COVID-19 daily round up of Catholic news. 9th June 2020

UK

Albert Gubay Foundation gives £1 million donation to help Catholic charities cope with poverty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic

https://bit.ly/2Uu9TJv

Archbishop Stack defends priest who felt “pressured” into holding a wedding during the coronavirus lockdown that is now being investigated by Cardiff Council

https://bbc.in/3f7RUAl

Catholic Church in Northern Ireland considers only having weekday Masses initially and all churches likely will not host large scale gatherings in the short term

https://bit.ly/2XNXCRW

Rev Nicky Gumbel, Holy Trinity Brompton, says the Holy Spirit can work through Zoom, doubling his congregation to nearly 10,000 over the COVID-19 lockdown

https://bit.ly/3dLueSc

Commonwealth

Nigerian Catholic parishes and communities are providing relief materials and supplies to the poor and vulnerable people in rural areas hit by COVID-19

https://bit.ly/2APHIhc

Europe

Several German Catholic parishes are publishing texts for worship services at home that include having the laity say words of “consecration” over bread

https://bit.ly/2UHXRfN

The World Economic Forum argues that better inclusion of transgender and homosexual people “is the secret to cities’ post-pandemic success.”

https://bit.ly/3cU6hHb

World

Chinese Communist sponsored Catholic authorities issue regulations on church reopening including requirement to preach on “patriotism” in order to reopen

https://bit.ly/2UqQzNe

Finally, Irish priest hears confession through the gates of his church