Pope Francis lies down in prayer prior to celebrating Good Friday Mass for the Passion of Christ at St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican on April 10. (Photo: Andrew Medichini/AFP)
The coronavirus pandemic has totally disrupted our lives. And for Christians it has been a cross and Lenten penance we did not expect. And certainly one we would never have chosen.
That seemed clear enough to me nearly five weeks ago when Italy decreed the first in a series of ever more stringent measures to try to contain the spread of Covid-19.
The entire country went into forced lockdown on March 9 and public gatherings, including church services, were deemed unsafe. Public Mass was canceled. Even at the Vatican.
This was a huge cross thrust on the backs of practicing Catholics. And we have stumbled under its weight.
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