Tag: Lockdown

African Church leaders work to curb domestic abuse during lockdown

African Church leaders work to curb domestic abuse during lockdown

| Fredrick Nzwili | May 19, 2020 | 0 Comments

On the night of May 9, Edward Okello, an aeronautical engineer, died when a kitchen knife was plunged into his chest. Vigilance Shighi later said she did not know how the weapon hit her boyfriend, who had beaten her.

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In the crosshairs: Vatican police recalibrated mission during war

In the crosshairs: Vatican police recalibrated mission during war

| Carol Glatz | April 16, 2020 | 0 Comments

The COVID-19 pandemic came at the worst time for scholars and historians who had been waiting for the March 2 opening of the Vatican archives’ material that spans the wartime pontificate of Pope Pius XII.

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East European Catholics draw lockdown parallels with communist rule

East European Catholics draw lockdown parallels with communist rule

| Jonathan Luxmoore | April 14, 2020 | 0 Comments

Although Catholics in most East European countries have backed measures to control the COVID-19 pandemic, for some it has also revived painful memories of communist rule.

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Pope prays for women, especially those facing domestic violence

Pope prays for women, especially those facing domestic violence

| Cindy Wooden | April 13, 2020 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis highlighted the many ways women are caring for others during the coronavirus pandemic, but he also offered prayers for those facing an increased risk of domestic violence during the lockdowns.

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Bethlehem family, on lockdown, prepares for Easter with films on saints

Bethlehem family, on lockdown, prepares for Easter with films on saints

| Judith Sudilovsky | March 19, 2020 | 0 Comments

Communal church life is an integral part of family life for George and Randa Sabat and their four children, but with a strictly enforced lockdown on the city and the two neighboring towns of Beit Jala and Beit Sahour, the family has been looking inward for spiritual support and a strengthening of their faith.

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Papal devotion: Especially in times of trial, pope turns to St. Joseph

Papal devotion: Especially in times of trial, pope turns to St. Joseph

| Cindy Wooden | March 19, 2020 | 0 Comments

St. Joseph is the patron saint of retired Pope Benedict XVI — Joseph Ratzinger — but Pope Francis’ devotion to the husband of Mary and guardian of Jesus is clear as well.

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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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