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Historic New Orleans cathedral hauntingly quiet during private Mass

Historic New Orleans cathedral hauntingly quiet during private Mass

| Peter Finney Jr. | March 18, 2020 | 0 Comments

As sacristan Philip Alviar pulled the rope attached to the sacristy bell at exactly 12:05 p.m. March 17, he processed into the pristine and hauntingly quiet St. Louis Cathedral sanctuary, followed by Deacon Richard Brady and Father Philip Landry.

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Confession by phone: Priest says it could be right in some situations

Confession by phone: Priest says it could be right in some situations

| March 18, 2020 | 0 Comments

If a priest is wearing a mask and standing 3 feet or 6 feet away from a penitent requesting the sacrament of reconciliation, is he really more present to a penitent he knows than he would be by telephone?

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Priest begins offering drive-through confessions in church parking lot

Priest begins offering drive-through confessions in church parking lot

| Josephine von Dohlen | March 18, 2020 | 0 Comments

When public Masses in the Archdiocese of Washington were suspended in efforts to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, Father Scott Holmer, pastor at St. Edward the Confessor Parish in Bowie, Maryland, got creative about bringing the sacraments to his local community.

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Coronavirus restrictions could renew appreciation for community, faith

Coronavirus restrictions could renew appreciation for community, faith

| Carol Zimmermann | March 18, 2020 | 0 Comments

During the coronavirus pandemic, life as most people have known it, including parish life, has come to a halt.

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Masses on TV, social media provide alternatives to closed church doors

Masses on TV, social media provide alternatives to closed church doors

| Mark Pattison | March 18, 2020 | 0 Comments

In pandemic-unnerved America, we’re all shut-ins now.

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Once McCarrick report issued, Church urged to ‘make reparation, learn’

Once McCarrick report issued, Church urged to ‘make reparation, learn’

| Mark Zimmermann | March 17, 2020 | 0 Comments

Once the Vatican releases the McCarrick report, the Church must listen to the reaction to it in a “spirit of humility” and must seek to “make reparation, learn and keep moving forward in a new way,” said a leading U.S. woman religious.

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It’s Erin ‘don’t’ go Bragh as St. Patrick’s Masses, events are canceled

It’s Erin ‘don’t’ go Bragh as St. Patrick’s Masses, events are canceled

| Mark Pattison | March 17, 2020 | 0 Comments

If, as the bromide says, everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, what if there’s no sign of St. Patrick’s anywhere to be seen on March 17?

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‘When crisis strikes’: On St. Patrick’s Day, Irish bishops offer prayers

‘When crisis strikes’: On St. Patrick’s Day, Irish bishops offer prayers

| Sarah Mac Donald | March 17, 2020 | 0 Comments

With all St. Patrick’s Day parades and events canceled due to restrictions aimed at containing the coronavirus pandemic, most bishops and priests celebrated Masses via webcam or parish radio.

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In the time of COVID-19, the cloistered life offers lessons for the world

In the time of COVID-19, the cloistered life offers lessons for the world

| Rhina Guidos | March 17, 2020 | 0 Comments

People often telephone Sister Maria Elena Romero, a Capuchin Franciscan Poor Clare in Wilmington, Delaware, to ask for her to pray for a personal intention, to sound out a problem, sometimes just to cry.

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Following recommended virus precautions, national shrine closes its doors

Following recommended virus precautions, national shrine closes its doors

| March 17, 2020 | 0 Comments

The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington announced March 17 it has closed its doors to the public in response to the Centers for Disease Control and District of Columbia’s guidelines “and to support the efforts of authorities to minimize the spread of COVID-19,” the disease caused by the coronavirus.

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Science-solidarity combo needed to stop pandemic, says Vatican official

Science-solidarity combo needed to stop pandemic, says Vatican official

| Cindy Wooden | March 17, 2020 | 0 Comments

The effects of the coronavirus can be defeated only with a combination of science and solidarity, said the president of the Pontifical Academy for Life.

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Amid pandemic, half of U.S. seminarians in Rome returned home

Amid pandemic, half of U.S. seminarians in Rome returned home

| Cindy Wooden | March 16, 2020 | 0 Comments

About half of the U.S. seminarians and priests living at the Pontifical North American College and the Casa Santa Maria in Rome have left the locked-down city, the rector said.

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