Latest stories: Coronavirus

Members of the Catholic Justice and Peace Commission (CJPC) of Kenya's Malindi Diocese preparing to distribute food items and liquid handwashing soap to vulnerable families. / Catholic Diocese of Malindi/CJPC

Inside Kenya’s "young" Diocese with Enviable COVID-19 Intervention Strategies

The story of Malindi Diocese located on the brink of the Indian Ocean at the Kenyan coastal county of Kilifi is a story of resilience, much as it is an inspiration to the other 25 dioceses grappling with COVID-19 pandemic in the East African country.

Pope Francis. Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/CNA /

Pope Francis Starts Fund of 1 million Euros for Rome’s Unemployed after Coronavirus

As Bishop of Rome, Pope Francis has started a fund with 1 million euros ($1.1 million) to help those in the Diocese of Rome who are facing economic difficulty because of the coronavirus

Late President Pierre Nkurunziza and wife Denise Bucumi Nkurunziza at a national Prayer for Peace in Bujumbura. /

Burundi's Government Calls for “calm, prayers” Following the President’s Death

Government officials in Burundi have asked the citizens of the East African nation “to remain calm” and to pray for the soul of their country’s President, Pierre Nkurunziza who died Monday, June 8 at the age of 55.

Berhaneyesus Cardinal Souraphel, Archbishop of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. /

Amid Stay-at-Home Directive, “something good can still emerge”: Ethiopian Cardinal

The head of the Catholic Church in Ethiopia has encouraged the people of God in the country to turn the challenge of staying at home amid COVID-19 into an opportunity for reflection “on the meaning of life” in the light of the “Word of God.”

Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square Feb. 26, 2020. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA. /

The Trinity is Saving Love for a Broken World: Pope Francis

The Holy Trinity is saving love in a world filled with corruption, evil, and the sinfulness of men and women, Pope Francis said Sunday.

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Catholic Priests May be Feeling “nonessential” amid COVID-19: Here's How You Can Help

As restrictions meant to slow the spread of COVID-19 have forced churches to close or limit their activity in recent months, priests across the U.S. and other parts of the world may be feeling “nonessential” as they struggle to support or even engage with their parish community, one psychologist said.

People pass in front of St. Peter's Basilica at the end of May. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA. /

Vatican: No Active Coronavirus Cases among Employees

The Vatican said Saturday the city state no longer has any active positive cases among employees, after a 12th person had tested positive in early May.

The Provincial Superior of Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI) in DRC, Fr. Joseph Ntumba with Sisters of the Holy Family of Bordeaux after Bicentenary Jubilee Mass in Kinshasa, DR Congo. /

Bishop in DR Congo Encourages “gratitude for blessings” as Order of Nuns Marks 200 Years

At celebrations marking 200 years since the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Bordeaux was founded, members of the French-founded Religious Order living their mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have been encouraged to turn to the Lord with “gratitude for the continued and countless blessings” as they seek to foster “a life of love in obedience and selflessness.”

Pope Francis prays at the Lourdes Grotto in the Vatican Gardens May 30, 2020. Credit: Vatican Media /

"Virgin Mary, intercede for an end to this terrible pandemic”: Pope Francis During Rosary

Pope Francis asked the Virgin Mary to intercede for an end to “this terrible pandemic” as he recited the rosary with Marian shrines worldwide via videolink May 30.

Documents from the Pontificate of Pius XII released by the Vatican Apostolic Archive. Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/CNA /

After 12 Weeks, Vatican Archives to Reopen to Researchers June 1

The Vatican Apostolic Archive will reopen to researchers June 1 after closing for 12 weeks due to Italy’s coronavirus lockdown.

Members of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB). /

“We are concerned about the current political mood in the country”: Bishops in Kenya

Bishops in Kenya are concerned about the “divisive politics” being witnessed in the country at a time when political leaders are expected to demonstrate the unity of purpose in the fight against COVID-19.

Pope Francis prays before Our Lady of Fatima May 13, 2015. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA. /

Pope Francis, Catholic Shrines to Offer Rosary for Mary’s Help During Pandemic

Pope Francis will pray the rosary in the Vatican Gardens’ Lourdes grotto on Saturday, as Catholic shrines from around the world join via video streaming.

Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. Credit: Pavel Cheskidov/Shutterstock. /

Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem Reopens with Restrictions

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem is reopening this weekend, after being closed in late March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Archbishop Stephen Ameyu of the Archdiocese of Juba, South Sudan. /

Church Leader Wants “total lockdown” as South Sudan’s Dignitaries Test COVID-19 Positive

The fight against COVID-19 in South Sudan requires an application of stringent measures especially implementing “a total lockdown,” Archbishop Stephen Ameyu of the Archdiocese of Juba has suggested following reports of infections in the family of the country’s first Vice President (VP), Dr. Riek Machar alongside other government dignitaries.

Cardinal Michael Czerny, undersecretary of the migrants and refugees section of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development. Credit: Pablo Esparza/CNA. /

Immigrants are Essential, COVID-19 Shows: Vatican-based Jesuit Cardinal

The emergency caused by coronavirus has made the situation of many vulnerable people even more precarious; it has also highlighted that immigrants are essential to the fabric of our society, said Cardinal Michael Czerny.

Logo of the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar (JCAM), the body that brings together Jesuit Major Superiors of Africa and Madagascar. / Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar (JCAM)

Heal “injustice of poverty” in Africa to Successfully Contain COVID-19: Jesuits

Members of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) in Africa and Madagascar have, in a Press Release May 15, expressed concerns about the level of poverty on the continent terming it an “injustice” and addressed various entities that could help address the challenge amid COVID-19 crisis.

Bishop Natale Paganelli, Apostolic Administrator of Makeni, Sierra Leone. / Vatican News

“Engage in responsible dialogue on security, (public) welfare”: Bishop in Sierra Leone

The COVID-19-related violence in the West African nation of Sierra Leone has drawn condemnation from a Bishop who has called upon all parties in the conflict to engage in “responsible dialogue” for the good of the people of God in the West African nation.

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Vatican Calls Attention to Growing Food Crisis From Coronavirus

The coronavirus emergency is also causing a food-related crisis, Vatican officials said Saturday, encouraging people to do their small part to help those who are going hungry.

Bishops in Burundi with Pope Francis during their ad limina visit in Rome in 2018. /

“We’ll continue to live together even after elections,” Bishops in Burundi Decry Violence

Members of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of Burundi (CECAB) are concerned about the election-related violence in their country and have called on the parties behind the conflict to look beyond the election event that is expected to take place May 20.

Logo Episcopal Conference of Ivory Coast (CECCI). /

Celebration of Public Mass in Ivory Coast to Resume Sunday with 200-Person Congregation

Following the decision by the government of Ivory Coast to ease restrictions put in place to curb the spread of COVID-19, Catholic Bishops in the West African nation have announced the lifting of the suspension on the celebration of Mass in public effective May 17 and directed Priests to ensure those in attendance do not exceed 200.