In response to the COVID-19 crisis, religious leaders and organizations from across Canada prepared a message entitled “Hope, Gratitude and Solidarity: A Message to Canadians from Religious Leaders in Canada in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic”.
Plans for WYD Montreal 2020 are not foregone. This year, with the help of technology, you can follow the April 4 celebration online LIVE!
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.
Archbishop Christian Lépine of Montreal and Auxiliary Bishop Marc Pelchat of Québec wish to send a message of hope to as many people as possible during the fight against this pandemic and have asked Catholic churches in their dioceses to ring their bells for 10 minutes, starting at 12 noon, beginning Sunday, March 29 through every Sunday until Easter.
Here is Archbishop Lépine's fourth pastoral letter.
“As the leaders and representatives of religious communities in Quebec, we affirm that faith is a fundamental aspect of our lives. ”
Here is an article explaining ways to remain in spiritual communion with others and Christ when we are restricted from receiving sacramental Communion.
For now, Mass is on hold. If the news has created a shock wave across Quebec in recent days, the reasons cited amply justify the means. Indeed, everyone, and all the more the Church, wants to serve as a guardian for the weakest and most vulnerable in the face of COVID-19, and to participate, as citizens and Christians, in a collective effort.
During Mass on Monday morning at the Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis prayed for families facing financial difficulties due to the coronavirus pandemic, and says prayer requires faith, perseverance and courage.
We invite you to take notice of the new pastoral letter from our archbishop, Mgr Christian Lépine and an updated Memorandum containing "Diocesan Directives" to date.
Why not turn this unsettled situation into an opportunity to strengthen our families’ relationship with Jesus?
In an interview with the Italian daily newspaper, “La Repubblica”, Pope Francis says he is praying for an end to the coronavirus pandemic, and asks everyone to be close to those who have lost loved ones.