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Pope Francis at Palm Sunday Mass in near-empty St. Peter’s Basilica: ‘Let us stand before the crucifix in our homes’


The Catholic Church has a chance to help Africa during its pandemic ‘before’...
John Allen
As Italy appears to have flattened the curve of its coronavirus pandemic, talk is already in the air about what comes next. Italian papers are full of speculation about a staggered return to normality, as well as who might gain or lose politically once the “forced armistice” of a national quarantine dissolves. More than once in recent days...


Do not put the Lord to the test: Lessons for the coronavirus pandemic...


This Sunday, live the Passion in your life...
Tom Hoopes
As the Gospel opens, Judas says, “What are you willing to give me if I hand him over to you?” That is the basic form of each of our sins, as we barter to understand what we can get or do that is better than Christ. Peter’s sin comes from his quick embrace of Jesus followed by his hasty denial. He tells Jesus that his faith will never be shaken...


Palm Sunday: See what the end shall be...
Msgr. Charles Pope
The Passion, which we read in the liturgy for Palm Sunday, is too long to comment on in detail, so we will only examine a portion of it here. It may be of some value to examine the problems associated with the more moderate range of personalities involved. The usual villains (the Temple leaders, Judas, and the recruited crowd shouting...


How to make a DIY face shield out of a 2-liter bottle of pop...


Father Ed Broom: How to resist the attacks of the devil...


Cocktails may not make the coronavirus go away, but used in moderation they can steel our courage...


Transforming quarantine into retreat...
George Weigel
This bruising Lent, in which “fasting” has assumed unprecedented new forms, seems likely to be followed by an Eastertide of further spiritual disruption. What is God’s purpose in all this? I would be reluctant to speculate. But at the very least, the dislocations we experience – whether aggravating inconvenience, grave illness...


What everyone’s getting wrong about the toilet paper shortage...


How an iPhone fitness app accidentally revealed the location of secret U.S. military bases across the world...


The most scenic hike in every state...


A walking pilgrimage to Rome’s few churches left open during the quarantine...
Edward Pentin
Not much of Rome is open during this period of quarantine, but are any of the city’s nearly 400 churches? To find out, I briefly took a short break from our quasi-house arrest to seek out some open churches, particularly the ancient ‘station churches’ — those traditionally open for morning and evening liturgies during Lent...


What does this pandemic mean in the light of God’s providence? Why has He permitted this? What is God saying?
Tom Neal
What does this pandemic mean in the light of God’s providence? Why has He permitted this? What is God saying? These kinds of questions are, naturally, found everywhere among people of faith these days. And quite a number of people have freely posed very specific answers that betray extraordinary access to the mind of God. I myself would never venture such stunning certitudes...


English Church official: People ‘finding their own ways’ to unite to Easter...
Charles Collins
As England prepares to celebrate Holy Week, the secretary of the bishops’ conference liturgy office says the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic is making everyone “aware now that they are in this together.” Like much of the world, England will be celebrating the most sacred part of the Church calendar in isolation. Priests will perform the liturgies...


Palm supplier sees Palm Sunday business halved by coronavirus cancellations...


Here’s how to make your own face mask...


12 things everyone needs to know about the coronavirus pandemic, based on the newest data...

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As Pittsburgh’s steel mills have closed, so its people have drifted away from the Church...
David Mills
You drive up the hill, through the narrow streets and short blocks of a typical working-class neighbourhood in an old eastern city. At the top, backed up against the ridge, sits a grey stone church that boasts more relics than any church outside the Vatican: some 5,000 of them, all told. A wealthy Belgian doctor, Suitbert Mollinger...


Priest carries Blessed Sacrament on rooftop of his Paris church...


Les Miserables: The funnest coronavirus video you’ll see all week...


Beauty and the Beast: The second-funnest coronavirus video you’ll see all week...


God has a great purpose for this time in the Church and the world. Be certain that He has been preparing you, and He wants to use you...


Why Jesus will surely act in this time...


How a Jehovah’s Witness was “stunned” when he discovered the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist...


The Two Forties: The Holy Eucharist within quarantine and Lent...
R. Jared Staudt
The word quarantine comes from a contraction of the Italian words (in the Venetian dialect) for 40 days, referring to the length of time a ship would have to remain in port during the Black Death. It’s not the only Italian word that refers to 40 days: la Quaresima, the Italian word for Lent, also means 40. Latin and the Romance languages all refer to Lent as “the forty...


Holy Week is almost here, and I have coronavirus...
Deacon Steven Greydanus
When the nurse practitioner said, “Your test was positive,” I almost involuntarily burst out, “Oh, thank goodness.” I had been fearing a negative result for days. I wouldn’t have trusted it, for one thing — I was pretty sure I had COVID, and that my lady Suzanne did as well, along with at least half of our kids. (I now think all six who are currently living here got it to one degree or another...


In connecting Chinese adoptees to birth families, couple makes discovery about China’s one-child policy...


This priest in the Bronx is asking for 3 days of your fasting and prayer...


Looks like M*A*S*H had this coronavirus epidemic on its radar years ago...


These two young French pilgrims spent a year walking to Jerusalem...
John Burger
We are all a little bit pilgrims, all our lives,” says Benoit Garnier. Garnier might be speaking metaphorically, but for one very intense year, he and friend Ophelie Dechance were very much literal pilgrims, on a trek by foot from their native France to the Holy Land. Dechance, who is from Paris, and Garnier, from Besancon, left from Eastern France in the summer of 2018...


Meditate on Psalm 22 during Holy Week...
Philip Kosloski
The beauty behind the book of Psalms is that they were written honestly and from the heart. They often express the personal feelings of someone in distress and in the midst of anxiety. Yet, they always end in hope, looking forward to the joy that will come from the hand of God. During Holy Week, one of the most powerful psalms to meditate on and pray is Psalm 22...


10 books that will help you find “piece” of mind...


This is how life under coronavirus will play out over the next year...


Interactive charts: How fast the coronavirus outbreak is growing in hundreds of U.S. communities...


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