- Aug 3, 2020
Despite being surrounded by war, persecution and destruction, the archbishop of war-torn Aleppo in Syria says that he’s still able to find happiness.
About two and one-half months after public Masses were halted due to safety precautions against the spread of the coronavirus, parishioners came home to Mass on Pentecost Sunday, May 31, in a country church that many consider home, Our Lady of the Wayside in Chaptico, in the Archdiocese of Washington.
In India, Pentecost was marked by an ecumenical spirit, with members of various churches around the country praying together at noon from home, since the country is still in lockdown due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, Pope Francis joined an initiative of the Anglican Church, praying that people would be converted and use the pandemic’s disruption to begin anew.
As Catholics around the world celebrated Pentecost Sunday, bishops and bishops’ conferences released messages to mark the occasion. Though most were heavily influenced by the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, the tone varied depending on what “phase” of pandemic their regions are in.
Pope Francis Sunday closed a marathon of activities and messages over the weekend with a livestreamed Mass on the feast of Pentecost, insisting that the Holy Spirit is a gift from God that unites, and for whom distinctions such as “conservative” or “progressive” have no meaning.