Hospitalized African Cardinal calls for Solidarity with Coronavirus sufferers

Archbishop of Ouagadogou and President of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM), Cardinal Philippe Ouedraogo, hospitalized for Covid-19, makes an appeal for solidarity with people affected by coronavirus.

Former president of Ecuador given 8 years in prison, in absentia

Rafael Correa, the former president of Ecuador, has been sentenced in absentia to eight years in prison on corruption charges.

Celebrating a unique Easter with Pope Francis during Covid-19

The Coronavirus pandemic challenges the Vatican Office for Liturgical Celebrations to find new ways to accompany the faithful during this year’s Easter liturgies.

Pope institutes new commission to study women deacons

On Wednesday, the members of a new commission to study the possibility of women deacons in the Catholic Church are announced.

Pope: How I am living through the Covid-19 pandemic

How is the Pope experiencing the crisis caused by Covid-19? And how is he preparing for afterwards? Pope Francis answers these questions in a recorded interview with British journalist and writer Austen Ivereigh. The interview is published simultaneously in The Tablet (London) and Commonweal (New York). ABC offers the original text in Spanish and La Civiltà Cattolica in Italian.

Pope at Mass prays for conversion of those who exploit the needy during pandemic

Pope Francis dedicates the intention of his Mass, Wednesday morning, at the Casa Santa Marta, to the conversion of heart of those who take advantage of the needy. In his homily, he speaks about the many Judases who sell and betray people for money.

I desire to eat the Passover in your home #EasterAtHome

As Pope Francis pointed out in his video message for Holy Week, Christians are celebrating Easter this year in “a truly unusual way”. How can we respond to Jesus’ statement: “I desire to eat the Passover in your house”?

Joint Easter message from COMECE and CEC: We celebrate the victory of life

The Presidents of the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union (COMECE) and the Conference of European Churches (CEC) have issued an ecumenical Easter message for Christians celebrating the holy days in the midst of the coronavirus emergency.

General Audience: English Summary

Pope Francis encourages Christians to draw courage from our crucified and risen Lord at this time of anxiety and suffering caused by the current pandemic. Hiw words come during the weekly General Audience. Please find the official English Summary below.

Ghana Catholic Church supporting poor and vulnerable

The Catholic Church in Ghana through its humanitarian and development agency, Caritas Ghana, has put together an emergency response plan to reach out to the poor and vulnerable in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Coronavirus: Philippine church bells to peal on April 8

The Church in the Philippines is adhering to the call by the government to ring church bells across the country simultaneously to mark the start of a televised inter-faith prayer service on Wednesday, April 8, against the Covid-19 pandemic.

Streaming in sign language for the Easter Triduum

For the Easter Triduum, Vatican News creates an ad hoc YouTube channel with translations of the liturgical celebrations into Sign Language for people with hearing and communication disabilities.

Covid-19: Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life calls for prayers for the elderly

The Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life calls for prayers for the elderly, and for action so that they do not remain alone.

Covid-19: A Dublin parishs online mission amid pandemic

As the Coronavirus pandemic keeps people at home, one Irish priest talks about how social media has been a lifesaver for his Dublin parish since the outbreak, and especially during this Holy Week.

Holy See welcomes High Court decision in Pell case

The Holy See Press Office issues a statement on the decision of the Australian High Court to overturn Cardinal Pell’s conviction for abuse. The High Court’s verdict was announced on Tuesday morning. Cardinal Pell was released from prison shortly after noon, and was taken to a Carmelite monastery in Melbourne.

At Chrism Mass, Bishop Badejo encourages both laity and priests

Nigeria’s Bishop of Oyo Diocese, Emmanuel Adetoyese Badejo on Tuesday celebrated Chrism Mass and urged the people to offer to Jesus deprivations brought about by the national stay-at-home order issued by the government.

Coronavirus: Papal Almoner invites collection from "Papal Chapel" members

In a letter, Cardinal Krajewski invites the members of the Papal Chapel to make an offering in solidarity with those suffering because of the pandemic.

Pope at Mass: Pray for persons suffering from unjust sentences

Pope Francis offers his Mass on Tuesday morning in the Casa Santa Marta for people who suffer unjust sentences because of persecution. He also reminds us that we are chosen to serve.

Pope and Rome Rabbi exchange greetings

Pope Francis and the Chief Rabbi of Rome have exchanged greetings on the occasion of the Jewish feast of Pesach, or Passover, that starts on the evening of April 8 and continues till the evening of April 16.

Covid-19: Order of Malta in South Africa preparing to cope in poorest areas

The Order of Malta is on the ground with health-care services in South Africa where dramatic social inequalities compound the many challenges stemming from the Covid-19 pandemic.