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15 charged in New Jersey after attending rabbi's funeral in violation of governor's ban (Philadelphia Inquirer)

The funeral took place in Lakewood Township, a municipality of 92,000 with a large Orthodox Jewish community.

Japanese bishops publish child sex abuse report that lacks many details (UCANews)

“The report does not give details of abusers, whether they were clergy or religious, male or female, nor of places, since such details might jeopardize the privacy of the victims,” UCA News reported.

USCCB president issues Holy Week message (USCCB)

“Future generations will look back on this as the long Lent of 2020, a time when disease and death suddenly darkened the whole earth,” said Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Indian cardinal appeals for cremation, rather than burial, of CO19 victims (UCANews)

In 2016, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith issued an instruction affirming the Church’s preference for burial. The Congregation added, “In circumstances when cremation is chosen because of sanitary, economic or social considerations, this choice must never violate the explicitly-stated or the reasonably inferable wishes of the deceased faithful. The Church raises no doctrinal objections to this practice, since cremation of the deceased’s body does not affect his or her soul, nor does it prevent God, in his omnipotence, from raising up the deceased body to new life.”

Theme of Vatican message to Jains: 'To promote a culture of conviviality together' (Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue)

Jainism is an Indian religion “teaching a path to spiritual purity and enlightenment through disciplined nonviolence (ahimsa, literally ‘noninjury’) to all living creatures” (Encyclopaedia Britannica article).

'Behold my servant, whom I uphold': Pope, on Palm Sunday, preaches on Christ's betrayal and abandonment (Vatican Press Office)

Pope Francis celebrated Palm Sunday Mass (video, booklet) without a congregation in St. Peter’s Basilica.

Cardinal Tagle: 'Our common foe is the infection, not other human beings' (Fides)

“It is shameful that some countries have large reserves of weapons but lack medicines, masks and protective equipment,” said the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples. “t is scandalous that a big portion of national budgets goes to arms but very little to efforts towards dialogue and reconciliation. It is unbelievable that some people in authority use the emergency for political and ethnic bashing, when the virus does not choose races and political persuasions.”

'I bring you the Pope's embrace,' Cardinal Turkson says in hospital visit (Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development)

The prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development also said that “Pope Francis is preparing a gift of 30 to 50 respirators to assist the Agostino Gemelli Hospital in its important task of saving lives.”

Papal Sunday Angelus address: 'Let us walk with faith into Holy Week' (Zenit)

“Let us cling spiritually to the sick, their families and those who treat them with self-sacrifice; let us pray for the deceased,” Pope Francis during at the conclusion of Palm Sunday Mass. “From Mary, we learn interior silence, the gaze of the heart, the loving faith to follow Jesus on the way of the Cross, which leads to the glory of the Resurrection.”

Critical repairs to Notre-Dame Cathedral stalled by pandemic: a visual guide (Wall Street Journal)

“Without the spire and roof in place, the limestone walls of Notre Dame’s nave are at risk of tilting inward and its vaulted ceiling can buckle,” according to the report.