A brief round up of the latest news from around the Catholic world.

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Vatican News

  • In one minute: Pope's Urbi et Orbi for an end to the coronavirus pandemic
    on March 28, 2020 at 11:06 am

    A short video-summary of the Pope's Special Urbi et orbi blessing on March 27, for a world suffering from the coronavirus pandemic. […]

  • Pope at Mass prays for those experiencing hunger
    on March 28, 2020 at 8:37 am

    Pope Francis’s intention for morning Mass celebrated at the Casa Santa Marta on Saturday morning is for all those experiencing hunger as a result of the measures to contain the coronavirus. (playback included) […]

  • Pope at Urbi et orbi: Full text of his meditation
    on March 27, 2020 at 7:17 pm

    Pope Francis meditated on the calming of the storm from the Gospel of Mark during the prayer service over which he presided on the steps of St Peter's Basilica on Friday evening. Here is the full text. […]

  • Pope’s special Urbi et Orbi blessing: ‘God turns everything to our good’
    on March 27, 2020 at 6:11 pm

    Pope Francis delivers an extraordinary blessing “To the City and to the World” on Friday to pray for an end to the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic. In his meditation, the Pope reflects on Jesus’ words to His disciples: “Why are you afraid? Have you no faith?” Full text included. […]

  • Mexicans fear coronavirus entering from the US
    on March 27, 2020 at 4:36 pm

    Mexicans are trying to blocade a border crossing linking the United States, claiming that travelers from the US could infect them at a rapid rate. […]

  • Fr Cantalamessa's third Lenten Sermon - Full text
    on March 27, 2020 at 4:20 pm

    In his third Lenten Sermon, the Preacher of the Papal Household, Fr Raniero Cantalamessa, OFM Cap., reflects on Mary, the Mother of God, who stood silent at the foot of the cross. The full text of his sermon follows: […]

  • Coronavirus: Pope’s Holy Week celebrations in St. Peter’s Basilica
    on March 27, 2020 at 3:21 pm

    The Office of the Liturgical Celebration of the Supreme Pontiff notifies that the liturgical celebrations of Pope Francis from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday will take place in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, without the presence of the faithful. The Stations of the Cross will take place in front of the Basilica. […]

  • Pontifical Academies propose lessons to be learned from Covid-19 pandemic
    on March 27, 2020 at 1:09 pm

    The statement, entitled "Responding to the Pandemic, Lessons for Future Actions and Changing Priorities", was issued by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences. […]

  • Coronavirus: Pope donates 30 respirators to hospitals
    on March 27, 2020 at 1:04 pm

    Pope Francis has destined the respirators to countries such as Italy and Spain, most affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Local bishops will decide on the hospitals most in need. […]

  • Pope's universal prayer streamed also in sign language
    on March 27, 2020 at 11:48 am

    A streaming channel in sign language for the hearing impaired is activated by Vatican News on the occasion of Pope Francis’ Extraordinary Universal Prayer for the end of the Covid-19 pandemic. […]

Catholic News Agency

  • Homeless in Madrid write letters of encouragement to coronavirus patients
    on March 27, 2020 at 8:01 pm

    CNA Staff, Mar 27, 2020 / 02:01 pm (CNA).- The residents of a homeless shelter in Madrid run by Diocesan Caritas have written letters of support to patients hospitalized with coronavirus at six hospitals in the region. “Life puts us in difficult situations. You just have to stay calm and not […]

  • Relics of St. Corona will be displayed in German cathedral, but after pandemic
    on March 27, 2020 at 2:30 pm

    CNA Staff, Mar 27, 2020 / 08:30 am (CNA).- A German cathedral will publicly display the relics of St. Corona, an early Christian martyr, once the COVID-19 outbreak has ended in the country.  The Catholic cathedral in the city of Aachen, western Germany, was already planning to display the […]

  • Croatian cardinal: 'We don't know God's plans' after earthquake and coronavirus
    on March 27, 2020 at 7:00 am

    CNA Staff, Mar 27, 2020 / 01:00 am (CNA).- Catholic leaders in Croatia say they don’t know God’s plans, after a 5.2 magnitude earthquake rocked the Croatian capital of Zagreb the morning of March 22, causing dozens of injuries and at least one death. It was the strongest quake to hit […]

  • Fr Julian Carron re-elected president of Communion and Liberation
    on March 27, 2020 at 6:01 am

    CNA Staff, Mar 27, 2020 / 12:01 am (CNA).- Fr. Julian Carron has been re-elected president of Communion and Liberation for another six years. The Central Diaconia of the Catholic fraternal organization voted unanimously to re-elect Carron March 21. The priest was first asked to help lead the […]

  • UK government to permit elective abortion in N Ireland up to 12 weeks
    on March 26, 2020 at 7:01 pm

    CNA Staff, Mar 26, 2020 / 01:01 pm (CNA).- The British government has published its legal framework for abortion services in Northern Ireland, which will come into force March 31. It allows for elective abortions up to 12 weeks of pregnancy. “Our guiding principles for this framework are to […]

  • UK groups push for 'emergency contraception' expansion amid coronavirus outbreak
    on March 26, 2020 at 12:19 am

    CNA Staff, Mar 25, 2020 / 06:19 pm (CNA).- While the U.K. government has quickly backed away from rules allowing women to complete a medical abortion at home during the coronavirus pandemic, some groups are lobbying to expand legal access to emergency contraception, which can have abortion-causing […]

  • French church bells ring in show of solidarity during coronavirus pandemic
    on March 25, 2020 at 9:00 pm

    CNA Staff, Mar 25, 2020 / 03:00 pm (CNA).- Church bells rang simultaneously across France at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday night, in a show of national unity amidst the COVID-19 outbreak and in commemoration of the Feast of the Annunciation.  Archbishop of Paris Michel Aupetit said that the […]

  • UK government retracts rule change on chemical abortions
    on March 25, 2020 at 7:00 pm

    CNA Staff, Mar 25, 2020 / 01:00 pm (CNA).- British members of parliament questioned Health Secretary Matt Hancock in the House of Commons on Wednesday over a withdrawn change to the UK’s abortion laws. The change would have allowed women to complete a so-called medical abortion at home […]

  • UK government retracts announcement allowing women to take abortion pills at home
    on March 25, 2020 at 2:01 am

    London, England, Mar 24, 2020 / 08:01 pm (CNA).- Hours after they were published online, the U.K.’s Department of Health has retracted changes to the country’s abortion laws that would have allowed women to complete a chemical abortion at home, without going to a hospital or clinic […]

  • Fr. Berardelli was a man of self-sacrifice, but reports of a donated respirator are not true
    on March 24, 2020 at 6:56 pm

    Rome, Italy, Mar 24, 2020 / 12:56 pm (CNA).- While Fr. Giuseppe Berardelli is remembered fondly by those who knew him as a man of kindness and self-sacrifice, the reports of a donated respirator passed along to a younger patient are not true, the secretary general of his diocese told CNA Tuesday. […]