Watch a special CFN video with Bishop John Barres and Msgr. Jim Vlaun.
Pope Francis will celebrate all of the Holy Week and Easter liturgies: Palm Sunday, the chrism Mass, the Mass of the Lord's Supper, the liturgy of the Passion of the Lord, the Easter vigil Mass and Easter morning Mass.
Catholics are hereby dispensed from their obligation to attend Sunday Mass for the weekends of March 14-15, March 21-22 and March 28-29. Churches will remain open and Mass schedules will remain mostly unchanged.
"Now is the time to intensify our prayers and sacrifices for the love of God and the love of our neighbor."
"Clean hands are life savers ... and prayers save souls!" says the Dallas diocesan guidance on hand-washing which includes praying a Hail Mary and Our Father while scrubbing.
The pope was entrusting the city of Rome, Italy and the world to the protection of Our Lady during this time of a major health emergency, as a sign of hope and salvation.
Until further notice, the Sign of Peace will not be given/exchanged in any form during Holy Mass.
The Rite of Election, celebrated in cathedrals and churches around the world on the first Sunday of Lent, formally acknowledges the readiness of catechumens, who are journeying toward their complete initiation into the Catholic faith.
First interview of Bishop-elect Luis Romero will air on Catholic Faith Network today.
The event involves English Catholics making a personal "Angelus promise" to God in union with the "yes" of Mary at the Annunciation.