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

      Reports: Official living in same residence as Pope Francis is positive for COVID-19

      VATICAN CITY -- A 58-year-old Italian monsignor, who works in the Vatican Secretariat of State and lives in the Domus Sanctae Marthae, where Pope Francis lives, has tested positive for COVID-19 and has been hospitalized, an Italian newspaper reported March 25.

      • 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

                    Vatican says general absolution may be permissible during pandemic

                    VATICAN CITY -- In places particularly hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic and with severe limits on people leaving their homes, conditions may exist to grant general absolution without people personally confessing their sins first, the Vatican said.

                    • By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service

                      Pope Francis prays for coronavirus victims, workers who died serving others

                      VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis asked people to pray for all victims of COVID-19, including the health care workers who sacrificed their lives caring for others.