- Apr 7, 2020
With Easter just days away, debate continues to swirl about how accessible churches and pastors should be on the holiest day on the Christian calendar – and, for that matter, whether Easter ought to be celebrated next Sunday at all.
Israel is working with foreign governments and Orthodox Christian leaders in the Holy Land to make sure that one of their most ancient and mysterious rituals — the Holy Fire ceremony — is not extinguished by the coronavirus outbreak, officials said Friday.
The global pandemic is upending the season’s major religious holidays, forcing leaders and practitioners across the spectrum to improvise. They’re having to finding new ways to live out their beliefs in a time of social distancing and empty houses of worship.
As Catholics dutifully sit at home, doing their part to protect vulnerable people from COVID-19, the Holy Spirit has been busy inspiring creative ways to minister in the Archdiocese of Louisville and around the world.
On Friday the Vatican published the official schedule for Pope Francis’s Holy Week liturgies, which will all be livestreamed from St. Peter’s Basilica without faithful due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
President Donald Trump’s “beautiful” idea to reopen the U.S. economy by Easter Sunday and pack church pews that day was dreamed up during a conference call among business leaders desperate to get the country back up and running.