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Pope Francis at the Second World Meeting of Popular Movements in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, July 9, 2015. Credit: Alan Holdren/CNA. /

Pope Proposes Considering a "universal basic wage"

In an Easter letter to members of popular movements and organizations, Pope Francis suggested that the coronavirus crisis may be an occasion to consider a universal basic wage.

Pope Francis gives his Easter message before the Urbi et Orbi blessing on April 12, 2020. Credit: Vatican Media/CNA. /

Pope Francis’ Easter Blessing: May Christ "heal the wounds of an afflicted humanity"

In his Easter blessing, Pope Francis called on humanity to unite in solidarity and look to the risen Christ for hope amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Andrea Bocelli's "Music for Hope" performance will take place Easter Sunday from Milan. Courtesy photo. /

Famed Italian Singer Andrea Bocelli to Livestream Easter Concert from Milan Cathedral

Famed Italian opera singer Andrea Bocelli will livestream on Easter Sunday a solo concert from the Santa Maria Nascente cathedral in Milan. The performer says he aims to send a message of hope, love, and healing to the world amid the global coronavirus pandemic.

Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square April 17, 2019. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA. /

Pope Startles Host with Call on Live TV, Says "I am close to the People of God"

“I am close, I am close to you all,” Pope Francis said on Good Friday, making a surprise call-in to a live Italian television program.

Pope Francis prays by the crucifix in St. Peter's Basilica April 10, 2020. Credit: Vatican Media. /

The Cross has Changed the Meaning of Suffering, Says Papal Preacher on Good Friday

Through his death on the cross, Jesus has redeemed all human pain, including the suffering caused by the coronavirus pandemic, Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa, OFM Cap., said at the Vatican on Good Friday.

Names of the parishioners of Sts. Peter and Paul Parish in Swaziland's Manzini Diocese pinned on benches. / Bishop Jose Luis Ponce de Leon

What a Cleric in Swaziland Has Done to Keep Faithful Engaged During COVID-19

All was well at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Parish in the Diocese of Manzini in the Southern Africa nation of Eswatini, popularly known as Swaziland, until Fr. Francis Onyango announced that Public Mass had been suspended. Fr. Onyango made the announcement that pierced the heart of an elderly woman who was attending Mass that morning on Wednesday, March 18.

An African Bishop reaching out to needy people affected by COVID-19 restrictions. / ACN

Catholic Aid Agency Commits Over US$5 million to Priests, Nuns in COVID-19 Prone Missions

Priests and nuns ministering among those considered vulnerable to COVID-19 in various parts of the world including Africa stand to benefit from a €5M (US$5.43 million) grant that Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International has set aside, the Germany-based Catholic organization has announced.

Bishop Edward Hiiboro Kussala of  Tombura-Yambio diocese, South Sudan. /

Even with COVID-19, “Churches must remain open in our hearts”: South Sudanese Bishop

As governments struggle to contain the spread of COVID-19, reinforcing preventive measures, a South Sudanese Catholic Bishop has encouraged Christians to recognize the fact that as people of God, they are the church that “must remain open” amid directives to close church buildings.

Pope celebrates Mass in St. Peter's on Holy Thursday. Credit: EWTN-CNA Photo/Daniel Ibáñez/Vatican Pool. /

On Holy Thursday, Pope Francis Recalls Priests Dying amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Pope Francis recalled the priests who have lost their lives during the coronavirus crisis as he offered the Mass of the Lord’s Supper in a nearly empty St. Peter’s Basilica.

Cardinal Robert Sarah. Credit: Bohumil Petrik/CNA. /

Coronavirus Victims Have 'inalienable right' to Priests' Help, Says Cardinal Sarah

In the coronavirus pandemic, the sick and dying cannot be denied the sacramental assistance of a priest, Cardinal Robert Sarah said in an interview published Thursday.

Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of Nigeria’s Abuja Archdiocese with the Secretary to the Federal Government (SGF), Boss Gidahyelda Mustapha during the Wednesday, April 8 audience in Abuja, Nigeria. / CBCN

Church in Nigeria Grants Government “full access to” All Catholic Health Facilities

In a move to boost Nigeria government’s efforts to contain COVID-19 in the country, Catholic Bishops in Africa’s most populous nation have granted their country’s task force overseeing the pandemic “full access to” all health facilities, which the Catholic Church owns, a Church official has reported.

Archbishop John Bonaventure Kwofie with Patrick Darko Missah during donation exercise at the Ghana prisons headquarters, Tuesday, April 7 2020. /

Church in Ghana Lauded for Taking Fight against COVID -19 to Prisons

The Catholic Church in Ghana has been applauded for responding promptly to a special appeal from the Administration of the Ghana Prisons Service to donate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to help avert the spread of COVID-19 in the 44 Prisons in the West African country that has a total of 15,000 inmates.

The Pontifical University Santa Croce. CNA file photo /

Retired Scripture Professor is First Priest Known to Die in Rome of COVID-19

Fr. Miguel Ángel Tábet is believed to be the first priest to die of the coronavirus in Rome. Two other priests living in the same residence of Opus Dei in Rome remain hospitalized.

Phillip Cardinal Ouédraogo, President of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM), currently being treated for COVID-19. /

African Cardinal Hospitalized for COVID-19 Calls for “solidarity” in Tackling Pandemic

The Archbishop of Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso, Phillip Cardinal Ouédraogo who was hospitalized at the end of last month for COVID-19 has, in his message on the occasion of Palm Sunday celebrated April 5, called for solidarity in the care for patients diagnosed with the virus that has claimed at least 82,000 lives globally.

Pope Francis gives his general audience address in the apostolic palace April 1, 2020. Credit: Vatican Media. /

Ponder Christ’s Passion Amid the Coronavirus Crisis, Pope Urges

Meditating on Christ's Passion can help us as we struggle with questions about God and suffering during the coronavirus crisis, Pope Francis said at his general audience Wednesday.

Fr. Gérard Lagleder and some of his staff in an Order of Malta clinic in Mandeni, South Africa. / Vatican News

Rome-based Catholic Lay Religious Order Supporting Fight against COVID-19 in Africa

The Order of Malta, a Rome-based Catholic lay Religious Order that is active in some 120 countries, is supporting efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19 in Africa where the centuries old institution is present in over 30 nations.

Fridolin Ambongo Cardinal Besungu, Archbishop of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo /

After Ebola, COVID-19 Outbreak "would be a disaster," DR Congolese Cardinal Cautions

As countries put in place measures to contain the spread of COVID-19, a Cardinal in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has cautioned that the spread of the pandemic in the Central African nation would be disastrous, as the country does not have the capability of handling another outbreak, soon after struggling over the years to fight Ebola epidemic.

Bishop Emmanuel Badejo blessing the oils during the Chrism Mass at  at Our Lady of Assumption Cathedral Oyo, April 7, 2020. / Oyo Diocese

"We are compelled to ask God to heal our world": Nigerian Bishop at Chrism Mass

The call for divine intervention to heal the world including the people of God affected by COVID-19, a pandemic that has occasioned unprecedented restrictions, is a key highlight of Bishop Emmanuel Badejo’s Chrism Mass message for the Priests in his diocese of Oyo, Nigeria.

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Saving Elderly from COVID-19 "a priority," Vatican’s Laity Dicastery Says

During the coronavirus pandemic, saving the elderly must be just as important as saving others, the Vatican’s Laity, Family, and Life dicastery has said.

Official Logo Union of the African Catholic Press (UCAP). / UCAP

Catholic Journalists in Africa Urged “to spot, debunk misinformation” about COVID-19

Catholic journalists in Africa are being encouraged to take up the responsibility of identifying and exposing fake news about COVID-19 in the face of increasing misinformation on the pandemic that has claimed over 74,000 lives globally, with at least 1.33 million confirmed cases.