Poland: Virtual Processions of #palms

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By ZENIT Staff “Virtual procession of palms” is a campaign proposed to the faithful in Poland. The coronavirus epidemic makes it impossible to participate in the celebrations of Palm Sunday in churches, however, the Church in Poland encourages people not to give up making Easter palms. One can follow the Holy Mass broadcast with their […]

Santa Marta Saturday: The Battle Against Temptation

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By ZENIT Staff Pope Francis offered his Mass on Saturday morning at Casa Santa Marta in the Vatican for those who are tempted to take advantage of the current coronavirus crisis. In his homily, he explained the process of temptation, reported Vatican News. “In these turbulent, difficult and painful times, people have the possibility of […]

Monks offer free caskets amid coronavirus

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Denver, Colo., Apr 4, 2020 / 12:30 pm (CNA).- An Iowa monastery of Trappist monks is offering an unusual but necessary act of charity amid the global pandemic – free caskets to financially struggling families who have lost a loved one. New Melleray Abbey has been making caskets for the public and offering prayers for […]

How the Phoenix diocese is helping families celebrate Holy Week at home

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Phoenix, Ariz., Apr 4, 2020 / 12:01 pm (CNA).- Holy Week this year is going to look different for almost every Catholic in the United States. On Palm Sunday, people will wave last year’s palms, or this year’s pine branches, or, if they’re lucky, palms from their parish, from the confines of their home instead […]

Palm supplier sees business halved by coronavirus cancelations

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Denver, Colo., Apr 3, 2020 / 11:55 pm (CNA).- Thomas Sowell and his wife own Southeast Palm and Foliage in Astor, Florida, in the middle of the state, about 40 miles west of Daytona Beach. “It’s in the middle of nowhere, actually,” Sowell told CNA in January. Sowell isn’t Catholic, but his business supplies palms […]

U.S. religious freedom ambassador calls for release of prisoners of conscience

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Washington D.C., Apr 3, 2020 / 07:00 pm (CNA).- The U.S. religious freedom ambassador on Thursday called on governments to release prisoners of conscience during the new coronavirus pandemic. “In this time of pandemic, religious prisoners should be released. We call on all governments around the world to do so,” Sam Brownback, U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for […]

Filipino seminary shelters tourists trapped on holiday

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CNA Staff, Apr 3, 2020 / 06:19 pm (CNA).- A Filipino seminary has opened its doors to over a dozen trapped tourists, who have been stranded since a mandatory lockdown was extended last month. Saint Joseph Seminary in Puerto Princesa is providing shelter to 18 people now stranded in Palawan province following a forced extension […]