- Aug 7, 2020
Latin American and Caribbean bishops have dedicated the Americas to the care of Our Lady of Guadalupe, praying for her “maternal protection” during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Catholic patriarchs of the Middle East, in Easter messages from churches barren of the faithful due to the coronavirus, lamented the scourge of the pandemic while evoking the hope of the Resurrection.
Catholic migrant ministries of Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras have called for an end to deportations during the COVID-19 crisis, saying the practice exposes an already vulnerable group to health and security risks — especially those sent summarily to countries of which they are not citizens.
The Spinharneys originally chose April 18 for their wedding Mass at Holy Family Parish in suburban St. Louis Park. But, like some other couples in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, they changed plans because of restrictions on large gatherings imposed by both the state and Archbishop Bernard A. Hebda.
There’s only one place Catholics can listen to a priest sing Disney tunes in falsetto, enjoy daily commentary on the taste and squeakiness of cheese curds and learn a lesson or two about faith or church teachings. It’s “Staycation 2020,” the Shawano Catholic community’s response to social distancing and stay-at-home restrictions.
Retired Cameroonian Archbishop Cornelius Fontem Esua of Bamenda says the coronavirus pandemic could also bring about “unexpected positive effects” for the country’s embattled Anglophone regions.