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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    God's Word on Sunday: Can we rise to the spiritual challenge?

    Passion (Palm) Sunday, April 5 (Year A) Isaiah 50:4-7; Psalm 22; Philippians 2:6-11; Mathew 26:14-27:66

    Every age calls forth prophets and teachers to guide and encourage humanity.

    • By Fr. Scott Lewis, S.J

      Fr. Yaw Acheampong: Facing challenges opens us up to hope

      As Christians, we have been on our Lenten journey since Ash Wednesday. This year, it is a journey with unique challenges.

        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.

            • By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service

              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.

                  • By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service

                    God's Word on Sunday: Restoration of life offers us reassurance

                    Fifth Sunday of Lent, March 29 (Year A) Ezekiel 37:12-14; Psalm 130; Romans 8:8-11; John 11:1-45

                    God is the source of life, but life comes in many forms.

                    • By Fr. Scott Lewis, S.J

                      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.

                      • By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service