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Vatican authorizes special Masses and Good Friday prayers for coronavirus pandemic


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


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...


African cardinal tests positive for coronavirus as pandemic spreads...


African cardinal tests positive for coronavirus as pandemic spreads across the continent...


In the story of Susanna we have a lesson on the anatomy of sin...
Msgr. Charles Pope
The first reading from Monday’s Mass (Monday of the 5th Week of Lent) is the story of Susanna, an extraordinary moral tale from the Book of Daniel. The full passage (which is quite lengthy) can be found here: Daniel 13:1-62. Interestingly, it is missing from Protestant bibles, which use a truncated version of the Book of Daniel...


‘OPChant’ on YouTube introduces Gregorian chant to a new generation...
Solène Tadié
In his letter to Cardinal Joseph Höffner for the Seventh International Congress of Sacred Music, John Paul II praised the unifying power of Gregorian chant within Catholic liturgy because of its “genuine sense of religion.” In his view, Gregorian chant was, compared to new sacred music, like a “statue in front of a painting...


We are all a ship full of vulnerables. Could this be our strength?


‘The Veil Removed’ — A 7-minute short film that will change the way you see the Holy Mass...

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The sacraments become more, not less, important in a time of distress...
Fr. Raymond de Souza
Regarding confession and canon law in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic: If I get to confession, is there a chance it will be invalid? Catholics can be at peace on that important canonical point. The sacraments become more, not less, important in a time of distress. That why bishops who have restricted the public celebration of the sacraments have described the decision as “excruciating...


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...


Heartfelt repetitious prayers, like the Lord’s Prayer, are good — because it’s exhausting to have to make up new prayers all the time...
Rick Becker
One of my students — a Protestant, like most of my students – told me that she just doesn’t understand Catholic worship and prayer practices. “Like at Mass, when you repeat the same things over and over again,” she remarked. “And like those ladies with the beads who say the same prayers a hundred times. It just doesn’t seem like prayer at all...


After WWII and 9/11 our churches were filled. I would be willing to bet, when the coronavirus passes, they will be filled again...
Bishop Robert Barron
I have lived in Santa Barbara, California for the past four years. In that brief time, my neighbors and I have experienced a number of real tragedies. Just over two years ago, the terrible Thomas Fire broke out in my pastoral region, in the vicinity of Thomas Aquinas College (hence the name). For a frightening month it made its devastating way from Santa Paula through Ventura...


If St. Corona was not a plague saint before, she is now...


6 answers to coronavirus-related canonical questions...


Cardinal De Donatis, Vicar General of Rome, is first cardinal known to have coronavirus...


6 skills for coronavirus “sheltering in place” that I learned by sailing across the Atlantic...


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