How Catholics can use this time without the Eucharist to grow closer to Christ

By Robert Flock in 'AMERICA, The Jesuit Review', 8 June 2020  In many places around the world, including my diocese in Bolivia, we are unable to celebrate the Mass and other sacraments in public due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Schools are closed and catechism classes are canceled. These activities are considered ill-advised and are often…

Dr. Anthony Fauci: To keep churches safe, use masks, limit singing and wait to resume Communion

As states around the country begin to ease stay-at-home orders, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said churches should adopt “common sense” measures to protect worshippers and the wider community, like requiring masks, practicing social distancing and prohibiting singing. Regarding the distribution of Communion, he said, “I…

Homily, Seventh Sunday of Easter (A) 2020

In the Second World War famous poems were used to encrypt messages supporting resistance agents in occupied Europe for the secret Special Operations Executive. However this was found to be insecure because enemy cryptanalysts were able to locate the original from published sources. Leo Marks, an English writer and cryptographer who headed the codes office for the SOE countered this…