The Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria suspends all its services during the Holy Week

The Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria extends the suspension of all its services throughout Holy Week due to coronavirus pandemic.

Easter Sunday is celebrated by the Copts on April 19th, as is the Orthodox Easter.At the same time the Coptic Orthodox Church emphasizes that the Sacrament of Marriage does not take place at all, while only close family members can attend at funerals.

COVID-19: Pope donates 100 thousand Euros to Italian Caritas

Pope Francis contributes 100,000 Euros to Italian Caritas in a gesture of encouragement to those suffering from the COVID-19 Coronavirus in Italy.

Italy continues to be the country with the highest number of confirmed cases of Coronavirus in Europe. On Wednesday, the Italian government further tightened restrictions by ordering the closure of all shops, except pharmacies and food stores.

St. Luke’s Orthodox Cathedral in Hong Kong closes

The government has ordered the closure of St. Luke’s Orthodox Cathedral in Hong Kong in fear of an outbreak of coronavirus. The Orthodox Metropolitanate of Hong Kong and South East Asia has annonunced that the Cathedral of Saint Luke in Hong Kong will remain closed until March 31, 2020.  But the Roman Catholics have also suspended all Lenten services as well as Sunday Masses.

Pope Francis: Pray for our Chinese brothers and sisters who are affected by Covid-19

Pope Francis said today that he is praying for the Chinese who have been affected by the new coronavirus, hoping that they will recover soon.

“A prayer for our Chinese brothers and sisters who are affected by this ‘cruel’ epidemic. May they find a path to recovery as soon as possible,” the Pontiff said during the weekly General Audience held every Wednesday.

Next Synod of Bishops in 2022; theme to be decided by Pope

At a meeting of the Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops, Pope Francis decided that the 16th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops will be held in two years’ time, in autumn. He will decide on one of three themes presented to him.

The next ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops has been scheduled for "for autumn 2022", to ensure a "greater involvement" of the whole Church "in the preparation and celebration" of the synod, said a note from the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops.