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Palm supplier sees Palm Sunday business halved by coronavirus cancelations


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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...


A primer for pastors to bring clarity on coronavirus Confession suspension...
Fr. Raymond de Souza
Many dioceses are “suspending” the sacrament of confession. As the permission of the bishop is required for the validity of absolution, it is necessary to clarify that even when “suspended” confessions remain valid. Yet priests are still in need of pastoral guidance. And the guidance that the sacrament is to be entirely suspended creates some confusion for them and the faithful...


20 Holy Hacks for health and holiness in the coronavirus pandemic...
Patti Armstrong
Although we are experiencing suffering and uncertainty due to the pandemic, there are also many opportunities to a grow closer to Christ and find comfort through him. A priest I know calls difficult situations like this our “holy place” where much has been stripped away leaving us feeling helpless — a place where we meet God...


The case for drive-in Masses...


Boise bishop bans ‘ad orientem’ Masses in new liturgical instruction...


The sacraments become more, not less, important in a time of distress...


The Creative Cloister: Exploring the artistic roots of our Catholic faith while sheltering in place...


Coronavirus quarantine: 4 tips for men at home ...
John Cuddeback
Our current situation is unprecedented in the last century, perhaps more, in several ways. It is an utterly unique opportunity for fathers to say ‘yes’ to their fatherhood, and for society to choose to reinvest in life in the home. Here I will not directly address the corona virus and the spreading infections. With prayers for all those infected or affected...


Can I confess? Or be anointed? Here’s what’s suspended (or not) in your diocese...


This is how NASA keeps coronavirus (and other diseases) off the International Space Station...


What is a ventilator, anyway?


Loss of taste and smell key COVID-19 symptoms, app study finds...


How your parish can avoid laying off staff...
Fr. Matthew Schneider
With public worship and gathering of large groups suspended, many Catholic parishes and other charities or apostolates are feeling the pinch. Donations are down, so looking ahead they are unlikely to make payroll and thus have to lay off employees. However, it looks like 501(c)3 corporations (the legal status of most parishes & Catholic apostolates) can get a government loan to cover 10 weeks of salary which the government will then forgive if used on salary...


10 ways to stop worrying...
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
Like most people, my world has been thrown into a spin with the pandemic. I am very disturbed at the total lockdown of the sacraments. I can understand stopping public church services, but eliminating all sacraments–even private visits to homes or private confessions seems very draconian. However, with so much that is uncertain about the virus...


Fr. Z’s Kitchen: Pasta e ceci alla Romana...
Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
This is a good lesson about custody of the eyes. We tend to want what we see. I immediately wanted some of that pasta e ceci. Since I can’t go to Rome, I brought, as I often do, Rome to me. At the store I could not find any dry chick peas, but I did find a couple of remaining cans. Here’s my set up. The soffritto is simple...

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


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


Can you get palms this Palm Sunday? Here’s how New Jersey churches are tweaking the tradition...


Cardinal Bo: China owes ‘apology and compensation for the destruction’ caused by coronavirus...


‘Sacraments are the spiritual Personal Protective Equipment of Catholics’: Petition asks bishops not to suspend Anointing, Confession...
Kathy Schiffer
Along with a widespread threat of illness and death, the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has also introduced into the Catholic world controversy and disagreement over the availability of sacraments during this worldwide crisis. As with many services in the business community at this time, services in the Catholic Church have been curtailed or canceled in the name of public safety...


A letter from locked-down London...
K.V. Turley
The United Kingdom is in lockdown. Each morning, a nation wakes and wonders if it has dreamed of a deadly virus from a far distant place having wreaked havoc on a civilization that seemed so stable, so prosperous, so hopeful. It just can’t be real: the virtual house-arrest of the U.K. — over 63 million people requested to stay within their homes — the effective halting of all travel...


Vatican authorizes special Masses and Good Friday prayers for coronavirus pandemic...


Abstaining from Mass: A Lenten tradition?
R. Jared Staudt
As Catholics throughout the world face closed doors at church, our Lenten fast has changed. We think of Lent as a time of giving up bad things and engaging in deeper prayer. Abstaining from attending Mass would not seem to fit this bill, but it actually has a deep history in the Church. To this day, the liturgical season of the West has two days without the celebration of Mass: Good Friday and Holy Saturday...


How St. John Bosco handled an epidemic of cholera ...
Donal Foley
The COVID-19 coronavirus is a new threat to our society, but mankind has faced even more serious ones in the past, including the Black Death in the 14th century, when between 30-60 percent of Europe’s population fell victim to the Bubonic plague. Later, in the 19th century, a cholera epidemic ravaged Europe at the same time that St...


He said Mass via livestream. Eight days later, he fell to the virus...


Some thoughts on coronavirus measures in regard to Confession...
Edward Peters
The COVID19 pandemic continues to occasion new canonical questions on a daily basis. But before examining a few more of these, here in regard to Confession, a crucial point should be made. It is very difficult, but nigh-on essential, to avoid speculation on the motives behind various ecclesiastical actions (policies, rulings, etc...


Justinian’s Flea, Redux — If there were ever a time to give ourselves fully to God, this is it...


Pope’s Wednesday Audience: ‘The noblest battle is against the inner deceptions that generate our sins’...


Rejoice always! Adjusting to the order to stay at home...
Jeff Mirus
Full disclosure: Staying at home is easy for me. My office is at home. I don’t have in-person meetings. I’m a relative loner, and don’t socialize a great deal outside my own family. I don’t depend on a club, or a gym, or even a bar for my relaxation. I will confess that my desire for a good supply of liquor has risen, but only very slightly and mostly in the form of joking with my wife...


How the Pope put ‘truth on display’ in an empty St. Peter’s Square...
Kathryn Jean Lopez
Even before Pope Francis had made his way across the hauntingly empty St. Peter’s Square to the chair from which he would begin his “Urbi et Orbi” liturgy on Friday, March 27, my face was already a waterfall of tears. I had been aching for a priest to visit me, to talk to me about the power of Jesus to transform evil — and here he was...


Our Lord told St. Faustina, “I will protect the homes in which the Divine Mercy image is found” — so here’s what you should do...


10 spiritual counsels in a time of coronavirus...


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