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Rome’s vicar general tests positive for coronavirus

Cardinal Angelo De Donatis said he lives the moment ‘as an opportunity that providence has given me to share in the sufferings of so many brothers and sisters’

Unsuspecting rural communities in India’s north not ready to fight pandemic

But church agency is doing its bit to fill the gap by informing local communities about preventative measures

Philippine church groups offer online medical, spiritual consultation

People need someone to talk to — online or over-the-phone conversations can help boost spirits

Prayer in a bottle: Distillery’s ‘Spray for Manila’ aims to purify

Brewer turns liquor ban into opportunity to extend a helping hand

Pandemic pushes Philippine church leaders to call for release of prisoners

Authorities have admitted that overcrowded prison facilities are problematic as the new coronavirus rages on

Pope backs UN call for global ceasefire as world battles coronavirus

Pope Francis hopes ‘joint fight’ against new coronavirus will inspire warring parties to lay down arms

Ruminations from a life in quarantine

This pandemic is teaching all of us a bitter lesson

Pope Francis gives extraordinary ‘Urbi et Orbi’ blessing – Full text

The pope held a dramatic, solitary blessing in St. Peter's Square urging the world to see the crisis as a test of solidarity

Philippine bishops call for day of prayer for front-line workers

Church leaders urge dioceses and parishes to assist health workers by providing facilities for them to go home to, some place for rest and sleep, and meals

Pope Francis prays for strength to face fears

Pope’s prayer comes as Italians reel from more coronavirus deaths, infections

Vatican readies contingency plan against coronavirus in busy papal residence

‘Santa Marta may be a bomb waiting to explode,’ Vatican official says

Philippine churches back calls for mass testing of COVID-19

Church leaders call for priority testing of vulnerable sectors, especially those living in poor communities