Pope Francis moves Good Friday collection for Holy Land to September

VATICAN CITY -- With Holy Week celebrations closed to the public due to the coronavirus pandemic, Pope Francis postponed the traditional Good Friday collection for the Holy Land to September.

    Vatican approves special 'Mass in the Time of Pandemic'

    VATICAN CITY -- The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments has approved a special "Mass in the Time of Pandemic" to plead for God's mercy and gift of strength in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

    • By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service

      Vatican publishes document on right to water access

      VATICAN CITY -- Access to clean water is an essential human right that must be defended and protected, the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development said in a new document.

        Cardinal vicar of Rome hospitalized after testing positive for COVID-19

        ROME -- Cardinal Angelo De Donatis, the papal vicar for Rome, was hospitalized after testing positive for the COVID-19 virus, the Diocese of Rome announced.

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          Pope Francis gives world extraordinary blessing amid COVID-19 crisis

          VATICAN CITY -- The worldwide coronavirus pandemic is not God's judgment on humanity, but God's call on people to judge what is most important to them and resolve to act accordingly from now on, Pope Francis said.

          • By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service

            Vatican confirms Pope Francis does not have COVID-19

            VATICAN CITY -- Neither Pope Francis nor any of his closest collaborators have the COVID-19 virus, said Matteo Bruni, director of the Vatican press office.

            • By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service

              Pope Francis, Christian leaders around the globe join in prayer for pandemic's end

              VATICAN CITY -- Joined by Orthodox, Anglican and Protestant church leaders and faithful from around the world, Pope Francis led the recitation of the Lord's Prayer, imploring God's mercy on humanity amid the coronavirus pandemic.

                Pope Francis: Priests caring for COVID-19 patients are heroes

                VATICAN CITY -- 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.

                  'Every man for himself' is not a solution to pandemic, Pope Francis says

                  VATICAN CITY -- As more and more countries start to feel the economic pinch due to the coronavirus pandemic, Pope Francis urged business leaders to seek solutions that will not hurt employees and their families.

                    Pope Francis announces extraordinary 'urbi et orbi' blessing March 27

                    VATICAN CITY -- In response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Pope Francis said he will give an extraordinary blessing "urbi et orbi" (to the city and the world) at 6 p.m. Rome time March 27.

                      Vatican says Holy Week liturgies must proceed even if pews are empty

                      VATICAN CITY -- Despite the COVID-19 pandemic that is causing public Mass cancellations worldwide, the liturgies of Holy Week and Easter can not be postponed or suspended, said the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments.