Category Archives: World

Nicaraguan officials stop church program to prevent COVID-19

By David Agren  Catholic News Service MEXICO CITY (CNS) — Health officials in Nicaragua have stopped a church program to prevent COVID-19 in the Central American country, where the government has downplayed the pandemic’s potential impact and encouraged the population … Continue reading

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Surgical masks, social distancing: Palm Sunday in Jerusalem’s Old City

By Judith Sudilovsky  Catholic News Service JERUSALEM (CNS) — Nadine Bitar wore a surgical mask and waited 109 yards from her home in the Old City — as permitted by the Israeli Ministry of Health — to receive a blessed … Continue reading

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U.S. seminarians from Rome have parish placements during pandemic

By Cindy Wooden  Catholic News Service ROME (CNS) — The U.S. seminarians who were studying at Rome’s Pontifical North American College have or are about to complete their 14-day quarantine at home and will be getting very unusual pastoral experience … Continue reading

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COVID-19 does what war couldn’t: churches closed in Syria, nuncio says

By Cindy Wooden  Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Cardinal Mario Zenari, the nuncio to Syria, said he is raising special prayers these days to Sts. Cosmas and Damian, fourth-century physicians who offered free care for the sick in … 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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Archdiocese to livestream display Shroud of Turin on Holy Saturday

Check back! We will update this story when we get the livestream address. By Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — With people forced to stay home, even during Holy Week, because of the coronavirus pandemic, the archbishop of Turin has … Continue reading

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During plague, Catholic Church waived taxes, other requirements

By Carol Zimmermann  Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — Correspondence can reveal a lot about periods of history and the letters written by popes during the Black Death are no exception. These documents, often responses to questions, provide a window … Continue reading

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