COVID-19 daily round up of Catholic news. 17th March 2020

UK

Bishop John Keenan of Paisley has launched a video inviting catholics and all people of good will to prayer, penance and spiritual arms, asking God’s protection against the coronavirus.

World

Bishop Alphonsus Cullinan of Waterford brought the Blessed Sacrament to the streets of Waterford in Ireland to ask for God’s help in fighting coronavirus

Fr. Scott Holmer of St. Edward the Confessor, Bowie, Maryland, is offering drive-thru confessions to his parishioners in the church carpark maintaining a six-foot distance while penitents stay in their cars.

Italian police interrupted Mass held in the parish of San Francesco d’Assisi, Marina di Cerveteri, for breaking the ban on public Masses. The celebrant left open the doors of his church and a handful of faithful knelt outside

https://lanuovabq.it/it/adesso-e-troppo-la-polizia-interrompe-la-messa

The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes has closed for the first time in over a century. Mgr. Olivier Ribadeau Dumas, rector of the Lourdes sanctuary invited the faithful to join praying the novena to the Immaculate

https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/french-catholics-begin-novena-as-lourdes-closes-for-first-time-in-history-18355

CNN provides an overview of how COVID-19 is impacting the world’s major religions

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/03/06/world/religion-modify-traditions-coronavirus-trnd/index.html

Finally, a US priest told his parishioners that he was praying for them and asked if they would send their photos and selfies so he could remember them at Mass. He taped their pictures to the pews