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In preparation for the May 18 resumption of public liturgies in Italy and a morning Mass with Pope Francis at the tomb of St. John Paul II, Vatican workers cleaned and sanitized the inside of St. Peter’s Basilica May 15. more
At a time of global “tragedy and suffering” because of the coronavirus, and in view of the long-term impact it will have, believers of every religion should beg mercy from the one God and Father of all, Pope Francis said. more
As tens of millions more people are at risk of acute hunger because of the global coronavirus pandemic, Catholic Relief Services is embarking on a campaign to raise awareness, advocate and raise funds to head off the brewing crisis. more
Prayer is more than just a physical, emotional or intellectual act; it is an inner desire to encounter God, Pope Francis said. Continuing his new series of talks on prayer during his weekly general audience May 13, the pope said that the longing expressed through prayer “is more than a need, more than a necessity.” more
The Nazis’ systematic persecution and genocide led to the deaths of 6 million Jews in Europe, but Catholic priests and nuns were also among their victims. more
Marking International Nurses Day May 12, Pope Francis offered his early morning Mass for nurses who “carry out this profession which is more than a profession; it is a vocation, a commitment.” more
The coronavirus pandemic has drawn well-deserved attention to nurses and midwives, who are among “the saints next door,” dedicated to helping people in some of the most joyful or painful moments of their lives, Pope Francis said. more
Expressing his hopes for a vaccine against the coronavirus, Pope Francis also gave his support to an interreligious day of prayer and fasting for an end to the pandemic. more
The justices of the U.S. Supreme Court seemed divided May 6 over Trump administration rules that give employers more ability to opt out of providing contraceptive coverage in their health plans. more
Just as Jesus told the disciples, “Do not let your hearts be troubled,” He says the same thing to His followers today amid “the dramas of life,” Pope Francis said. more
As countries continue to reel from the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic, Pope Francis offered prayers for the men and women who have been unable to work. more
Just like billions of people throughout the world, “the Church was not prepared” for the coronavirus pandemic, said Archbishop Christophe Pierre, the Vatican nuncio to the United States, in a May 6 interview with Catholic News Service. more
The coronavirus pandemic is a “favorable time to rediscover the need for prayer in our lives; let us open the doors of our hearts to the love of God our Father, who will listen to us,” Pope Francis said. more
The Vatican announced that due to the coronavirus pandemic, several beatifications scheduled for May and June will be postponed, including the beatification of a mentor and friend of St. John Paul II. more
Pope Francis advanced the sainthood causes of one woman and four men, including an Italian millennial who dedicated his brief life to spreading faith and happiness to his peers. more
Pope Francis offered his early morning Mass for journalists and members of the media who, despite the risks, work tirelessly to inform the public of the ongoing pandemic. more
Most people like either having control or being in control. It gives us a sense of comfort or assurance that everything is in order or that there is a plan in place that we are following. This idea … more
Theology of the BodyVirtual Conference May 8-10 The Theology of the Body Institute will host the Theology of the Body Virtual Conference Friday, May 8, to Sunday, May 10. Prominent speakers … more
The Christopher Awards, normally presented each spring, are being delayed until October. The Christophers did recently announce the winners in the book category of the awards, which recognize … more
After COVID-19, will we employees who worked remotely want to return to our previous environment or will we prefer to continue working from home? More importantly, does our attitude toward work draw … more
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