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Pope on Palm Sunday: Life, measured by love, is meant to serve others

With a small procession down the empty central nave of St. Peter’s Basilica, Pope Francis began Holy Week without the presence of the faithful due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Asian cardinal says Communist Party to blame for covering up COVID-19

Cardinal Bo of Myanmar called the Chinese Communist Party "morally culpable" for initially covering up the full dangers of the virus, which originated in Wuhan, China.

Pope moves Good Friday collection for Holy Land to September

With Holy Week celebrations closed to the public due to the coronavirus pandemic, Pope Francis postponed the traditional collection in churches worldwide to Sept. 13.

St. John Paul showed how to face suffering by embracing God, Mary

Remembering St. John Paul II and the 15th anniversary of his death, Pope Francis encouraged people to pray for his intercession and trust in Divine Mercy, especially in the "difficult days" of the coronavirus pandemic.

St. John Paul remembered as world’s conscience, modern-day apostle

The pontiff, who died 15 years ago on April 2, had a philosopher's intellect, a pilgrim's spiritual intensity and an actor's flair for the dramatic over his 26-year pontificate, the third longest in history.

Latin America’s bishops call for consecration to Our Lady of Guadalupe

Plans are forming for an act of consecration of Latin America and the Caribbean to Our Lady of Guadalupe on Easter, "asking her for health and an end to the pandemic."

Vatican approves special ‘Mass in the Time of Pandemic’

The Vatican granted requests from bishops to provide special prayers and suggestions for Scripture readings for Masses except on solemnities, including holy week and Easter.

Three African countries show readiness for COVID pandemic

Some African countries have experience battling the Ebola epidemic. Ghana, Sierra Leone and Congo are preparing residents for home lockdowns and, in one case, closing borders.

Catholic leaders urge protection of indigenous during pandemic

Indigenous people in the Amazon basin live in remote areas far from medical facilities or in precarious housing on the edges of cities, often with unsafe water polluted by over development.

On outskirts of Buenos Aires, parishes mobilize for COVID-19

A parish soup kitchen in one of the rough shanty towns near the Brazilian capital was serving 1,500 people a day, but that has swelled to some 4,000 a day with coronavirus restrictions.