Global Church News

  • COVID-19 hits Eid al-Fitr, the festival marking the end of Ramadan

    May 23, 2020

    One of the most important dates in Islam will be marked by lockdown, restrictions and social distancing. Most countries have banned lavish communal meals and feasts. In Dubai, the police will carry thermal detectors. People not wearing masks risk hefty fines. Public transit has been banned in Egypt.

  • Covid-19, vicar of Arabia: Critical situation in Yemen, escalation of infections and deaths

    May 23, 2020

    Archbishop Hinder confirms that the medical emergency linked to the new coronavirus is getting worse. In San’a, Aden and other cities it has reached critical levels. MSF launches an appeal to the UN and donor countries. We need protection and support tools for health workers. High mortality rate, victims between 40 and 60 years old. 68 patients out of a total of 173 hospitalized.

  • Novena for Pentecost: Day two, Saturday

    May 23, 2020

    Join Dan Schutte in a virtual novena for Pentecost. Our joy as disciples of Jesus is grounded not on the circumstances of our lives, but rather on the reality that we are the beloved of God. Jesus of Nazareth promised that he would never leave his followers alone.

  • Laudato Si' anniversary an opportunity to speak up, stand up, act up

    May 22, 2020

    After Pope Francis released his Laudato Si' encyclical on the environment five years ago, I joined thousands of Americans on the White House lawn to witness our Holy Father say, "The environmental challenge we are undergoing — and its human roots — concern and affect us all … As Christians inspired by this certainty, we wish to commit ourselves to the conscious and responsible care of our common home."

  • Novena for Pentecost: Day One, Friday

    May 22, 2020

    Novena for Pentecost: Join Dan Schutte in a virtual novena for Pentecost. Christian charity is not just a loving attitude, a feeling that comes and goes with the moment. But rather, it is a choice, an act of the will, whereby we decide to show others care and reverence.

  • Poor people helping the poor during the pandemic

    May 22, 2020

    Ms Yatmi gave part of her pension for the sick. Elizabeth, a nurse, donated her salary for unemployed daily labourers. Ismanto donated his paintings. Yasmin Saman, 6, donated the money she saved in two years. Diego, a 12-year- old disabled, donated his savings.

  • Mexican priest who survived COVID: God acts in the midst of suffering

    May 22, 2020

    When Fr. Antonio Pérez Hernández was recently hospitalized with COVID-19, he said he was able to witness firsthand how God is present in the midst of suffering.

  • Online First Communion held in Ireland

    May 22, 2020

    In a first in the Catholic Church, a group of students in Ireland had an online First Communion ceremony at their own homes amid the Covid-19 pandemic

  • India's cyclone death toll rises to 80

    May 22, 2020

    Catholic volunteers are providing food and shelter to hundreds of people in coastal eastern India, where Cyclone Amphan hit on May 20, killing 80 people and destroying thousands of homes.

  • Philippine Church turns back on ecology killers

    May 22, 2020

    Philippine bishops and religious congregations issued a declaration on May 21 halting the use of church assets to finance industries such as coal that