- Mar 3, 2021
Infectious disease experts are expressing concern about Pope Francis’s upcoming trip to Iraq, given a sharp rise in coronavirus infections there, a fragile health care system and the unavoidable likelihood that Iraqis will crowd to see him.
Brooklyn Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio said Feb. 22 a lawsuit filed against him in New Jersey Superior Court over a claim of abuse that allegedly occurred decades ago “is defamatory.”
For believers, the ability to practice their faith and receive spiritual guidance are “the highest of essential services,” and pandemic practices over the past year have shown they are not automatically super-spreader events, the Vatican foreign minister said.
Monday night, Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago encouraged Catholics to “not let one day go by without a prayer of remembrance for the millions across the globe” already lost to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Catholic officials have asked the Irish prime minister to allow people to return to public worship during the Lenten season.
Ireland’s top prelate has called on political parties in Ireland to “recognize very differing perspectives” as the island marks the centenary of partition and the establishment of Northern Ireland.