Sophie Vodvarka is a freelance writer based in Chicago who covers travel, spirituality and current affairs. Follow her on Twitter: @SophieVodvarka.

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Pandemic exacerbates fear, challenges for undocumented immigrants

The Rio Grande Valley is underserved by hospitals to begin with, and immigrant detention facilities are showing signs of being affected by COVID-19. Catholic agencies are striving to serve people who are losing jobs and facing other challenges amid the pandemic.

Masses go digital with livestreamed services; find out how to join

Dioceses across the world canceled in-person services in response to the growing COVID-19 pandemic throughout the past week. This new reality created a massive new viewership for televised and livestreamed Masses and worship rituals, and Catholics swiftly met the spiritual need.