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

UK

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

https://www.thecatholicuniverse.com/cardinals-advice-to-faithful-and-the-nation-on-coronavirus-49948

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

https://www.rte.ie/news/2020/0314/1123206-ni-bishop-coronavirus/

World

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.

https://www.ucanews.com/news/manila-archdiocese-says-all-masses-are-off/87450

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

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-italy-churches/rome-churches-remain-open-after-catholics-rail-against-christ-in-quarantine-idUSKBN2101JC?il=0

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

https://www.christianitytoday.com/news/2020/march/bethlehem-coronavirus-easter-tourism-israel-covid-19.html

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

https://www.churchmilitant.com/news/article/the-clear-and-present-danger-of-covid-19

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