- Sep 24, 2020
The suspension of public Masses, the closing of schools and the limiting of public gatherings has helped slow the spread of COVID-19, but it also has resulted in financial and business challenges for churches and schools in the Diocese of Phoenix.
In Italy, the days surrounding the Catholic feast of the Assumption of Mary, which coincides with a major national holiday, is typically a time of pious celebration for churchgoers, however, reading the papers might leave a drastically different impression.
On Wednesday, Pope Francis said the Easter Triduum is the most important time of year for Christians, and stressed that those who truly allow themselves to be transformed by Jesus’ resurrection, while still being sinners, cannot be corrupt.
The Roman Colosseum will be illuminated by red lights later this month to draw attention to the persecution of Christians around the world, and especially in Syria and Iraq.
This year, Ash Wednesday—which begins the penitential season of Lent with a day of fasting, abstinence, and prayer—falls on Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day.
The Mother of Mercy Free Medical Clinic opened its doors on Dec. 6, 2017. Supported by the Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington (CCDA), the clinic provides free medical care to uninsured or underinsured adults living in Northern Virginia.