CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) UPDATES
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CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) UPDATES

CORONAVIRUS POLICY: ACTIVATING THE ANTIBODIES OF CATHOLICISM 
Unlike market-imposed globalization, the Catholic vision is universal and places the person and peoples at the center, recognizing the other, the outsider and the different as a brother or sister.
HOW CATHOLICS SHOULD RESPOND TO THE CORONAVIRUS 
The coronavirus poses a threat that knows no borders. As Catholics, neither does our love and concern for our neighbors.
A LENTEN PENANCE WE DID NOT CHOOSE 
Friday the 13thmarked the seventh anniversary of the election of Pope Francis. But as he began his eighth year as Bishop of Rome, the Catholic faithful of his diocese did not gather for Mass or congregate to pray for him.
POPE FRANCIS TO THOSE ISOLATED BECAUSE OF THE CORONAVIRUS: ‘UNITED TO CHRIST, WE ARE NEVER ALONE’ 
Francis thanked caregivers and assured his audience that ‘spiritual communion‘ remains strong even during the isolation of the coronavirus epidemic.
ISOLATED BUT NOT ALONE: RESOURCES FOR CATHOLICS 
A compilation of online resources available to Catholics during this time of worldwide virus crisis.
HOW TO STAY MENTALLY HEALTHY DURING QUARANTINE  
A few tips from the Italian newspaper Il Post to keep anxiety and loneliness at bay, and not stay in pajamas for a month; useful for everyone, anywhere.
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION IN A TIME OF CORONAVIRUS 
Religious education for the young is yet another thing that coronavirus has disrupted - Here are some tips...
HOW CAN WE BE THE BODY OF CHRIST WHEN THE CORONAVIRUS CLOSES OUR CHURCHES? 
In this time in which we are not able to encounter Christ in the assembly or the Eucharist, we always have the opportunity to encounter Christ in the vulnerable.
SPIRITUALITY IN A TIME OF QUARANTINE 
The cancelling of church and sporting events has convinced most Americans that something significant is happening; after all, there is nothing more sacred to Americans than religion and sports.
MASSES GO DIGITAL WITH LIVESTREAMED SERVICES; FIND OUT HOW TO JOIN 
Dioceses across the world canceled in-person services in response to the growing COVID-19 pandemic throughout the past week. This new reality created a massive new viewership for televised and livestreamed Masses...
CORONAVIRUS REVIVES THE OLD, USHERS IN THE NEW IN CATHOLIC PRACTICE 
With increasing numbers of people confined at home with no access to Mass or confession, pastors everywhere have turned to some least little-used, concepts and practices...
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO LIVE IN THE LIGHT AMID CORONAVIRUS FEARS? 
Horrible things happen in the dark when people are afraid. We must now give witness. If we live in the light, it should be evident. Even in a time of virus.
'ARE THERE ANY GOOD CATHOLICS IN THIS TIME OF CORONAVIRUS?' 
Italian-born Dominican theologian believes the coronavirus pandemic can lead society and the Church back to the basics.
POPE AT URBI ET ORBI: FULL TEXT OF HIS MEDITATION 
Pope Francis meditated on the calming of the storm from the Gospel of Mark ...on the steps of St Peter's Basilica. Here is the full text.
PONTIFICAL ACADEMIES PROPOSE LESSONS TO BE LEARNED FROM COVID-19 PANDEMIC 
Human resources, equipment, knowledge about best practices, treatments, and supplies must be shared
A MESSAGE FROM RICHARD ROHR ABOUT COVID-19 
For God to reach us, we have to allow suffering to wound us. Now is no time for an academic solidarity with the world. Real solidarity needs to be felt and suffered.
CORONAVIRUS LOCKDOWNS AND CLOSURES OFFER US A NEW PLAN FOR LENT 
The various measures and restrictions that have been put into place by civic and church authorities can serve as a new plan for Lent.
FINDING FAITH IN A TIME OF QUARANTINE 
Parishes adopt new ministries to serve communities during the coronavirus pandemic.
CORONAVIRUS, THE CUP, AND CANCELLATIONS 
What eucharistic challenges and corresponding graces might we see in the present moment?
VIRUS CHANGING CHURCH MINISTRIES 
One Australian archbishop has argued that this is not a theoretical discussion for the future but is happening in real time.
LIFE IN THE TIME OF CORONAVIRUS 
Living in the time of coronavirus requires us to think critically about how we are promoting the health of individuals, humanity and the planet.
THE CHURCH AFTER CORONAVIRUS: HOW OUR COMMUNITIES ARE CHANGING 
What could these changes mean for us in the long-term? How will they affect us in the years to come...? A three-part series.
TO QUARANTINE IS CHRISTIAN - AN ACT OF SERVICE 
The church has always urged the faithful to take every sensible precaution in defense of human life, while continuing to serve God and neighbor.
HOPE FOR THE FUTURE 
Pope Francis tells Austen Ivereigh that this extraordinary Lent and Eastertide could be a moment of conversion for the Church and the world.
GOD DID NOT SEND CORONAVIRUS TO PUNISH US FOR SIN  
You can tell a lot about a person based on how they understand God. Whether they see Him as Abba, the loving father of Jesus Christ, or the Taskmaster of the Old Testament, will shade the spiritual lens that people use to make sense of the world.
PRINCIPLES FOR A PANDEMIC 
The question is what kind of basic truths — principles — must drive us if we are to endure and survive the kind of despair that threatens a national moment like this one?
SHUTDOWN OF RELIGIOUS SERVICES IN PANDEMIC PROMPTS VARIED RESPONSES 
As the coronavirus pandemic has swept across the country, churches have been forced to follow states' stay-in-place guidelines, which some see as an infringement of their religious freedom.
STARTING ANEW AFTER THE COVID-19 EMERGENCY 
The pandemic is forcing us to understand that there is no truly viable capitalism without a strong system of public services and to completely rethink the way we produce and consume, because this pandemic will not be the last.
24 QUESTIONS YOUR CHURCH SHOULD ANSWER BEFORE PEOPLE RETURN 
We need to think and plan carefully so we do not endanger people simply because we let our guard down and believed that the Coronavirus crisis had passed.
CONFESSION BY ZOOM? PANDEMIC REVIVES CONVERSATION ABOUT RECONCILING FROM AFAR 
In this time priests "should be reassuring people of God's grace and mercy, as opposed to playing on their fears.
IS THIS AN APOCALYPSE? WE CERTAINLY HOPE SO – YOU SHOULD TOO 
The COVID-19 pandemic has many Christian communities wondering if the Apocalypse has arrived. We hope so — but in the original sense of the Greek apokalypsis, “unveiling.”
OUR NATION NEEDS MERCIFUL SICK AND FAMILY LEAVE POLICIES 
In our inevitably communal and at times communicable relationship, denying adequate health care and compassionate care to any member of society creates a threat to all.
IN THIS FORCED RETREAT, ARE WE ASKING BIG ENOUGH QUESTIONS? 
A few weeks into this forced retreat and the agita level is ramping up, a growing wondering from all corners of the Catholic lot about what we might look like, how we might be changed, post-pandemic.
DISTANCE, NOT DESERTION 
Stay inside. Give money. Wear a mask. Pray. There’s nothing heroic in these acts, but it's how we can care for one another.
PRACTICES OF RESISTANCE: HOW NOT TO RESPOND TO THE LOCKDOWN 
We’re facing new challenges, establishing new habits, and encountering new temptations. How do we sustain life in a season of involuntary isolation?
WE ARE SUFFERING A CRISIS OF IMAGINATION IN THE CHURCH AND WORLD 
Like those who wish to maintain the status quo from centers of political power in society, there are some who have a strong interest in advancing a theological agenda in the church that is unimaginative at best and reactionary at worst.
CORONACHECK AND FAKE NEWS 
Given the overload of information on the internet, we are now facing what the World Health Organization (WHO) has called an “infodemia,” namely, the circulation of too much information, which makes it difficult to limit the spread of fake news.
CHURCHGOERS, STAY HOME—IT’S THE AMERICAN WAY 
For much of American history, worship at home—in addition to or even instead of church—has been the rule rather than the exception.
PRIEST: MR. PRESIDENT, WE DON'T NEED TO OPEN CHURCHES TO PRACTICE OUR FAITH 
We all want to be able to open churches and places of worship fully so that those who wish to gather in physical communion again can do so. However, this must be done incrementally and with utmost care.
LEARNING TO LOVE LAY-LED LITURGIES IN QUARANTINE (WHILE MISSING THE MASS) 
These lay-led liturgies cannot be an adequate substitute for the Mass. Nothing can. But they can help move through these anxiety-ridden times.
PANDEMIC BLESSINGS FOR THE CHURCH 
As we ask ourselves how the Church might be different when this pandemic is over, consider these six thoughts.
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