COVID-19 daily round up of Catholic news. 18th March 2020

UK

Cardinal Nichols delivered a message to the faithful of England and Wales to explain the Bishops’ Conference’s decision to suspend public Masses

BBC set out broadcasting plans in response to the COVID-19 crisis, including a virtual church service on Sunday mornings across local radio in England, led initially by the Archbishop of Canterbury and a weekly Sunday morning church service on BBC One.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/latestnews/2020/bbc-keeping-nation-informed-educated-entertained

World

Italian priest placed statue of the Madonna on the flat bed of a minivan to tour the Venetian town of Bibione and blessed people with a loudspeaker. Another set up a whatApp group for parishioners

https://www.politico.eu/article/coronavirus-church-online-live-stream-congregation/

Cardinal Sarah and Cardinal Burke separately deliver messages of encouragement to the faithful

https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/christ-never-abandons-us-cardinal-burke-offers-hope-amidst-coronavirus

7 Cases of COVID-19 traced to 2 Catholic Churches In Queens, New York. Both churches are now closed in order to be deep-cleaned.

Father Mirosław Matuszny processed alone through the quarantined streets of the Polish city of Lublin, praying for an end to the plague and the preservation of the Faith. He processed with relics of St. Anthony of Padua — the city’s patron saint.

https://www.churchmilitant.com/news/article/polish-priest-processes-alone-due-to-coronavirus-quarantine