• A spokesman for the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem said officials are concerned how the coronavirus would affect Lenten and Easter pilgrimages to the Holy Land.

    Passengers are seen wearing protective face masks in Seoul's Incheon Airport.

    Passengers are seen wearing protective face masks in Seoul's Incheon Airport Feb. 22, 2020, as cases of the coronavirus increase in South Korea. (CNS photo by Geyres Christophe/ABACA via Reuters)

  • Lent is a time for deeper dialogue with God through prayer, for renewed gratitude for God's mercy and for increased compassion for people whose lives are under attack, Pope Francis said...

    Pope Francis hears the confession of a priest March 7, 2019, at Rome's Basilica of St. John Lateran.

    Pope Francis hears the confession of a priest March 7, 2019, at Rome's Basilica of St. John Lateran. Reconciling oneself to God leads to healing, the pope said in his annual Lenten message, released by the Vatican Feb. 24, 2020. (CNS photo by Vatican Media)

  • Beginning Feb. 20, the Catholic Courier will offer a weekly package of helpful materials – including Scripture readings, reflections, videos, photos and background information...