At Rosary, Pope Francis Prays Resources Move From Military to Pandemic Prevention

Under the gaze of a seventh-century icon of Mary, Pope Francis launched a monthlong, global recitation of the rosary, pleading for Mary’s intercession for the end of the COVID-19 pandemic. And he prayed May 1 that Mary would move people’s consciences “so that the enormous amounts spent to increase and perfect weapons are instead used to promote research to prevent similar catastrophes in the future.”

Basilica of Regina Pacis Adds a Second Spanish Mass to Meet Growing Demand

The 9 a.m. Spanish Mass has outgrown the Basilica of Regina Pacis, so a second Mass will be at 7:30 a.m. Sundays, starting April 11. Msgr. Ronald T. Marino, the pastor, said word is getting out that people can finally return safely to Sunday Mass, especially in the Spanish community, which is packing the basilica each week.

Holy Water Fonts Adapt to Pandemic Times

Holy water fonts have remained dry since churches in Brooklyn and Queens reopened on May 26, due to health and safety measures. However, companies and entrepreneurs have gotten creative while expressing their faith by building touch-free holy water font dispensers.

Chinese Faith Community Clears Trash, Shares the Gospel

About 30 members of the Asian faith community at Basilica Regina parish assemble for the weekly cleanup each Sunday after their noon Chinese-language Mass. Msgr. Ronald Marino, pastor, said their work is courageous, especially while Asian people across the U.S. face violent hate crimes or verbal abuse and blame-laying for the pandemic.