How to stay quarantined, stay married, and keep your friends

The policy of social distancing means that the newly-homebound are seeing less of coworkers than they did just weeks ago. They’re seeing fewer friends too. But they might be seeing a lot more of their family, or their roommates. And that isn't easy.

28 Mar 2020
'Return home' through the sacrament of confession, Pope Francis urges

Pope Francis spoke Friday about the importance of returning to God, the loving Father, in the sacrament of reconciliation.

“But think of this: to return to God is to return to the embrace, the embrace of a father,” the pope said March 20.

28 Mar 2020
Pontifical science academies urge better responses to coronavirus

The pontifical science academies issued a health statement Friday encouraging world leaders to make adjustments to short- and long-term responses to the coronavirus.

28 Mar 2020
Everyone is in debt to God's mercy, Pope Francis says

Showing and receiving God’s mercy are central aspects of Christian life – and everyone is in debt to God for the mercy he has already been shown, Pope Francis said during his general audience address Wednesday.

28 Mar 2020
In Italy, at least 10 priests are dead of coronavirus, and 1 bishop is recovering

At least ten priests have died in Italy after contracting COVID-19. More than half of them were from the Diocese of Bergamo, a town outside of Milan in Lombardy.

28 Mar 2020
Confession by phone, Skype, or emoji? Could it happen during coronavirus pandemic?

As much of the world faces quarantines, social distancing, and “shelter in place” orders amid the coronavirus pandemic, Catholics have faced unexpected challenges in accessing - and offering - the sacraments of the Church.

28 Mar 2020
Pope Francis suspends trials of Vatican City's court during coronavirus

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, Pope Francis suspended Thursday non-urgent trials in the Vatican City State’s judicial system until after April 3.

28 Mar 2020
Chaplains stay the course at Madrid hospital, amid coronavirus outbreak

Spain is among the countries hardest hit by the global coronavirus pandemic; as of Thursday afternoon, more than 18,000 Spaniards have contracted the disease, and more than 800 have died.

28 Mar 2020
Holy See grants indulgence to coronavirus patients and Catholics who pray for them

The Vatican’s Apostolic Penitentiary has granted a plenary indulgence for people with COVID-19 and for those who care for them, including medical staff and family members, and for those who pray for them.

28 Mar 2020
At least 28 priests in northern Italy have died from COVID-19

Italian dioceses surrounding Milan have reported the deaths of 30 priests during the coronavirus outbreak.

28 Mar 2020
Amid coronavirus, public Masses suspended in most Japanese dioceses

More dioceses in Japan have shut down Mass for the coming weeks in response to the ongoing outbreak of the coronavirus nationwide.

The majority of Japanese dioceses have now suspended all public worship.

28 Mar 2020