- Apr 4, 2020
The Catholic Church has had a long tradition of calling on saints and praying for their intercession in sickness and difficult times.
On Saturday the bishop of Italian diocese of Turin announced that after receiving several requests, he would expose what is believed to be Jesus’s burial shroud during Holy Week, allowing believers to venerate it through television and social media.
Correspondence can reveal a lot about periods of history and the letters written by popes during the Black Death are no exception. These documents, often responses to questions, provide a window into a long-ago era that is getting renewed attention amid today’s coronavirus pandemic.
The European Union’s top Christian leaders have called for the continent to show “our joint commitment to the European project and to common European values of solidarity and unity, instead of capitulating to fear and nationalism” during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
As anxieties over the COVID-19 coronavirus grow higher and national restrictions are extended, one Italian nun has made it her mission to bring a smile to children and their parents through a series of daily livestreamed puppet shows.
Because much of the novel unfolds against the backdrop of an outbreak of the plague, it’s no surprise Alessandro Manzoni’s famous work “I Promessi Sposi” has been much-cited over the past month, as Italy has grappled with the highest coronavirus death count in the world