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Tanzanian Catholic churches remain open despite worldwide closures

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Pope sets up new commission to study women deacons

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Pandemic is prime time for conversion, pope says

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On the cross, God’s loving nature is revealed, pope says

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Australian bishops begin cancelling Masses to contain Covid-19

Catholic dioceses in Australia began cancelling Masses as the government limited indoor gatherings to fewer than 100 people in mid-March in an effort to contain Covid-19.

The Australian bishops’ conference said it would not put blanket bans on Mass, including for Holy Week, calling the issue a “diocesan matter.”

In a short statement on its website, the Australian government said new measures announced by Prime Minister Scott Morrison for nonessential gatherings included religious services, even Mass.

Dioceses have increasingly placed bans and restrictions on Masses since 16th March, with a surge in announcements on 18th and 19th March.

Bishops in the state of Victoria said that suspending Masses was difficult, “and every encouragement is offered as clergy and parish staff seek to explain sensitively to our people the reasons why Mass will not be offered as a public celebration,” a note on the Archdiocese of Melbourne website said.

The Archdiocese of Brisbane suspended Masses and released Catholics from their Sunday obligation. It said it would livestream Masses from the cathedral.

Picture: A nurse speaks with patients at the door of a new Covid-19 clinic opening at Mount Barker Hospital in Adelaide, Australia, on 17th March 2020. (CNS photo/Kelly Barnes, AAP Image via Reuters).

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OTHER NEWS

Tanzanian Catholic churches remain open despite worldwide closures

Catholic Churches in Tanzania are remaining open alongside other churches, even as the rest of world shuts places of worship to stem the spread of Covid-19. Church sources said thousands of people have been turning up for public Masses after an earlier presidential...

Pope sets up new commission to study women deacons

Pope Francis has established a new ‘Study Commission on the Female Diaconate’ as a follow-up to a previous group that studied the history of women deacons in the New Testament and the early Christian communities. Cardinal Giuseppe Petrocchi of Aquila will serve as...

Pandemic is prime time for conversion, pope says

The Covid-19 quarantines, lockdowns and stay-at-home orders are the perfect opportunity for conversion: for individuals, for the Church and for governments, Pope Francis said in an interview. "What we are living now is a place of 'metanoia' (conversion), and we have...

On the cross, God’s loving nature is revealed, pope says

Jesus chose to reveal his divine majesty not through miracles or wondrous deeds but on the cross where God's love for humanity was manifested, Pope Francis said. Throughout his ministry, Christ walked away when people wish to proclaim him king and silenced demons he...