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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.

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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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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Restorer Luke Jonathan Koeppe cleans part of the shrine with the relics of St. Corona at the cathedral in Aachen, Germany, March 25, 2020, amid the coronavirus pandemic. (CNS photo/Thilo Schmuelgen, Reuters) See COVID-SAINT-CORONA March 26, 2020.

Pandemic casts spotlight on a nearly forgotten martyr: St. Corona

She had become nearly forgotten. Little is known about the young woman who was killed for her Christian faith, presumably in the second century A.D. But now, a pandemic is shedding light on her: St. Corona.

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A woman and child wearing protective masks walk through Central do Brasil train station in Rio de Janeiro during the coronavirus pandemic March 24, 2020. (CNS photo/Ricardo Moraes, Reuters) See COVID-LATIN-AMERICA-RISK March 25, 2020.

Latin American governments weigh pandemic shutdown vs. economic hardship

On day nine of the state of emergency that Peru imposed to stop the spread of the coronavirus, Antonio Palomino Quispe got home just after the nightly curfew began.

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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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A medical worker in a protective suit treats a coronavirus patient in an intensive care unit at the Casalpalocco hospital in Rome March 24, 2020. (CNS photo/Guglielmo Mangiapane, Reuters) See COVID-19-HEALTH-RESPONSE March 25, 2020.

Italian doctors: Staff overwhelmed during pandemic; model must change

Doctors working in the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic in Italy have launched an appeal in a major medical journal warning the outbreak in their province is out of control.

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Archbishop Bernard A. Hebda of St. Paul and Minneapolis delivers his homily in an empty Cathedral of St. Paul March 21, 2020. The archdiocese taped the Mass for broadcast to the public. (CNS photo/Dave Hrbacek, The Catholic Spirit)

Priests: Celebrating Mass online with no congregants ‘odd,’ ‘weird’

Here is the church, and here is the steeple; Father says Mass, but where are the people?

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