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Coronavirus Latest From Rome

UPDATES (Rome time)   March 28, 5.04pm Holy See Press Office spokesman Matteo Bruni has issued a statement confirming reports that a person tested positive yesterday for the coronavirus in the Casa Santa Marta, saying the total number of...

The Fight You Want to Lose

The image of the Christian life as a struggle or combat is long established. “Onward, Christian Soldiers” was a motif for confirmandi long before it became a Protestant hymn in mid-19th century England. Christianity’s martial spirit made it a...

Repent and Believe in the Gospel

For many of us, going to confession this Lent is on the list of things that have suddenly become difficult or impossible because of COVID-19. Since it’s unlikely we’ll be able to queue up for the sacrament in person in the near future, Pope...

Shopping and Social Distancing for a Bustling Domestic Church

Well, hello out there! How is the social distancing going? I’m here in Colorado, with all of my kids now learning at home, along with my husband who is now working from home. As of this writing it’s snowing, which means we are all not only home...

5 Hard Truths That Will Set You Free, The Oldest Known List Of Books In The New Testament, And More!

Five Hard Truths That Will Set You Free – Msgr. Charles Pope at Community in Mission +1 The Muratorian Fragment: The Oldest Known List of Books in the New Testament –

How Renaissance Florence Held Hygienic Masses During the Plague

Florence Under Siege: Surviving Plague in an Early Modern City, by John Henderson, is a fascinating book, not least for its chapter on how the Church in Florence handled the plague of 1630. Henderson’s thesis, briefly, is that during the plague...

Hope is More Contagious Than Fear

The power of hope over fear is foundational to our Catholic faith! Which are you spreading? Which one are you fueling? How can you have a sense of humor about the otherwise unnerving situation we are all in without mocking people who are just...

How Christ Makes Himself Present to the City and to the World

Communal prayer has taken a completely different form in the face of the reality of the novel coronavirus. We no longer can go to Mass. Many of us can’t even go into a church.  But still we pray.    As I’ve participated in prayer through...

Watch Today’s Mass from EWTN

During this time, especially during the Lenten season, we wanted to remind you that EWTN broadcasts the daily Mass live at 8 a.m. Eastern from Our Lady of the Angels Chapel on the EWTN campus in Irondale, Alabama. You can watch live on TV or...

Pope Francis’ Homily at Extraordinary ‘Urbi et Orbi’ Blessing

“When evening had come” (Mk 4:35). The Gospel passage we have just heard begins like this. For weeks now it has been evening. Thick darkness has gathered over our squares, our streets and our cities; it has taken over our lives, filling...