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

UK

Archbishop John Wilson of Southwark has issued a pastoral letter on the occasion of the suspension of public Masses

http://www.rcsouthwark.co.uk/media/Pastoral%20Letter%20-%2018%20March%202020.pdf

UK crematoriums introduce strict social distancing measures at funerals to prevent the transmission of COVID-19

https://bit.ly/38ZxYMx

World

Nuns from Rome’s Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus have taken to their rooftop to sing prayers to the Italian capital amid the pandemic

https://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2020/mar/19/nuns-in-rome-sing-hymns-from-rooftop-amid-coronavirus-crisis-video

Avvenire, the newspaper of the Italian Bishops Conference, publishes the details of 28 priests have died in Italy because of #covid19. 16 in Lombardy (10 in Bergamo), 9 in Emilia-Romagna, 2 in Piedmont, and 1 in Trentino

https://www.avvenire.it/attualita/pagine/coronavirus-i-preti-morti-emilia-lombardia

The Medjugorje visionary Mirjana has announced that Our Lady has told her that the apparitions of the 2nd of each month have ended

https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/medjugorje-visionary-says-monthly-apparitions-have-come-to-an-end-63003

176 of the 177 Latin-rite dioceses in the USA have suspended public Masses. Only the the Diocese of St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands is offering public Mass

https://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=45639&utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Italian army deployed In North Italy to transport the remains of the dead as the death toll from COVID-19 continues to rise

https://bit.ly/33vOqmB

Hundreds of the faithful in the East Nusa Tenggara province of Indonesia ignored appeals from civil leaders not to attend the ordination of their new bishop to stop the spread of COVID-19

https://bit.ly/2xKsvMC

Finally, St. Benedict’s Parish in Fort Worth, Texas, has posted a notice on the door informing parishioners that Holy Communion will be distributed to people in their cars