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Published: May 20, 2020   
CNS / Michael Alexander, Georgia Bulletin

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Catholic chaplains see ministry curtailed in hospitals

FORT SMITH -- Arkansas’ three Catholic health care systems — CHI St. Vincent, Mercy and St. Bernards -- are finding new ways to deal with the challenge of offering pastoral care to patients hospitalized with COVID-19 and other serious illnesses.

Catholic Communication Campaign funds free flow of information

While many people can’t be attending Mass yet, the Catholic Communication Campaign collection will still be taken up as planned May 16-17.


Rosalie “Pooey” Pope, 90, a member of St. Edward Church in Texarkana, died March 7. She is survived by ...

Atlanta’s new archbishop installed in quiet ceremony

ATLANTA -- In the silence of the Cathedral of Christ the King, Archbishop Gregory J. Hartmayer was installed May 6 as leader of the 1.2 million Catholics in the Archdiocese of Atlanta, telling believers they must care for each other without limit.

Some U.S. dioceses resume public Masses as early as May 9

WASHINGTON -- A handful of U.S. dioceses, including Little Rock, that have not celebrated Masses for roughly two months since the emergence of the coronavirus pandemic have now taken the first steps to reopening their parishes for Mass.

European churches resuming public Masses, with limits

ROME -- With a number of countries in Europe slowly easing restrictions as part of a long-term strategy for containing the spread of the coronavirus, churches, too, are seeing changes in what is or will be allowed.

English Catholic school starts turning out visors for health care workers

MANCHESTER, England -- Staff and students of a Catholic secondary school are making thousands of visors to equip front-line health service staff in the battle against the coronavirus.

Why do we tolerate less reverence at Mass?

Q. Can we please begin to restore reverence at Mass? I see young women wearing short shorts, men in flip-flops and other inappropriate clothing. (Question Corner, Seeds of Faith)

Who is God calling you to become during the pandemic?

In the week since Pope Francis’ special Urbi et Orbi March 27, I keep going back to the images in my mind. Was it not haunting? Watching our very frail-looking pontiff walking alone through a dark, rainy, cold St. Peter Square just about ripped my heart out. It was the perfect metaphor for the entire world in the past several weeks. Dark. Quiet. Frightening. (Columns)

Support our churches during pandemic

Amid the death and suffering we see all around us during the coronavirus pandemic, many Catholics have experienced other painful disruptions to their lives as well: a sacramental famine, as most Catholics have been cut off from weekly Mass and the reception of Communion, but also a famine of physical fellowship, of the biblical notion of koinonia, as most are also separated by quarantine from the community we found in our parishes and church ministries. (Guest commentary)

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