• 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)

  • A priest listens to a man give an impromptu confession.

    A priest listens to a man give an impromptu confession. (CNS photo by Nancy Wiechec)

    Mar 24, 2020
  • St. John Paul II sits with his would-be assassin, Mehmet Ali Agca, in Rome's Rebibbia prison in 1983.

    St. John Paul II sits with his would-be assassin, Mehmet Ali Agca, in Rome's Rebibbia prison in 1983. Pope John Paul II forgave Agca and later said he did so "because that's what Jesus teaches. Jesus teaches us to forgive.' (CNS photo by Arturo Mari/L'Osservatore Romano)

    Mar 24, 2020
  • Volunteers serve breakfast to the needy at a shelter in Mount Clemens, Mich.

    Volunteers serve breakfast to the needy at a shelter in Mount Clemens, Mich. Almsgiving does not have to take the form of financial alms. There are many ways to be generous toward others that do not require excess in your bank account. (CNS photo by Jim West)

    Mar 17, 2020
  • A family prays before eating a meatless meal of baked potatoes and salad at their home.

    A family prays before eating a meatless meal of baked potatoes and salad at their home. As Catholics, we undertake the Lenten practices of prayer, fasting and almsgiving seeking spiritual conversion as we journey to the cross with Christ. (CNS photo by Nancy Wiechec)

    Mar 03, 2020
  • A poor box is seen at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington.

    A poor box is seen at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington. Almsgiving does not expect repayment; it is an act of mercy and of justice. (CNS photo by Tyler Orsburn)

    Mar 03, 2020
  • Illustration of a man sitting at a table.

    "Fasting wakes us up. It makes us more attentive to God and our neighbor," Pope Francis has said. (CNS illustration by Emily Thompson)

    Mar 03, 2020

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