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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.

Mexican bishops: Avoid layoffs, ‘We’re all in the same boat’

The coronavirus crisis is escalating pressures on business leaders to lay off workers in a country with an already stagnating economy and a weak social safety net.

Vatican publishes document on right to water access

The right to clean water "can make the difference between survival and death," so defending it is part of the Catholic Church's promotion of the common good, according to a new document.

Poor migrants in India suffer in lockdown with no food

India's prime minister apologized for the chaotic implementation of a 21-day lockdown of the country's 1.37 billion people that has left people scrambling for basics amid the harsh crackdown by police.

While people stay home, pope calls for help for homeless

As governments have issued shelter-in-place orders to curb the spread of the coronavirus, Pope Francis asked people to pray for and assist those who are homeless, and offered a reflection on the cross.

Pope joins U.N. call for immediate global cease-fire

Saying conflicts can never be resolved with war, Pope Francis added his support to a U.N. appeal for a global cease-fire amid the worldwide threat of the COVID-19 pandemic.