Millions of Catholics died on the battlefield, on execution blocks, in forced labor or in concentration camps. Some have since been beatified, a step on the path to sainthood.
Those who help sustain and grow the faith are some of the heroes to the St. Cloud Diocese during the coronavirus.
Pope Francis offered special prayers for the staff and volunteers of the Red Cross and Red Crescent societies.
Fifth Sunday of Easter
First reading: Acts 6:1-7
Second reading: 1 Pt 2:4-9
Gospel: Jn 14:1-12
A recent bishops’ commission has concluded that alleged apparitions of Our Lady of America — said to have taken place more than six decades ago — were not of supernatural origin.
Celebrating Mass on Good Shepherd Sunday, May 3, the pope said the feast reminded him of the more than 100 priests and 154 doctors who have died in Italy “in an act of service” to victims of COVID-19.
Pope Francis dedicated his morning Mass May 1 to workers on the feast of St. Joseph the Worker May 1.
Fourth Sunday of Easter
First reading: Acts 2:14, 36-41
Second reading: 1 Pt 2:20-25
Gospel: Jn 10:1-10