Across Europe churches offer empty facilities to help fight coronavirus

Catholic dioceses and religious orders across Europe are offering to turn Church facilities into spaces needed for health care or housing during the Covid-19 pandemic. Church leaders throughout Europe have been struggling to maintain Catholic religious devotions during enforced national lockdowns against the coronavirus. They have also sought ways, in addition to regular aid from…

Crisis helps parishes reach unchurched

Chai
 Brady 
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 Hegarty   The coronavirus crisis can be an opportunity for parishes to creatively reconnect with people who have lost touch with the Church, it has been claimed. It comes as parishes up and down the country are finding new ways to offer liturgy and pastoral support due to the suspension of…

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Coronavirus kills more than 50 priests in Italy

Dioceses in Italy have reported the deaths of around 50 priests as a result of the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak, according to official Church sources in the country. Avvenire, the Italian newspaper owned by the Italian bishops’ conference, attributes the majority of these priests’ deaths to Covid-19. The publication also noted two cases where Fr Guido…

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162,000 tune in to RTÉ TV for Sunday Mass

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 Brady
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 Aron
 Hegarty   A third of people watching television in Ireland on Sunday at 11am were watching Mass according to RTÉ’s Head of Religious Programmes, with the number of viewers rising substantially. Over 160,000 people tuned in to Mass celebrated by Fr Gabriel Kinahan on March 22 as the coronavirus (Covid-19) continues…

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US child protection pioneer to receive Church honour

A leading trailblazer in the fight against clergy sexual abuse is to receive the highest honour in the US Church. On March 22, the University of Notre Dame announced that Dr Kathleen McChesney, who worked for decades in law enforcement before being tapped to establish and lead the Office of Child Protection for the United States…

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