Trying to find the Bright Side of COVID-19

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There is no doubt that these are some unprecedented times! With church and business closings, cancellation of Holy Mass and the necessity of physical distancing, life has dramatically changed for most of us. We’re not trying to downplay the hardships and we continue to pray for all those affected by COVID-19: all those who have […]

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Number of Catholics in World Grows: There Are More Than 1.3 Billion

In the period 2013 to 2018, the number of baptized Catholics in the world increased from 1.254 billion to 1.329 billion, with an absolute increase of 75 million.

These are some of the data drawn from the 2020 Pontifical Yearbook and the 2018 Church’s Statistical Yearbook, published today, March 25, 2020, by the Holy See Press Office. The Church’s Central Statistical Office prepared both reports.

Highlighted in the extract offered is an increase in the incidence of pastoral action in the Catholic world of Africa and Asia in the first five years of His Holiness Pope Francis’ pontificate. Novelties are also deduced in the Pontifical Yearbook on the life of the Catholic Church in the world, from 2019.

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First bishop known to die of coronavirus was missionary in Ethiopia

CNA Staff, Mar 25, 2020 / 07:11 pm (CNA).- The Italian bishop of a missionary region of Ethiopia is the first Catholic bishop known to have died of the global coronavirus pandemic. He died March 25.

Bishop Angelo Moreschi, 67, was the leader of Ethiopia’s Apostolic Vicariate of Gambella, a missionary region of 25,000 Catholics in the western part of the country. He died Wednesday in the Italian city of Brescia, in the Lombardy region that has become the European epicenter of the pandemic.

A member of the Salesians of Don Bosco religious order, Moreschi had been a missionary in Ethiopia since 1991. He was ordained a bishop in January 2010.

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UK groups push for ’emergency contraception’ expansion amid coronavirus outbreak

CNA Staff, Mar 25, 2020 / 06:19 pm (CNA).- While the U.K. government has quickly backed away from rules allowing women to complete a medical abortion at home during the coronavirus pandemic, some groups are lobbying to expand legal access to emergency contraception, which can have abortion-causing effects.

The Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has said consultations for emergency contraception should take place by telephone or video. The drugs are sometimes informally known as the “morning after pill.”

They advise the same consultation practices for contraception prescriptions and for counseling for intrauterine contraceptives and contraceptive implants, the Scottish newspaper The National reports. The faculty, which sets standards in family planning, has also advocated that online contraceptive services be expanded around the U.K.

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