COVID-19 daily round up of Catholic news. 15th March 2020

UK

Archbishop Eamon Martin has announced on twitter that Ireland will be consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary for protection from coronavirus

World

Bishop Phonsie Cullinan of Waterford & Lismore decrees that on the feast of St. Patrick, patron of Ireland, the cathedral and parish church bells will be rung at 11.00am as a call to faith and prayer in response to the coronavirus. Archbishop Eamon Martin has given his support

https://www.catholicbishops.ie/2020/03/14/church-bells-to-ring-on-saint-patricks-day-as-a-call-to-prayer-and-social-solidarity-bishop-cullinan/

The Prefecture of the Papal Household has announced that ‘all the Liturgical Celebrations of Holy Week will take place without the physical presence of the faithful’.

http://www.vatican.va/various/prefettura/index_en.html

The Spanish Episcopal Conference has cancelled processions, leading to the bishops of Valladolid, Alicante, Mérida-Badajoz, Mallorca and Ceuta cancelling their famous Holy Week processions

Italian Catholic charities are keeping their doors open to help the homeless and refugees through the COVID-19 crisis

https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/coronavirus-quarantine-how-catholics-in-italy-are-helping-the-poor-59229

Father Thomas Dailey, O.S.F.S., lecturer at the St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Archdiocese of Philadelphia, looks at the pros and cons of digital worship during the COVID-19 pandemic