisons. … Continue reading

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Pope on Palm Sunday: Life, measured by love, is meant to serve others

By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — With a small procession down the vast and empty central nave of St. Peter’s Basilica, Pope Francis began the first of a series of Holy Week liturgies celebrated without the … Continue reading

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Text: In video, pope greets families at ‘difficult,’ ‘unusual’ time

Dear friends, good evening! This evening I have the chance to enter your homes in a different way than usual. If you allow me, I would like to have a conversation with you for a few moments, in this time … Continue reading

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Googling ‘prayer’ has skyrocketed with coronavirus spread, expert says

By Carol Glatz  Catholic News Service ROME (CNS) — Google searches for “prayer” have surged worldwide in step with the surge of emerging cases of COVID-19, according to a European researcher. The rising interest in seeking information about “prayer” on … Continue reading

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Prisons’ Passion: Via Crucis meditations reflect on aftermath of crime

By Junno Arocho Esteves  Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — While Pope Francis’ Way of the Cross service on Good Friday has been transferred to the Vatican because of the coronavirus pandemic, the meditations focus, as always, on those … Continue reading

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