COVID-19 daily round up of Catholic news. 14th March 2020


Cardinal Nichols said on Radio 4 Today show that ‘We are preparing for a time when the churches should not be used to gather big numbers of people together, so we might come to an end of the celebration of Mass or other services.” He also talked about churches live-streaming the Mass

Archbishop Eamon Martin has written to Stromont’s Education Minister urging the closure of Northern Ireland’s schools


It has been decreed that for seven days, church bells in Manila Archdiocese will toll at noon and at 8pm to call on all people to pray the Oratio Imperata prayer to fight Covid-19. Families are also expected to gather at 8pm each day to pray the rosary and read the Scriptures.

Following the ‘Christ in quarantine’ online campaign Cardinal Angelo De Donatis reversed the decision to close all churches in Rome. Instead, Rome’s parish churches and major churches will remain open, meaning that of Rome’s 750 churches, only 300 will now close

Cancelations of Easter pilgrimages to the Holy Land due to COVID-19 will impact the livelihoods Bethlehem’s Christians badly

Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles closes down all Catholic schools and moves to distance-learning

Church Militant makes available a step-by-step guide about how to make an act of perfect contrition and a spiritual communion as a pdf in six languages — English, Italian, French, Spanish, Dutch, German

Finally, Canon Lawyer Ed Peters, member of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, Rome, made this appeal on twitter