- Apr 4, 2020
Because much of the novel unfolds against the backdrop of an outbreak of the plague, it’s no surprise Alessandro Manzoni’s famous work “I Promessi Sposi” has been much-cited over the past month, as Italy has grappled with the highest coronavirus death count in the world
The decrease in the number of religious brothers and of women in religious orders is “worrying,” according to the Vatican statistics office.
With the number of priests and religious dying from coronavirus-related illnesses rising, Pope Francis offered his prayers for those who died after being infected helping COVID-19 patients and their communities.
There’s no sense pretending there isn’t an increasingly political edge to some Catholic conversation about the Church’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Since the Catholic Church is sui generis, the coronavirus scare is having some unique implications for ecclesiastical life.
Pope Francis has sent a strong letter to priests urging them to go out and bring faithful the sacraments amid the coronavirus outbreak, voicing fear that some might leave the Church due to it’s failure to be there for people in times of need.