Daily News

Morning must-reads

April 3

Virus sickens over 1M across the world, kills 53,000+

N.Y. Times provides free U.S. & global data and maps

CUA makes vaccine patents free for COVID-19 research

Biology prof Rao has created vaccine-development platform

Venezuela bishops warn of potential violent explosions

Health emergency aggravates food, medicine shortages

Priests, bishops put 40 Hours Devotion on Facebook Live

Each takes an hour to preach, pray rosary, offer prayers

Calif.: 11 PP abortion centers temp. closed due to virus

Meanwhile, 30K docs call clinics still open 'irresponsible'

Oregon: 104-year-old WWII veteran beats coronavirus

Was diagnosed on March 5, lives to see another birthday

April 2

Vatican issues special Masses and Good Friday prayers

Votive Mass & intention implore God's mercy amid crisis

Cdl. Bo: China's Communist Party culpable for pandemic

Calls for 'apologies, compensation' for 'destruction caused'

As curbs ease in Wuhan, religious places are kept shut

Locals express ongoing fear of virus, may stay home anyway

CNA lists U.S. diocesan policies on sacramental access

Bishops limit or suspend access to confession, anointing

Calif. court: No redacting documents in baby-parts case

Concerning Univ. of Washington’s taxpayer-funded work

Wuhan: Endless queues for ashes cast doubts on stats

Authorities ban, censor photos of lines at crematoria

April 1

Mexican bishops declare National Day of Penance, 4/3

Holy Hour, Stations of the Cross, Divine Mercy Chaplet

Cardinal president of Africa-wide bishops’ conf. is ill

From Burkina Faso, which has largest outbreak in W. Africa

Indian diocese offers its 140 schools to house patients

Bishop directs all parish priests to aid migrant laborers

Vatican News pulls article on ecological benefit of virus

Jesuit wrote that reduction in all travel helps the planet

Mission focuses on poorest Brazilians during pandemic

11.4M live in crowded slums, on streets of São Paulo, Rio

Concerns grow for those living in world's war zones

Virus will decimate areas with poor water, health services

March 31

Coronavirus spreads among religious orders in Italy

Six from one convent die; 79 diocesan priests are dead

Cardinal close to Pope is hospitalized with COVID-19

Italy passes 100,000 cases, approaches 11,600 deaths

Priests arrested for public Masses during shutdowns

In Uganda and two locations in India’s Kerala state

As virus spreads, Kenyans flee cities for rural villages

Despite warning from clerics and government officials

Canonist: Bishops are nixing 'necessities of spiritual life'

Inappropriate to put 'blanket prohibitions' on sacraments

Haiti missionary: 'What will happen will be catastrophic'

'No clean water to wash hands, no health infrastructure'

March 30

Pope Francis calls for global ceasefire amid pandemic

And asks authorities to be mindful of vulnerable prisoners

USCCB liturgy chairman: No cell phones for confession

Anointing of the Sick can't be delegated to nurse, doctor

Cdl. Tagle calls for debt forgiveness for poor nations

Decries mask shortage but 'more than enough bullets'

K of C offers short-term loans to help dioceses get by

$100M fund, with $1M secured line of credit per diocese

Six Vatican employees, citizens test positive for virus

Pope continues meetings, including with Italian PM

India: Millions of unemployed return to home villages

Missions help Dalits, poor who may 'feed on grass' only

March 27

Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulchre is closed

Franciscans continue with 7 Masses per day, no pilgrims

Pope will offer Easter liturgies in St. Peter's Basilica

Chrism Mass to be transferred; Stations led from parvis

Croatia: Zagreb's cathedral is damaged in earthquake

5.2 magnitude quake was strongest to hit city in 140 years

Pope donates 30 respirators to needy hospitals

Death toll in Italy is well over double that seen elsewhere

Four abducted charity volunteers released in Iraq

After France announces withdrawal of 200 troops there

N. Italy: 'We Take the Dead From Morning Till Night'

N.Y. Times offers photo-journal from hard-hit Bergamo

March 26

24 countries consecrated to Jesus and Mary at Fatima

Portuguese bishops add Spain, others at bishops' requests

Miraculous 'plague' crucifix moved to St. Peter’s Square

To be present for Pope's Urbi et Orbi benediction on Fri.

Italian priest who lives in Pope's building has COVID-19

All who live or work at Santa Marta are now being tested

5 U.S. states move to suspend 'non-essential' abortions

But enforcement is weak and clinics openly defy law

Vatican: Decree intended to stop contagion, not prayer

Abp. answers questions to CDW about Triduum, Easter

3.2 million filed U.S. unemployment claims last week

And Senate unanimously passes $2 trillion stimulus plan

March 25

Pope leads Christians in global Our Father prayer

Ecumenical event marks the Solemnity of the Annunciation

Colorado becomes 22nd state to repeal death penalty

Pol cites aim: Protect 'life from conception to natural death'

Abp. Naumann spotlights encyclical Evangelium Vitae

On its 25th anniversary; calls for help to women in need

Vatican’s daily paper suspends print edition, 2nd time

Last was Sept. 1870, when Italian forces entered Rome

Bells of all French churches to toll 10 minutes tonight

To celebrate feast, continue to pray together amid virus

Quarter of world's population is under COVID lockdown

India's 1.3 billion face 'total ban' on leaving homes

March 24

At least 60 Italian priests have died of COVID-19

Bishops publish names of 51 diocesan priests, 9 religious

Iranian cleric asks Pope to help end U.S. sanctions

U.S. has offered aid but Ayatollah Ali Khamenei refused

Minn.: Vatican fails on accountability in Nienstedt case

Six months after complaint, archdiocese awaits response

Ohio and Texas AGs order halt to elective abortions

Contrast to WA, MA, where abortion is deemed essential

Travel to and from Wuhan is set to restart on April 8th

Asymptomatic positive cases not counted in China's stats

Is Iran's gov't covering the true scale of its virus crisis?

Qom, their virus epicenter, is big pilgrimage site for Shias

March 23

Vatican issues decree to bishops re: Holy Week, Easter

Paschal Triduum 'cannot be transferred to another time'

Plenary indulgences given for virus victims, caregivers

And for all those who pray for an end to the epidemic

Vatican: Bishops may allow general absolution in crisis

Responsibility of diocesan bishop to call 'grave necessity'

Pope to give special Urbi et Orbi blessing amid crisis

Friday, March 27, 6 p.m. Rome time; will be broadcast

59 religious sisters at two convents by Rome have virus

As do priests, half of seminarians at German FSSP seminary

Former Cincinnati archbp. Daniel Pilarczyk dies at 85

Began in 1974 as auxiliary under Bernardin, retired in '09

March 20

Northern Italy: 28 priests have died from COVID-19

Youngest was 54; more than half were over 80 years old

Washington Lt. Gov. to leave office, join the Jesuits

Hears call to dedicate self in 'more direct, personal way'

New Zealand bishops lament new abortion law

NZ has been only Western nation to hold abortion illegal

Charities see pandemic's threat to homeless population

Quarantines don't apply; 'close quarters' in many shelters

Taiwan's response to virus has been hugely successful

Due to safety protocols & stockpiles of medical items

Jerusalem is on lockdown, empty of pilgrims & visitors

During months when religious tourism is usually highest

March 19

Public Masses suspended in all 50 U.S. states

Exceptions in military archdiocese and St. Thomas, VI

India: Missionaries of Charity on alert as virus spreads

Facilities are barring visitors, volunteers as precaution

Pew: 54% think of 'the pope' when they hear 'Catholic'

Only 12% think 'Jesus,' 5% the Virgin Mary, and 2% 'God'

Medjugorje 'visionary': Monthly apparitions ended

Vatican report distinguished her early and later claims

China trumpets medical-supply aid to Italy and others

Stands as victor over virus and as a 'model of society'

Iran sees spike in reported coronavirus deaths

Highways crowded with travelers for Persian New Year

March 18

147 U.S. dioceses have suspended all public Masses

Of 177 total; per yesterday's OSV list update, linked above

Pope encourages small acts of love during quarantine

'We must rediscover the concreteness' of 'small gestures'

Poorer parishes already feel quarantine cash crunch

Pastor foresees 'potentially crippling, if not mortal, blow'

Dedicated priests create ways to provide sacraments

Like 'drive-in theater' style Mass, drive-thru confessions

350 Nigerian Christians killed in first 2 months of 2020

Report calls nation 'a killing field of defenseless Christians'

Canada's psychiatrists redefine suicide as healthcare

Mentally ill have 'right' to 'same options' as all patients

March 17

U.S.: 85 of 177 Latin-rite dioceses suspend public Masses

List compiled by Our Sunday Visitor is linked above

Lourdes shrine in France closes for first time in history

Novena to Our Lady of Lourdes runs from March 17-25

U.S. reporting system for episcopal abuse cases is up

Allegations will be forwarded to metropolitan archbishops

Philadelphia: Msgr. William Lynn goes back on trial

Conviction has twice been overturned by appeals courts

Chinese production, consumption, exports fall sharply

Gov't: 95% of large businesses, 60% of small, reopened

Half of U.S. seminarians in Rome returned home

Those who stayed are observing aggressive quarantine