During pandemic, more abortion drugs dispensed via telemedicine

Denver Newsroom, Apr 29, 2020 / 08:30 pm (CNA).- The numbers of women seeking at-home medication abortions through an experimental U.S. telemedicine provider has reportedly doubled under the coronavirus epidemic, though pro-life advocates said there are good reasons for restrictions on the practice.

“Unfortunately women are being influenced by fear right now, and this is being perpetuated by the abortion industry,” Dr. Christina Francis, an Indiana-based OB/GYN and chairman of the board of the American Association of Pro-Life OBGYNs, told EWTN Pro-Life Weekly April 23.

“Certainly all of us are facing uncertain circumstances,” Francis said. “There are a lot of women out there who find themselves pregnant and are not sure what they are going to do. Maybe they are facing the fact that they don’t have a job or they are struggling to put food on the table. But this is not a reason why we should push women into abortions.”

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Seeking Mary’s intercession amid a worldwide pandemic

On May 1, Canadian bishops, in solidarity with bishops in the U.S., consecrate their individual dioceses and eparchies to Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church, seeking her maternal protection during the coronavirus pandemic.

Pastors, families, groups, individuals and other faith communities are invited to join the consecration as part of the global effort to unite in faith and prayer.

Join Edmonton Archbishop Smith Richard online for a livestreamed Mass on Friday, May 1, at 9 a.m, where he will offer special prayers for healing and protection at the same time as other Alberta Bishops. In this video, Archbishop Smith explains what that Marian consecration means.

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Catholic university stages a ‘digital play’ amid quarantine

Denver Newsroom, Apr 29, 2020 / 05:13 pm (CNA).- While the coronavirus has shut down universities and artistic events, the drama department of a Catholic university performed a play nevertheless, through a video conference.

A production of Shakespeare’s “Measure for Measure” was meant to be staged last week. Because of the pandemic, the Catholic University of America’s Rome School of Music, Drama, and Art instead performed the play on Youtube.

Eleanor Holdridge, chair of the drama department and the play director, told CNA that the play was a blessing, allowing the students a break from isolation and bringing art into homes amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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