Pope Francis Sends a Video Message for Holy Week

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By Jim Fair Pope Francis on the evening of April 3, 2020, issued a video message for Holy Week, aimed especially at families, those living in isolation due to coronavirus, and those who are sick. “I have in my heart all the families, especially those who have a loved one who is sick or who […]

‘Catholics for Trump’ launches with online broadcast

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Washington D.C., Apr 3, 2020 / 04:00 pm (CNA).- The “Catholics for Trump” coalition was officially launched on Thursday evening in an online broadcast. The coalition, led by American Conservative Union chairman Matt Schlapp, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, and political consultant Mary Matalin, says it aims to “energize” the Catholic community in the U.S. […]

Coronavirus brings crackdown on house churches in China

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CNA Staff, Apr 3, 2020 / 03:00 pm (CNA).- Communist authorities in China are using efforts to control the coronavirus pandemic to step up enforcement action against Christians who worship in house churches, government insiders have told the human rights and religious freedom publication Bitter Winter. China has been battling coronavirus since late 2019, and […]

Coronavirus crisis cannot justify discrimination, bishops say

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Washington D.C., Apr 3, 2020 / 01:00 pm (CNA).- The coronavirus pandemic does not justify abandoning medical ethics, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops told medical professionals in an urgent warning issued on Friday. “Every crisis produces fear, and the COVID-19 pandemic is no exception,” said a joint statement issued April 3 in response […]

In Japan, Church finds 16 cases of child sex abuse

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CNA Staff, Apr 3, 2020 / 11:39 am (CNA).- A Japanese news agency reported Thursday that an investigation by the country’s bishops’ conference has found 16 cases of sexual abuse of minors by clerics, which occurred from the 1950s to 2010s. The findings have not yet been made public, but sources familiar with the matter […]

Analysis: Policy and pastoral leadership in a time of crisis

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Washington D.C., Apr 3, 2020 / 10:49 am (CNA).- Across the U.S., and around the world, bishops are struggling to adjust to the pastoral emergency which has accompanied the coronavirus pandemic. In entire countries, the public celebration of Mass has been suspended, as local governments ban gatherings of even a handful of people. And at […]

Fighting Covid-19 in India: Prayer, Solidarity, Hope

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By ZENIT Staff Christian faithful in India are committed to serving the nation in this moment of crisis created by the coronavirus pandemic, reported Fides News Agency. “In India, the lockdown of almost a month represents a challenge, on a social, economic and medical level. The situation is more serious for the poor, the homeless, […]

Palm Sunday: A Letter by Father Martin Barta

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By ZENIT Staff Dear friends, Palm Sunday, the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, marks the beginning of Holy Week, during which we celebrate one of the major feast days of our faith. As they made their way to Jerusalem, Jesus often spoke with His apostles about the suffering and cross that awaited Him. He […]