Situation in Venezuela is explosive, bishops warn (Fides) Warning of “an imminent danger of social violent explosions” because of a shortage of food and medicine, the bishops said that “the national executive [Nicolás Maduro] should not manage the situation only from a military and police perspective.”
At weekday Mass, Pope preaches on God's election, promise, and covenant (Zenit) At a Mass celebrated in the chapel of Domus Sanctae Marthae on April 2 (video), Pope Francis preached on readings of the day. The Pope invited those watching the Mass to pray St. Alphonsus Liguori’s act of spiritual communion. The Mass concluded with adoration and Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament and the chanting of the Ave Regina Caelorum.
USCCB leader join in statement on health-care rationing during pandemic (USCCB) Three committee chairmen of the US bishops’ conference has issued a “reminder that in a time of crisis we must not discriminate against persons solely on the basis of disability or age by denying them medical care.” The statement echoes a directive issued last week by the Office of Civil Rights in the Department of Justice. The USCCB statement is signed by Archbishops Joseph Naumann and Paul Coakley and Bishop Kevin Rhoades, who chair, respectively the bishops’ committees on pro-life activities, domestic justice, and doctrine.
Vatican Secretary of State calls for international solidarity, return to God (Vatican News) “We realize that we are not creators, but poor creatures, who exist because Someone gives them life at every moment,” said Cardinal Pietro Parolin. “We are not absolute masters either. All it takes is a mere nothing, a mysterious and invisible enemy, to make us suffer, to make us seriously ill, to make us die. We realize that we are small, insecure, helpless … I believe this is an opportune moment to return to God with all our hearts.”
7th Holy See employee tests positive, Vatican announces (Vatican Press Office) The employee’s wife, who works in an Italian hospital, had earlier contracted CO19. “The various bodies and departments of the Holy See and the Vatican City State continue only in essential, mandatory and unavoidable activities, clearly adopting, to the maximum extent possible, the appropriate measures already communicated, which include remote work,” said Matteo Bruni, director of the Holy See Press Office.
Northern Ireland's bishops decry abortion regulations (Irish Catholic Bishops' Conference) “We are saddened and dismayed at the Government’s decision to introduce extreme regulations for the delivery of abortion services in Northern Ireland,” the bishops said on March 31. “Their implementation will facilitate one of the most liberal abortion regimes anywhere in the world. During the pandemic when so much is being done to protect lives, these regulations do not reflect the overwhelming will of most people in Northern Ireland to protect the life of every human being.”
Congolese cardinal criticizes nation's president for postponing total lockdown (Fides) “In our opinion, only a total blockade is able to slow down the spread of this terrible epidemic,” said Cardinal Fridolin Ambongo Besungu, OFM Cap, of Kinshasa. “In order for this total blockade to be truly effective, it must be accompanied by emergency humanitarian measures, that is, make basic food available to the least privileged, provide free water and electricity, and fight speculation on prices.”
Catholic University researcher offers royalty-free platform for CO19 vaccine (CNA) The research work of Venigalla Rao, a biology professor at the Catholic University of America, is being offered royalty-free to other researchers working to develop a vaccine for CO19. Dr. Rao has developed a platform for the delivery of vaccines, which he says could be adapted easily to support a new vaccine against the virus.
High court decision in Pell case due next week (Lawyers Weekly) Australia’s High Court will release a decision on the appeal by Cardinal George Pell next Tuesday, April 7. The cardinal has appealed his conviction of sexual abuse, with his lawyers arguing that the original jury decision was unreasonable and an appeals court wrongly placed the burden of proof on the defendant rather than the prosecution. The High Court could affirm the jury verdict, or order a new trial, or order the cardinal’s acquittal.
'Remain in the Lord,' Pope preaches at weekday Mass (Zenit) During Mass celebrated in the chapel of Domus Sanctae Marthae on April 1 (video), Pope Francis preached on John 8:31: “If you remain in my word, you will truly be my disciple.” The Pontiff also prayed for those “who work in the media, who work to communicate. They are working so that people are not so isolated; for the education of children, to help us to bear this time of isolation.”