COVID-19 is not God's judgment, but a call to live differently, pope says

Pope Francis carries the monstrance

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The worldwide coronavirus pandemic is not God's judgment on humanity, but God's call on people to judge what is most important to them and resolve to act accordingly from now on, Pope Francis said.

Pope announces extraordinary 'urbi et orbi' blessing March 27

pope at window

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — In response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Pope Francis said he will give an extraordinary blessing "urbi et orbi" (to the city and the world) at 6 p.m. Rome time March 27.

Public Mass ban in Italy leads to new focus on 'spiritual Communion'

Pope Francis celebrates Mass at home

ROME (CNS) — Public Masses are banned throughout Italy, but literally thousands of Masses are celebrated each day and, in addition to watching them on television or computer screens, the faithful can receive "spiritual Communion."