Posts Tagged ‘Coronavirus’

The Pandemic: Enduring human costs of poverty Comments 0

Thursday, June 4th, 2020

Loneliness is the feeling of being disconnected, excluded and disengaged from others, an agonizing feeling of emptiness or desolation, a feeling that no one cares. At the same time there is the yearning to belong, a restlessness to make a satisfying relationship, to feel valued. Prior to the coronavirus pandemic, loneliness had been identified as Read more

App offered free to help NZ Churches contact trace Comments 0

Thursday, June 4th, 2020
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Snapp Mobile has released a new service in its app that gives churches a free and easy way to track and register members who want to visit the Church during Alert Level 2. Churchappsnz gives churches two options either to track or register its visitors. The service has already been offered to its 600+ existing Read more

Australians turned to prayer during lockdown Comments 0

Thursday, June 4th, 2020

Australians have turned to prayer during the coronavirus pandemic, with many wanting to spend more time growing their faith once restrictions are lifted, according to a new study. McCrindle Research said that about a third of Australians increased their prayer and other spiritual activities during the March and April lockdown, with 26 per cent wanting Read more

Baptism by water pistol! Comments 0

Thursday, May 28th, 2020
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Filling a water pistol with holy water and using it for blessings or baptisms is not right. Several priests have reacted against their brother priests for keeping a social distance and baptising babies with a water pistol. The photos appearing to depict blessings or baptisms by water pistol went viral online. In one photo, a Read more

Trump calls Church an essential service; he plays golf Comments 0

Thursday, May 28th, 2020

President Trump is a hypocrite, a CNN political analyst John Avlon has pointed out. Trump pushed for churches to reopen, deeming them essential, but did not attend church on Sunday, Avlon said. Instead, Trump played golf on Sunday – which makes him “more of the ‘do as I say, not as I do’ presidency.” Trump’s Read more

Many French churches hastily reopen Comments 0

Thursday, May 28th, 2020

Many French churches in Catholic parishes across France reopened for public Mass last weekend in some hurry and disarray after the government, prompted by the country’s chief administrative court, lifted the ban imposed during the coronavirus lockdown. The interior ministry announced last Friday evening that houses of worship could reopen from that weekend if they Read more

Sydney school evacuated on second day back due to positive coronavirus case Comments 0

Thursday, May 28th, 2020

A Sydney school has closed just one day after it opened due to a positive case of coronavirus. Waverley College has asked parents to collect their children after learning a student had contracted the disease. A spokeswoman for the Catholic boys school told The Sydney Morning Herald a year seven boy has tested positive for Read more

Over 100 people contract COVID-19 at Church Comments 0

Monday, May 25th, 2020

Dozens of people who attended at a Baptist church service in Frankfurt on 10 May are being sought by German authorities as they may have been exposed to the coronavirus (COVID-19). So far more than 107 people tested positive for the virus, six of whom have been taken to hospital. Those at the service followed Read more

Priests in Ireland preparing post-lockdown plans Comments 0

Monday, May 25th, 2020

Priests in Ireland are preparing post-lockdown plans for their parishes so they will be ready when coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions on public worship begin to ease. The Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin, says reopening churches for worship “has serious public health concerns and we have to make sure that we are ready for them.” One of Read more

Pandemic shows immigrants are essential Comments 0

Monday, May 25th, 2020

The pandemic has highlighted that immigrants are essential to the fabric of our society, Cardinal Michael Czerny SJ says. Czerny, who has been the under-secretary of the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development’s Migrants and Refugees Section since 2017, is urging people to develop local solutions to address the needs of immigrant and refugee Read more