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Pope donates 30 respirators to fight CO19 (Reuters)

“A statement from the office of the papal Almoner, Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, did not say where they would be sent, or if any would go to countries beyond Italy,” according to the report.

'It is the hour of contemplative life,' Cardinal Ouellet tells Poor Clares (L'Osservatore Romano (Italian))

Cardinal Marc Ouellet, PSS, prefect of the Congregation for Bishops since 2010, has written a letter to Mother Chiara Agnese Acquadro, abbess of the Protomonastery of St. Clare in Assisi.

Leading Polish prelate entrusts nation to Sacred Heart of Jesus, Immaculate Heart of Mary (Church in Poland)

On March 25, Portugal and Spain were also consecrated to the Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart.

At weekday Mass, Pope prays for those who are afraid, preaches on idolatry (Zenit)

At a Mass celebrated in the chapel of Domus Sanctae Marthae on March 26 (video), Pope Francis preached on Exodus 32:7-14, the first reading of the day. The Pope invited those watching the Mass to pray St. Alphonsus Liguori’s act of spiritual communion. The Mass concluded with adoration and Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament and the chanting of the Ave Regina Caelorum.

'Don't assume CO19 is God's punishment," says Australian prelate (Catholic Weekly)

“Don’t assume that coronavirus is God’s punishment,” Archbishop Anthony Fisher of Sydney, Australia told his people, as the archdiocese prepared for the suspension of all public Masses. He assured the faithful that priests would continue to celebraet mass in private “subject to government restrictions and public health precautions.”

Georgian Orthodox decry attacks on public worship (Orthochristian)

The Georgian Orthodox patriarchate has responded strongly to critics who have complained about the continuation of public worship during the CO19 epidemic. The patriarchate called on the faithful to be vigilant in following public-health guidelines, but said: “Prohibiting church attendance for those for whom it is vitally needed is an unjustified offense against God.”

Some US bishops lifting meatless-Friday requirement during Lent (

Bishop James Checchio of Metuchen, New Jersey, has led a group of American bishops in dispensing the faithful from the obligation to abstain from meat on Fridays during Lent, because of the “many other sacrifices that we are suddenly experiencing” during the CO19 epidemic. The dispensation does not apply to Good Friday.

Pope asks faithful to join in worldwide prayer today (Vatican News)

Pope Francis has renewed an urgent invitation for the faithful around the world to join him in prayer on Friday, March 27, at 6 pm Rome time (1 pm EDT). As he announced last Sunday, and repeated during his Wednesday public audience, the Pope will give an Urbi et Orbi blessing, and those who participate in the ceremony online may receive a plenary indulgence, subject to the usual conditions. All participation will be remote; the Pope will lead the prayers in an empty St. Peter’s Square.

Leading Brazilian prelate rebukes nation's president on CO19 (CNBB (Portuguese))

President Jair Bolsonaro said that concerns about the virus are overblown; Archbishop Walmor Oliveira de Azevedo of Belo Horizonte, president of the bishops’ conference, denounced his remarks, lamented a “pandemic of irresponsibility,” and urged Brazilians to stay at home.

Miraculous crucifix moved to St. Peter's Square (Francesco Antonio Grana)

Francesco Antonio Grana covers the Vatican for the Roman daily Il Fatto Quotidiano. On March 15, Pope Francis walked to the Church of San Marcello al Corso, where he venerated a crucifix associated with various miracles, including the cessation of a plague in 1522.