Homeless people get settled in a temporary parking lot shelter at the Cashman Center in Las Vegas March 30, 2020, with spaces marked for social distancing to help slow the spread of COVID-19. At the start of the April 2 Mass in the chapel at his Vatican residence, the Domus Sanctae Marthae, Pope Francis said he was struck by a similar photo in a local newspaper. (CNS photo/Steve Marcus, Reuters)

Amid COVID-19 pandemic, pope prays for homeless, cites newspaper photo

During his livestreamed daily morning Mass, Pope Francis prayed that the coronavirus pandemic may awaken people's consciences to the plight of homeless men and women suffering in the world.

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Pope Francis celebrates Mass in the chapel of his Vatican residence, the Domus Sanctae Marthae, April 1, 2020. The pope thanked journalists and members of the media "who work to communicate so that people don't find themselves so isolated." (CNS photo/Vatican Media)

Pope prays for media helping people endure isolation

With self-isolation becoming more widespread due to the coronavirus pandemic, Pope Francis thanked journalists and members of the media who inform people and help them cope with loneliness.

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A chalice is seen at a Catholic church in Bangkok Nov. 12, 2019, ahead of Pope Francis' visit. The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments has approved a special "Mass in the Time of Pandemic" during the COVID-19 crisis. (CNS photo/Soe Zeya Tun, Reuters)

Vatican approves special ‘Mass in the Time of Pandemic’

The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments has approved a special "Mass in the Time of Pandemic" to plead for God's mercy and gift of strength in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Father Jorge Ortiz-Garay, coordinator of ministry to Mexican immigrants in the Diocese of Brooklyn, N.Y., is seen in this undated photo. He died March 27, 2020, from complications related to the coronavirus. (CNS photo/courtesy The Tablet)

Priest who died from virus called ‘great missionary among us’

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn March 28 announced the death of Father Jorge Ortiz-Garay, 49, who died the evening before from COVID-19.

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Pope Francis celebrates Mass in the chapel of his Vatican residence, the Domus Sanctae Marthae, March 31, 2020. The pope offered the Mass for those who are homeless, asking that they be helped, especially as communities have stay-at-home or shelter-in-place orders. (CNS photo/Vatican Media)

As people are ordered to stay home, pope calls for help for homeless

As national and local governments have been issuing stay-at-home or shelter-in-place orders to curb the spread of the coronavirus, Pope Francis asked people to pray for and assist those who are homeless.

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Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, and Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, are seen March 11, 2020, after testifying to the House Government Oversight and Reform Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. (CNS photo/Joshua Roberts, Reuters)

Dr. Fauci is dedicated to public service, formed at Jesuit high school

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has emerged for many as the voice of reason and integrity as the nation confronts the novel coronavirus pandemic.

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Empty shelves that usually contain meat products are seen in a New York City store March 16, 2020, following the outbreak of coronavirus. Bishop David A. Zubik of Pittsburgh is among U.S. bishops dispensing Catholics from the obligation to abstain from meat on Lenten Fridays with the exception of Good Friday. "As you are aware, many of the shelves and cases in our supermarkets are sparse if not empty. This is a time when pastoral necessity has informed my decision effective today," the bishop said. (CNS photo/Jeenah Moon, Reuters)

Amid coronavirus sacrifices, some bishops allow Friday meat in Lent

In the U.S., this Lent started out with some people discussing if it was acceptable to eat plant-based burgers on Fridays in Lent.

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Pope Francis leads a prayer service in an empty St. Peter's Square at the Vatican March 27, 2020. At the conclusion of the service the pope held the Eucharist as he gave an extraordinary blessing "urbi et orbi" (to the city and the world). The service was livestreamed in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. (CNS photo/Yara Nardi, pool via Reuters)

COVID-19 is not God’s judgment, but a call to live differently, pope says

The worldwide coronavirus pandemic is not God's judgment on humanity, but God's call on people to judge what is most important to them and resolve to act accordingly from now on, Pope Francis said.

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Cemetery and funeral workers in protective masks transport a coffin into a cemetery in Bergamo, Italy, March 16, 2020. (CNS photo/Flavio Lo Scalzo, Reuters) See ITALY-FUNERALS-COVID-19 March 27, 2020.

During pandemic, priests work to bridge distance between deceased, family

When Father Mario Carminati went to bless the remains of one of his parishioners, he called the deceased man's daughter on WhatsApp so they could pray together.

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Seattle's Refugee Artisan Initiative founder Ming-Ming Tung-Edelman works to cut elastic material for masks with a volunteer March 24, 2020, who will deliver them to individual homes for further production to provide health care workers testing for the coronavirus (COOVID-19) with protective gear. The Refugee Artisan Initiative continues to employ refugee and migrant women as U.S. Catholic immigration advocates call for immigrant protections amid the pandemic. (CNS photo/Lindsey Wasson, Reuters) See CORONAVIRUS-IMMIGRATION-ADVOCATES March 26, 2020.

Coronavirus may produce misery beyond disease to migrants, home countries

Lack of jobs and economic disparity in Central America were already driving large numbers of migrants north before the coronavirus became a household word.

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