Pope prays for people in financial difficulty because of pandemic

He also reflected on what true prayer requires: a heart filled with faith, perseverance and courage.

Pope announces plenary indulgence connected to March 27 extraordinary blessing

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — 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 (10 a.m. Arizona Time) March 27.

If you can’t go to Confession, take your sorrow directly to God, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — People who cannot get to confession because of the coronavirus lockdown or another serious reason can go to God directly, be specific about their sins, request pardon and experience God’s loving forgiveness, Pope Francis said.

USCCB launches ‘Walking with Moms in Need’ yearlong parish service project

WASHINGTON (CNS) — U.S. Catholic bishops are being asked to invite the parishes in their dioceses to join a nationwide effort called “Walking With Moms in Need: A Year of Service” from March 25 of this year through March 25, 2021.

Viewership, attendance numbers jump once Masses go ‘private’

The Mass that once drew the faithful together in body is now doing so in spirit.

Kentucky Archbishop advises prayer routine, Scripture reading if confined at home

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (CNS) — Times of uncertainty are times to stay especially close to Christ and one another — though not necessarily in close physical proximity — said Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville.

El Salvador marks 43rd anniversary of Jesuit’s martyrdom as beatification looms

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Even as the government of El Salvador announced a nationwide quarantine, hundreds flocked to a pilgrimage site March 12 to remember a Jesuit priest and his companions killed 43 years ago and declared martyrs by Pope Francis in February.

At Mass, pope prays for prisoners, families

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis began his early morning Mass praying for prisoners experiencing great uncertainty and worrying about their families who cannot visit them due to lockdown measures to contain the coronavirus pandemic.

Papal devotion: Especially in times of trial, pope turns to St. Joseph

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — St. Joseph is the patron saint of retired Pope Benedict XVI — Joseph Ratzinger — but Pope Francis’ devotion to the husband of Mary and guardian of Jesus is clear as well.

Historic New Orleans cathedral hauntingly quiet during private Mass

NEW ORLEANS (CNS) — As sacristan Philip Alviar pulled the rope attached to the sacristy bell at exactly 12:05 p.m. March 17, he processed into the pristine and hauntingly quiet St. Louis Cathedral sanctuary, followed by Dcn. Richard Brady and Fr. Philip Landry.