As Catholics entered Holy Week, Archbishop José H. Gomez reflected on how again the celebration is happening in the midst of a pandemic.
Statistics for Italy in 2020 showed continued low birth rates, fewer marriages and record highs for deaths, trends all affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The pope said the problems facing today’s world should awaken “in every priest an authentic compassion, both for the sheep entrusted to him and for those who have gone astray.”
“Let us be amazed by Jesus so that we can start living again, for the grandeur of life lies not in possessions and promotions, but in realizing that we are loved and in experiencing the beauty of loving others,” he said at Palm Sunday Mass March 28.
The pope said Mary, the mother of God, has been present during the COVID-19 pandemic and was by the side of all who died alone. (
During this year of COVID-19 lockdowns and lack of international pilgrimages, the Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land has had to adjust its funding priorities and trim its budgeting.
Brazil faces its worst peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the six signatories call for the mass vaccination of the population.
With the COVID-19 pandemic and the move to online learning, the downside for special-education students is further isolation and lack of social interaction.