USCCB liturgy chair: No cell phones for confession, no delegation of sacramental anointing

Washington D.C., Mar 27, 2020 / 05:23 pm (CNA).- The chair of the U.S. bishops’ committee on liturgy wrote to U.S. bishops Friday, to clarify issues related to the sacraments of penance and anointing of the sick which have arisen during the Church’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

“With regard to Penance, it is clear that the Sacrament is not to be celebrated via cell phone,” Archbishop Leonard Blair of Hartford wrote in a March 27 memo to U.S. bishops.

“In addition, in the present circumstances cell phones should not be used even for the amplification of voices between a confessor and penitent who are in visual range of each other. Current threats against the seal of confession also raise questions about information on cell phones,” Blair added.

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Espérance! Envolée de cloches les dimanches à midi

Désireux de lancer un message d’espérance au plus grand nombre, les cloches des églises des diocèses de Montréal, Québec, Gatineau et Nicolet (d’autres s’ajouteront sous peu) sonneront pendant 10 minutes, à partir de midi, tous les dimanches jusqu’à Pâques.

Alors que les portes des églises restent fermées pour répondre aux mesures préventives de la COVID-19, les responsables de ces Églises diocésaines catholiques proposent ce geste symbolique que nous sommes appelés à joindre par la prière, unis dans le Christ.

#çavabienaller #Carême #Semainesainte #Pâques #Espérance

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Divine Beauty

“Beauty also reveals God because, like him, a work of beauty is pure gratuity; it calls us to freedom and draws us away from selfishness.” Pope Benedict XVI Art matters.  Beauty matters.  It’s heartening in this extraordinary time filled with fear, anxiety, boredom, frustration, to see so many turn to art, beauty, and the connections … Continue reading Divine Beauty

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As rain beat down and darkness fell, Christ’s Vicar blessed the world

On Friday evening at 6pm Rome time, Pope Francis led the world’s faithful in praying for an end to the coronavirus pandemic that has claimed thousands of lives and transformed societies around the globe.

The Pope began the service in a deserted St Peter’s Square: an arresting scene of desolation at the end of a day on which Italy learned of 4,401 people newly infected and 969 more people who succumbed to the disease between Thursday and Friday.

His 83-year-old body racked with sciatica, Pope Francis walked slowly and gingerly up the sacratum — the broad steps up to a landing before the façade of St Peter’s Basilica. He was helped at the last by his cerimoniere, Mgr Guido Marini, to climb the half-dozen stairs that took him to a chair beneath an awning.

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How CRS is helping refugees amid coronavirus

Dhaka, Bangladesh, Mar 27, 2020 / 04:11 pm (CNA).- There are nearly 700,000 refugees living in close quarters in the world’s largest refugee settlements in Bangladesh, making them vulnerable as the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic spreads. 

Caroline Brennan, Catholc Relief Services’ emergency communications director, told CNA that in areas where CRS is serving refugees, such as in Bangladesh, they are adapting their programs as quickly as possible so they are still relevant and safe during the pandemic.

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