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IMAGE: CNS photo/Guglielmo Mangiapane, Reuters By Carol Glatz VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis said he will grant a plenary indulgence to the faithful who watch or listen to his extraordinary blessing "urbi et orbi" (to the city and the world) at 6 p.m. Rome time March 27. Special indulgences

IMAGE: CNS photo/Vatican Media By Junno Arocho Esteves VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis offered his early morning Mass for vulnerable people and health care workers who live in fear that they or their loved ones may fall ill to the coronavirus pandemic sweeping the world. "In these days of

IMAGE: CNS photo/Elias Marcou, Reuters By Jonathan Luxmoore OXFORD, England (CNS) — Catholic aid agencies have urged the evacuation of Syrian war refugees from camps in Greece to "avert a catastrophe" from the coronavirus. "More than 42,000 people are trapped in hopelessly overcrowded camps and horrific conditions — there is

IMAGE: CNS photo/courtesy Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish By Carol Zimmermann WASHINGTON (CNS) — When U.S. dioceses first announced they were not offering public Masses in an effort to curb the coronavirus, many dioceses promoted TV Masses broadcast in their areas or arranged to tape their own Masses

IMAGE: CNS photo/Zoey Maraist, Arlington Herald By Chaz Muth WASHINGTON (CNS) — As people throughout the U.S. self-isolate and retreat from daily life amid the COVID-19 pandemic, priests and women religious have become beacons of hope globally as they mobilize in unconventional ways. From church parking lots to hospitals, the

IMAGE: CNS photo/Dave Hrbacek, The Cath By Mark Pattison WASHINGTON (CNS) — Here is the church, and here is the steeple; Father says Mass, but where are the people? Imagine if you gave a Mass and nobody came. That’s an emerging reality for priests as the phenomenon of livestreamed, YouTubed

IMAGE: CNS photo/Harrison McClary, Reuters By Theresa Laurence NASHVILLE, Tenn. (CNS) — As Catholic Charities of Tennessee executive director Judy Orr leads her agency’s response to the deadly March 3 tornado, every plan must be vetted to comply with the latest precautions against the coronavirus pandemic. One of the chief

IMAGE: CNS photo/Vatican Media By Carol Glatz VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Many Christians are caught in a trap of complaining about everything and doing nothing about it, Pope Francis said in his morning Mass. The sin of sloth, marked by careless indifference, apathy and self-pity, is a "poison, a fog

IMAGE: CNS photo/Joanna Kohorst By Joanna Kohorst ROME (CNS) — I was video chatting with my childhood friend yesterday. We haven’t talked in almost a year and we were organizing a virtual happy hour with our high school friends. Why hadn’t we thought about doing this before? I told my

IMAGE: Fotogramma/IPA/ABACA via Reuters By Carol Glatz VATICAN CITY (CNS) — With the number of priests and religious dying from coronavirus-related illnesses rising, Pope Francis offered his prayers for those who died after being infected helping COVID-19 patients and their communities. At least 50 priests, four nuns and at least