• In this time of waiting, Catholics can pray as the Psalms, Jesus and saints have taught. 

    People in the Queens borough of New York City pray at St. Bartholomew Church May 15, 2020, during the coronavirus pandemic. (CNS photo by Brendan McDermid, Reuters)

  • Keeping watch and staying vigilant, themes in Advent, also are at play during the pandemic. 

    Catholic Charities staff and volunteers in the Archdiocese of Washington distribute 800 boxes of nutritious grocery items and 800 family-size meals in the parking lot of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception May 19, 2020. (CNS photo by Tyler Orsburn)

  • Priests get to celebrate so much that is beautiful and bold, happy and hopeful, like baptisms, first Communions and weddings.

    Jesuit Father Richard Malloy, director of mission and ministry at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Baltimore, is pictured in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming in 2016. (CNS photo by Nancy Wiechec)

  • Tapestries designed by Renaissance master Raphael are displayed in the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican Feb. 21, 2020.

    Tapestries designed by Renaissance master Raphael are displayed in the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican Feb. 21, 2020. (CNS photo by Paul Haring)

    Apr 15, 2020
  • A priest lights a fire outside outside Mission St. Juan Diego in Arlington Heights, Ill., during the Easter Vigil.

    A priest lights a fire outside outside Mission St. Juan Diego in Arlington Heights, Ill., during the Easter Vigil. Each Christian present is seen to be a bearer of the light of Christ. (CNS photo by Karen Callaway, Catholic New World)

    Apr 06, 2020
  • Wildflowers bloom on Mount Precipice in Nazareth, Israel, believed to be where Jesus was led to after being rejected in Nazareth.

    Wildflowers bloom on Mount Precipice in Nazareth, Israel, believed to be where Jesus was led to after being rejected in Nazareth (Lk 4: 29-30). (CNS photo by Debbie Hill)

    Apr 06, 2020
  • An Easter basket with hand-decorated eggs is pictured outside Our Lady Of Czestochowa Parish in Phoenix during a traditional Polish blessing on Holy Saturday.

    An Easter basket with hand-decorated eggs is pictured outside Our Lady Of Czestochowa Parish in Phoenix during a traditional Polish blessing on Holy Saturday. (CNS photo by Nancy Wiechec)

    Apr 02, 2020
  • Father John Benson, parochial vicar at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington, carries palms in the church sacristy Feb. 18, 2020.

    Father John Benson, parochial vicar at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington, carries palms in the church sacristy Feb. 18, 2020, that had been collected from parishioners who saved them from the previous Palm Sunday. The church burns collected palms to make ashes for Ash Wednesday. (CNS photo by Chaz Muth)

    Apr 02, 2020
  • A re-enactment of the crucifixion of Jesus is seen in Bensheim, Germany. As St. Paul writes, Jesus was "obedient to death, even death on a cross.

    A re-enactment of the crucifixion of Jesus is seen in Bensheim, Germany. As St. Paul writes, Jesus was "obedient to death, even death on a cross." (CNS photo by Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters)

    Apr 02, 2020

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