• In Boston, drive-thru confessions heard during coronavirus crisis
    BOSTON — A Catholic priest in a parish north of Boston is taking drive-thru Holy Week confessions as the faithful combine social distancing and spirituality amid the coronavirus pandemic. Father Brian Mahoney and fellow priests heard confessions this week while seated in the parking lot of the Chelmsford Catholic Collaborative, home to the St. Mary and St. John the Evangelist ... read more
    Published on 04-07-2020By Associated Press
  • Crown of Thorns will return to Notre Dame Cathedral for Good Friday
    ROME – Nearly one year after a fire ravaged the famed Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, the city’s archbishop will briefly return to the cathedral its most prized relic, the Crown of Thorns, on the day in which Catholics commemorate Jesus’s suffering and death. On April 15, 2019, the day after Holy Week began, a massive fire sparked by renovations ... read more
    Published on 04-07-2020By Elise Ann Allen
  • From the Chapel — April 7: Conspiracy theories
    “From the Chapel” is a series of short, daily reflections on life and faith in a time of uncertainty. As people across the world cope with the effects of the coronavirus — including the social isolation necessary to combat its spread — these reflections remind us of the hope that lies at the heart of the Gospel. Conspiracies exist; this ... read more
    Published on 04-07-2020
  • Cardinal asks top Vatican officials to donate to pandemic relief efforts
    ROME — Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, the papal almoner, has asked Vatican cardinals, archbishops and other top officials to make a monetary Easter offering to assist people suffering during the coronavirus pandemic. “To participate in the suffering of those enduring hardship,” the cardinal asked members of what is called the “Pontifical Chapel” to make a donation to Pope Francis. “The Holy ... read more
    Published on 04-07-2020By Cindy Wooden
  • Vatican calls for creative ways to protect elderly from loneliness
    ROME — Local churches and individuals must do more to help and to protect the elderly from loneliness and infection during the coronavirus pandemic, a Vatican office said. “We must devote new energies to defend them from this storm, just as each of us has been protected and cared for in the small and large storms of our lives,” said ... read more
    Published on 04-07-2020By Carol Glatz
  • Making the most of this unexpected journey
    If anyone is wondering how my family’s isolation is going, allow me to set a quick scene. It’s 11:15 p.m. on a Monday and four of my six children are still wide awake, piled onto the couch and settling in to watch a movie: “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.” Several of them might be wearing the pajamas they wore the ... read more
    Published on 04-07-2020
  • After Pell verdict, Pope prays for ‘all persons who suffer an unjust sentence’
    ROME – On the day Cardinal George Pell was acquitted by Australia’s High Court on charges of sexual abuse, Pope Francis opened his daily Mass by praying for “all persons who suffer an unjust sentence because of intransigence.” “In these days of Lent, we’ve seen the persecution Jesus suffered and how the doctors of the law were intransigent against him,” ... read more
    Published on 04-07-2020By Crux Staff
  • Resurrection is our song
    There was really and truly a point during the great Lenten quarantine of 2020 when I saw a ladybug on the floor and thought, “How thoughtful of you to make a visit!” The protocol, of course, for the great Lenten quarantine has involved, as you well know, “social distancing.” So you are with who you are with. And if that ... read more
    Published on 04-07-2020
  • Hospital CEO briefs Baltimore priests on coronavirus in virtual meeting
    BALTIMORE, Maryland — In a virtual meeting with Baltimore priests, a top Maryland physician briefed them on the characteristics of the coronavirus, including how it’s transmitted, and he also urged them to take care of their mental health as they help their parishioners through this pandemic. Addressing the priests was Dr. Thomas Smyth, president and CEO of University of Maryland ... read more
    Published on 04-07-2020By George P. Matysek Jr.
  • Gomez: Churches may be closed, but ‘Lord’s heart remains’ open to all
    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Disease and death have darkened the world this Lent and Holy Week, with our societies shut down by the coronavirus pandemic, but “we know that our Redeemer lives,” said the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. “Even in this extraordinary and challenging moment, we give thanks for what Jesus Christ has done for us by ... read more
    Published on 04-07-2020By Catholic News Service
  • Vatican welcomes Pell verdict, affirms anti-abuse resolve as survivors protest
    ROME – On Tuesday the Vatican said it welcomed the Australian High Court’s decision to acquit Cardinal George Pell on all charges of the sexual abuse, while also stressing their own commitment to pursuing justice for minors who have been abused. In an April 7 statement just hours after the court’s verdict, Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni said, “The Holy See, ... read more
    Published on 04-07-2020By Elise Ann Allen
  • Gomez: Churches may be closed, but ‘Lord’s heart remains’ open to all
    WASHINGTON (CNS) — Disease and death have darkened the world this Lent and Holy Week, with our societies shut down by the coronavirus pandemic, but “we know that our Redeemer lives,” said the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. “Even in this extraordinary and challenging moment, we give thanks for what Jesus Christ has done for us ... read more
    Published on 04-07-2020
  • Why the Vatican might want to send a thank-you note to Australia’s High Court
    ROME – Obviously, the primary beneficiary of Tuesday’s decision by Australia’s High Court to overturn the sexual abuse conviction of Cardinal George Pell is Pell himself. The 78-year-old prelate was definitively acquitted and is now a free man after more than 400 days in prison, mostly in solitary confinement. For all those presently chafing after a few weeks of a ... read more
    Published on 04-07-2020By John L. Allen Jr.
  • Cardinal Pell released from prison after court overturns conviction
    ALLA BEACH, Australia (CNS) — Cardinal George Pell has been released from prison after 405 days behind bars after the seven judges of the High Court of Australia unanimously overturned the original December 2018 jury verdict that found him guilty on five counts of molesting two 13-year-old choirboys in 1996. The court’s decision, read April 7, concluded there was “a ... read more
    Published on 04-07-2020
  • Grassroots group to host Good Friday prayer marathon for persecuted Christians
    ROSARIO, Argentina – A grassroots coalition is staging join a 24-hour Good Friday prayer marathon for persecuted Christians, to be held online, with the participation of religious leaders from persecuted communities in China, Iraq, Iran, Nigeria, Ethiopia and other countries. To be held via Zoom, the event is set to start at sunrise Jerusalem on Holy Friday and to end ... read more
    Published on 04-07-2020By Inés San Martín
  • In Boston, drive-thru confessions heard during coronavirus crisis
    BOSTON — A Catholic priest in a parish north of Boston is taking drive-thru Holy Week confessions as the faithful combine social distancing and spirituality amid the coronavirus pandemic. Father Brian Mahoney and fellow priests heard confessions this week while seated in the parking lot of the Chelmsford Catholic Collaborative, home to the St. Mary and St. John the Evangelist ... read more
    Published on 04-07-2020By Associated Press
  • Crown of Thorns will return to Notre Dame Cathedral for Good Friday
    ROME – Nearly one year after a fire ravaged the famed Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, the city’s archbishop will briefly return to the cathedral its most prized relic, the Crown of Thorns, on the day in which Catholics commemorate Jesus’s suffering and death. On April 15, 2019, the day after Holy Week began, a massive fire sparked by renovations ... read more
    Published on 04-07-2020By Elise Ann Allen
  • From the Chapel — April 7: Conspiracy theories
    “From the Chapel” is a series of short, daily reflections on life and faith in a time of uncertainty. As people across the world cope with the effects of the coronavirus — including the social isolation necessary to combat its spread — these reflections remind us of the hope that lies at the heart of the Gospel. Conspiracies exist; this ... read more
    Published on 04-07-2020
  • Cardinal asks top Vatican officials to donate to pandemic relief efforts
    ROME — Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, the papal almoner, has asked Vatican cardinals, archbishops and other top officials to make a monetary Easter offering to assist people suffering during the coronavirus pandemic. “To participate in the suffering of those enduring hardship,” the cardinal asked members of what is called the “Pontifical Chapel” to make a donation to Pope Francis. “The Holy ... read more
    Published on 04-07-2020By Cindy Wooden
  • Vatican calls for creative ways to protect elderly from loneliness
    ROME — Local churches and individuals must do more to help and to protect the elderly from loneliness and infection during the coronavirus pandemic, a Vatican office said. “We must devote new energies to defend them from this storm, just as each of us has been protected and cared for in the small and large storms of our lives,” said ... read more
    Published on 04-07-2020By Carol Glatz
  • Making the most of this unexpected journey
    If anyone is wondering how my family’s isolation is going, allow me to set a quick scene. It’s 11:15 p.m. on a Monday and four of my six children are still wide awake, piled onto the couch and settling in to watch a movie: “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.” Several of them might be wearing the pajamas they wore the ... read more
    Published on 04-07-2020
  • After Pell verdict, Pope prays for ‘all persons who suffer an unjust sentence’
    ROME – On the day Cardinal George Pell was acquitted by Australia’s High Court on charges of sexual abuse, Pope Francis opened his daily Mass by praying for “all persons who suffer an unjust sentence because of intransigence.” “In these days of Lent, we’ve seen the persecution Jesus suffered and how the doctors of the law were intransigent against him,” ... read more
    Published on 04-07-2020By Crux Staff
  • Resurrection is our song
    There was really and truly a point during the great Lenten quarantine of 2020 when I saw a ladybug on the floor and thought, “How thoughtful of you to make a visit!” The protocol, of course, for the great Lenten quarantine has involved, as you well know, “social distancing.” So you are with who you are with. And if that ... read more
    Published on 04-07-2020
  • Hospital CEO briefs Baltimore priests on coronavirus in virtual meeting
    BALTIMORE, Maryland — In a virtual meeting with Baltimore priests, a top Maryland physician briefed them on the characteristics of the coronavirus, including how it’s transmitted, and he also urged them to take care of their mental health as they help their parishioners through this pandemic. Addressing the priests was Dr. Thomas Smyth, president and CEO of University of Maryland ... read more
    Published on 04-07-2020By George P. Matysek Jr.
  • Gomez: Churches may be closed, but ‘Lord’s heart remains’ open to all
    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Disease and death have darkened the world this Lent and Holy Week, with our societies shut down by the coronavirus pandemic, but “we know that our Redeemer lives,” said the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. “Even in this extraordinary and challenging moment, we give thanks for what Jesus Christ has done for us by ... read more
    Published on 04-07-2020By Catholic News Service
  • Vatican welcomes Pell verdict, affirms anti-abuse resolve as survivors protest
    ROME – On Tuesday the Vatican said it welcomed the Australian High Court’s decision to acquit Cardinal George Pell on all charges of the sexual abuse, while also stressing their own commitment to pursuing justice for minors who have been abused. In an April 7 statement just hours after the court’s verdict, Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni said, “The Holy See, ... read more
    Published on 04-07-2020By Elise Ann Allen
  • Gomez: Churches may be closed, but ‘Lord’s heart remains’ open to all
    WASHINGTON (CNS) — Disease and death have darkened the world this Lent and Holy Week, with our societies shut down by the coronavirus pandemic, but “we know that our Redeemer lives,” said the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. “Even in this extraordinary and challenging moment, we give thanks for what Jesus Christ has done for us ... read more
    Published on 04-07-2020
  • Why the Vatican might want to send a thank-you note to Australia’s High Court
    ROME – Obviously, the primary beneficiary of Tuesday’s decision by Australia’s High Court to overturn the sexual abuse conviction of Cardinal George Pell is Pell himself. The 78-year-old prelate was definitively acquitted and is now a free man after more than 400 days in prison, mostly in solitary confinement. For all those presently chafing after a few weeks of a ... read more
    Published on 04-07-2020By John L. Allen Jr.
  • Cardinal Pell released from prison after court overturns conviction
    ALLA BEACH, Australia (CNS) — Cardinal George Pell has been released from prison after 405 days behind bars after the seven judges of the High Court of Australia unanimously overturned the original December 2018 jury verdict that found him guilty on five counts of molesting two 13-year-old choirboys in 1996. The court’s decision, read April 7, concluded there was “a ... read more
    Published on 04-07-2020
  • Grassroots group to host Good Friday prayer marathon for persecuted Christians
    ROSARIO, Argentina – A grassroots coalition is staging join a 24-hour Good Friday prayer marathon for persecuted Christians, to be held online, with the participation of religious leaders from persecuted communities in China, Iraq, Iran, Nigeria, Ethiopia and other countries. To be held via Zoom, the event is set to start at sunrise Jerusalem on Holy Friday and to end ... read more
    Published on 04-07-2020By Inés San Martín