- Sep 22, 2020
And in one awful month — from Good Friday, April 10, to May 10 — 12 sisters at one convent died of COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus. One more sister died in June.
On Friday Italy’s Lazio region announced that 59 sisters belonging to two convents in Rome had tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus, sparking fears about how quickly the virus might spread within religious houses.
The Getty Fire that began whipping through mountain communities west of Los Angeles during the early hours of Oct. 28 caused the closure of several local Catholic schools, the evacuation of students and staff at Mount St. Mary’s University and a call for the retired sisters of St. Joseph of Carondolet to shelter in place.
Some people’s understanding of God makes him into a nice fantasy, cherished heirloom, psychological consolation or entertaining hobby. None of these understandings, however, makes sense of the religious vows of a Catholic religious sister, or even the vows of married Christian people. A young woman with the world at her fingertips who recently decided to enter the convent offers the latest proof of the point.
Pope Francis snuck out of the Vatican on Monday for a drive, a walk in the woods and lunch with an Italian bishop at a small convent. St. John Paul II regularly left the Vatican unannounced. Such private escapes seem to be much rarer for Pope Francis; at least, they have not been reported.