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Covid-19: 2 new cases in the Vatican, another 170 people tested

The results have confirmed the absence of positive cases among those residing at Casa Santa Marta. All necessary precautions have been taken. The Pope and his closest collaborators are not involved.

Earth Hour marked digitally due to coronavirus

This year’s global observance of Earth Hour takes a digital form in compliance with global healthcare guidelines due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Coronavirus: Ranchi Archdiocese urges Indian Church not to abandon stranded migrants

Eastern India’s Ranchi Archdiocese has appealed to the Church in the rest of the country to help migrants from Jharkhand state stranded in other states because of the 21-day nationwide lockdown due to the Covid-19 or coronavirus pandemic.

England to be re-dedicated as the "Dowry of Mary" amidst coronavirus pandemic

First dedicated to Our Lady by King Richard II in 1381, England will once again be dedicated as the “Dowry of Mary” on Sunday.

Pope appoints new counsellor to Vatican Apostolic Penitentiary

Pope Francis has appointed Fr Giuseppe Tonello as counsellor to the Apostolic Penitentiary, the Vatican Dicastery that issued the recent decree granting plenary indulgences to the faithful affected by Covid-19.

In one minute: Pope's Urbi et Orbi for an end to the coronavirus pandemic

A short video-summary of the Pope's Special Urbi et orbi blessing on March 27, for a world suffering from the coronavirus pandemic.

Saturday of the Fourth Week of Lent

Reading 1 Jer 11:18-20

I knew their plot because the LORD informed me;
at that time you, O LORD, showed me their doings.

Yet I, like a trusting lamb led to slaughter,
had not realized that they were hatching plots against me:
“Let us destroy the tree in its vigor;
let us cut him off from the land of the living,
so that his name will be spoken no more.”

But, you, O LORD of hosts, O just Judge,
searcher of mind and heart,
Let me witness the vengeance you take on them,
for to you I have entrusted my cause!

Responsorial Psalm 7:2-3, 9bc-10, 11-12

R.    (2a) O Lord, my God, in you I take refuge.
O LORD, my God, in you I take refuge;
save me from all my pursuers and rescue me,
Lest I become like the lion’s prey,
to be torn to pieces, with no one to rescue me.
R.    O Lord, my God, in you I take refuge.
Do me justice, O LORD, because I am just,
and because of the innocence that is mine.
Let the malice of the wicked come to an end,
but sustain the just,
O searcher of heart and soul, O just God.
R.    O Lord, my God, in you I take refuge.
A shield before me is God,
who saves the upright of heart;
A just judge is God,
a God who punishes day by day.
R.    O Lord, my God, in you I take refuge.

Verse Before the GospelLk 8:15

Blessed are they who have kept the word with a generous heart
and yield a harvest through perseverance.

Gospel Jn 7:40-53

Some in the crowd who heard these words of Jesus said,
“This is truly the Prophet.”
Others said, “This is the Christ.”
But others said, “The Christ will not come from Galilee, will he?
Does not Scripture say that the Christ will be of David’s family
and come from Bethlehem, the village where David lived?”
So a division occurred in the crowd because of him.
Some of them even wanted to arrest him,
but no one laid hands on him.

So the guards went to the chief priests and Pharisees,
who asked them, “Why did you not bring him?”
The guards answered, “Never before has anyone spoken like this man.”
So the Pharisees answered them, “Have you also been deceived?
Have any of the authorities or the Pharisees believed in him?
But this crowd, which does not know the law, is accursed.”
Nicodemus, one of their members who had come to him earlier, said to them,
“Does our law condemn a man before it first hears him
and finds out what he is doing?”
They answered and said to him,
“You are not from Galilee also, are you?
Look and see that no prophet arises from Galilee.”

Then each went to his own house.

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Pope at Mass prays for those experiencing hunger

Pope Francis’s intention for morning Mass celebrated at the Casa Santa Marta on Saturday morning is for all those experiencing hunger as a result of the measures to contain the coronavirus. (playback included)

Pope at Urbi et orbi: Full text of his meditation

Pope Francis meditated on the calming of the storm from the Gospel of Mark during the prayer service over which he presided on the steps of St Peter's Basilica on Friday evening. Here is the full text.

Pope’s special Urbi et Orbi blessing: ‘God turns everything to our good’

Pope Francis delivers an extraordinary blessing “To the City and to the World” on Friday to pray for an end to the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic. In his meditation, the Pope reflects on Jesus’ words to His disciples: “Why are you afraid? Have you no faith?” Full text included.