Update: Vatican says general absolution may be permissible during pandemic
The dome of St. Peter's Basilica is pictured at the Vatican. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See VATICAN-PANDEMIC-ABSOLUTION-INDULGENCES March 20, 2020.

Update: Vatican says general absolution may be permissible during pandemic

The dome of St. Peter's Basilica is pictured at the Vatican. CNS photo/Paul Haring. VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- In places particularly hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic and with severe…

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Pandemic can be time to rediscover love, kindness, pope says
Sammy Kent looks at a free book as she holds her lunch at a student meal distribution site at a Seattle school March 17, 2020. (CNS photo/Lindsey Wasson, Reuters) See POPE-INTERVIEW-CORONAVIRUS March 18, 2020.

Pandemic can be time to rediscover love, kindness, pope says

Sammy Kent looks at a free book as she holds her lunch at a student meal distribution site at a Seattle school March 17, 2020. CNS photo/Lindsey Wasson, Reuters VATICAN…

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Bethlehem family, on lockdown, prepares for Easter with films on saints
George and Randa Sabat and their four children pray at home during the coronavirus lockdown of Bethlehem, West Bank, March 17, 2020. "Even though we already have a good relationship with the church, during this difficult time our connection has become even better," George Sabat said. (CNS photo/courtesy Sabat family) See BETHLEHEM-LOCKDOWN-FAMILY March 19, 2020.

Bethlehem family, on lockdown, prepares for Easter with films on saints

George and Randa Sabat and their four children pray at home during the coronavirus lockdown of Bethlehem, West Bank, March 17, 2020. "Even though we already have a good relationship…

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Lent in the time of coronavirus: More prayer and unexpected penance
Jun Lee, a Catholic from South Korea, prays in front of an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe at St. James Cathedral in Seattle March 12, 2020, the day after the Archdiocese of Seattle announced the temporary suspension of all public Masses to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. Catholic leaders say Lent during a pandemic can offer the faithful extra time to pray and reflect during the season leading to Easter. (CNS photo/Jason Redmond, Reuters) See CORONAVIRUS-LENT March 19, 2020.

Lent in the time of coronavirus: More prayer and unexpected penance

Jun Lee, a Catholic from South Korea, prays in front of an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe at St. James Cathedral in Seattle March 12, 2020, the day after…

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In the time of COVID-19, the cloistered life offers lessons for the world
Capuchin Franciscan Sister Maria Elena Romero, in this undated photo at the Veronica Giuliani Monastery in Wilmington, Del., entered the life of a cloistered nun in 1983 when she joined the order of St. Clare. Though many are struggling with limiting contact with others as the world deals with COVID-19, this can be a time for spiritual opportunity, she said. (CNS photo/Rhina Guidos) See CLOISTER-LIFE-LESSONS March 17, 2020.

In the time of COVID-19, the cloistered life offers lessons for the world

Capuchin Franciscan Sister Maria Elena Romero, in this undated photo at the Veronica Giuliani Monastery in Wilmington, Del., entered the life of a cloistered nun in 1983 when she joined…

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Charities staff see pandemic posing stark threat to homeless population
Richard S. Vargas, the Salvation Army's director of Community Social Services, checks on a homeless woman during a cold wellness checkup in Chicago Jan. 31, 2019. Catholic Charities staff are warning that the coronavirus pandemic presents a stark threat to the U.S. homeless population. (CNS photo/Kamil Krzaczynski, Reuters) See HOMELESS-PANDEMIC-THREAT March 18, 2020.

Charities staff see pandemic posing stark threat to homeless population

Richard S. Vargas, the Salvation Army's director of Community Social Services, checks on a homeless woman during a cold wellness checkup in Chicago Jan. 31, 2019. Catholic Charities staff are…

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Public Mass ban in Italy leads to new focus on ‘spiritual Communion’
Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore welcomes pro-lifers in Annapolis, Md., March 4, 2019, during his opening prayer for the Maryland March for Life. (CNS photo/Kevin J. Parks, Catholic Review) See MARYLAND-MARCH-LIFE March 11, 2019.

Public Mass ban in Italy leads to new focus on ‘spiritual Communion’

Cindy Wooden CNS ROME. Public Masses are banned throughout Italy, but literally thousands of Masses are celebrated each day and, in addition to watching them on television or computer screens,…

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Pope makes mini-pilgrimage outside Vatican to pray for end of pandemic
Pope Francis walks down Via del Corso to pray at the Church of St. Marcellus in Rome March 15, 2020. The pope prayed as coronavirus deaths in Italy peaked at 368 in a 24-hour period, bringing the total number of deaths to 1,809 out of 24,747 cases. (CNS photo/Vatican Media) See POPE-COVID-19-PRAYER March 15, 2020.

Pope makes mini-pilgrimage outside Vatican to pray for end of pandemic

Cindy Wooden CNS Pope Francis walks down Via del Corso to pray at the Church of St. Marcellus in Rome on March 15, as coronavirus deaths in Italy peaked at…

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