Tag: COVID-19

‘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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CDC director ‘not shy about his Catholic faith,’ says Baltimore pastor

CDC director ‘not shy about his Catholic faith,’ says Baltimore pastor

| Tim Swift | March 16, 2020 | 0 Comments

When Msgr. Richard Woy sees Dr. William Redfield, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, on television these days flanked by medical experts issuing the latest guidance on the novel coronavirus he doesn’t just see one of the top health officials in the U.S., he sees one of the faithful.

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Vatican says public will not be admitted to papal Holy Week liturgies

Vatican says public will not be admitted to papal Holy Week liturgies

| Cindy Wooden | March 16, 2020 | 0 Comments

The Vatican office that distributes free tickets to papal events has posted a notice on its website that “the liturgical celebrations of Holy Week will take place without the physical presence of the faithful.”

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Catholic schools in archdiocese to close on or before Wednesday

Catholic schools in archdiocese to close on or before Wednesday

| March 15, 2020 | 0 Comments

The decision followed Gov. Tim Walz’s decision to close Minnesota’s public schools for eight days beginning March 18.

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Catholic schools in archdiocese advised to ‘pause’ two days next week to prepare for potential closures

Catholic schools in archdiocese advised to ‘pause’ two days next week to prepare for potential closures

| March 15, 2020 | 0 Comments

“These are not ordinary times,” Slattery said in the email. “Our approach will not be perfect, but we will rely on the prevailing wisdom of public health officials and discernment of our own trusting in the help of God.”

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USCCB president offers reflection, prayer in this time of the coronavirus

USCCB president offers reflection, prayer in this time of the coronavirus

| March 13, 2020 | 0 Comments

Acknowledging the fragility of human life because of the coronavirus, Los Angeles Archbishop Jose H. Gomez, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, shared a prayer for people who are ill with COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, and those responding to the pandemic.

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Coronavirus leads to Mass suspension in Seattle, dispensation in Kentucky

Coronavirus leads to Mass suspension in Seattle, dispensation in Kentucky

| Rhina Guidos | March 12, 2020 | 0 Comments

The Archdiocese of Seattle became the first in the country to announce March 11 the temporary suspension of all public Masses to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

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St. Thomas Academy, Visitation close after parent diagnosed with COVID-19; archdiocese outlines plan for potential Catholic school closures

St. Thomas Academy, Visitation close after parent diagnosed with COVID-19; archdiocese outlines plan for potential Catholic school closures

| March 12, 2020 | 0 Comments

The parent of a St. Thomas Academy student has tested positive for COVID-19, and the Mendota Heights school has cancelled classes and activities for March 12-13 “out of an abundance of caution,” according to a school leader.

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Pope urges priests to tend to sick, health care workers during epidemic

Pope urges priests to tend to sick, health care workers during epidemic

| Carol Glatz | March 10, 2020 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis prayed that priests would find the courage to visit those who are sick and offer accompaniment to health care professionals and volunteers working during the coronavirus epidemic while also keeping themselves and others safe.

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