Vatican City, Apr 4, 2020 / (CNA) - Before we commit a sin, there were usually small temptations that we let grow in our soul, eventually making excuses for ourselves and our fall, Pope Francis said during Mass Saturday.

“That process which makes us change our hearts from good to bad, which takes us downhill,” he said April 4, is “something which grows, slowly grows, then infects others and ultimately excuses itself.”

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Coronavirus Church Resources

The team at the Humanitarian Disaster Institute at Wheaton College just published a free coronavirus resource webpage for churches that includes a new preparedness manual, planning template, articles, and a free webinar series. 

The resource webpage features recent HDI articles and media outreach to help equip churches for the coronavirus including “Preparing Your Church for Coronavirus (COVID-19): A Step-by-Step, Research-Informed, and Faith-Based Planning Manual” and “Coronavirus Church Planning Template.”

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Washington D.C., March /(CNA) - The coronavirus pandemic has caused schools across the United States to close. With no clear timeline for when they might reopen, parents, students, teachers, and schools are finding innovative ways to balance distance learning and home life.

The coronavirus (COVID-19) was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization last week, after spreading to more than 100 countries worldwide. In the U.S., there were more than 5,200 confirmed cases of the virus as of Tuesday afternoon.

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Vatican City, March 2020 / (CNA) - Pope Francis said Sunday to follow Christ’s example when dealing with the temptation to sin: send the devil away or answer with the Word of God, but never engage in debate.

When being tempted by the devil in the desert, “Jesus does not talk with the devil. Jesus responds to the devil with the Word of God, not with his word,” the pope said March 1.

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