Posts Tagged ‘COVID-19’

Pope Francis: A crisis reveals what is in our hearts Comments 0

Monday, November 30th, 2020
COVID-19 crisis

To come out of this pandemic better than we went in, we must let ourselves be touched by others’ pain. Pope Francis is the head of the Catholic Church and the bishop of Rome. In this past year of change, my mind and heart have overflowed with people. People I think of and pray for, Read more

Should Catholics vaccinate using an ethically compromised vaccine? Comments 0

Thursday, November 26th, 2020

Edward Jenner is considered the father of vaccinology. He pioneered the world’s first vaccine, which was for smallpox. Caused by a virus, smallpox was a serious disease which killed about three in ten of the people who contracted it and left many others with severe scars. Smallpox was mainly spread by direct, lengthy face-to-face contact Read more

Massive increase in pokie-machine profits recorded Comments 0

Thursday, November 26th, 2020

There has been a huge $130,661,758 increase in pokie-machine profits this year. Te Tari Taiwhenua – the Department of Internal Affairs – is linking September’s 116 percent increase on the June quarter to the end of Covid-19 restrictions. A Te Tari Taiwhenua spokesperson says the September quarter figures are higher than any of the June Read more

Rebuilding our church models; we need creatives at the governance table, now Comments 0

Monday, November 23rd, 2020

A key part of learning how to adapt to our Covid-19 reality will be rebuilding our business models. Reverting to a “business-as-usual” mindset is at our own peril. Instead, we have to reframe our approaches both for short-term survival and to create a better future as #Buildbackbetter and similar sentiments are on all our minds. Read more

Death during lockdown: A collective nightmare, but we do it alone Comments 0

Monday, November 23rd, 2020
live-stream funerals

Last Thursday afternoon, ostensibly on holiday in the Wairarapa, I sat with my husband on a couch that didn’t belong to us, in a house that wasn’t ours, and watched his mum say goodbye to her brother on the same TV we’d been glued to the night before watching US election coverage. The same TV Read more

Church patriarch dies from Covid-19 after open-casket funeral of disease victim Comments 0

Monday, November 23rd, 2020

The head of the Serbian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Irinej, died in a Belgrade hospital on Friday after contracting coronavirus, according to a statement from the church. Irinej, who was 90, led an open-casket funeral service for the church’s top cleric in Montenegro, Metropolitan Amfilohije Radović, on November 1. Three days later, Irinej was admitted to Read more

Huge increases in people without paid work Comments 0

Thursday, November 19th, 2020

Thousands of the 27,000 New Zealanders who ceased receiving the 12-week COVID-19 Income Relief Payments (CIRP) have not returned paid work. The Salvation Army says although the application period for CIRP ended last week, only one in ten people who have finished their CIRP are in work. Some people have been able to transition onto Read more

Gym dubs itself ‘Church of the Healthy Body’ to bypass virus restrictions Comments 0

Monday, November 16th, 2020

A Polish gym has dubbed itself a church in a bid to stay open under new anti-virus restrictions that have seen the fitness industry scramble for creative loopholes. “Because fitness classes aren’t allowed, starting today we’re offering religious gatherings for members of the Church of the Healthy Body,” the Atlantic Sports club said on Facebook. Read more

Blessings of Covid 19 Comments 0

Monday, November 16th, 2020

In the spiritual realm, crucifixions and resurrections are not separate, and, as  Jesus demonstrated, what is resurrected is always greater than what has died. We have all experienced this way of growth in some form or other. We need to be emptied in order to be filled. Ignatian teacher Margaret Silf writes in her book Read more

Almost three-quarters of lost jobs are women’s, here’s why Comments 0

Monday, November 16th, 2020

The economic downturn caused by Covid-19 has had an uneven impact, in part reflecting the unprecedented nature of the crisis. The housing market and many domestic-orientated industries are doing well. And for many households and businesses, the economic downturn has so far had little impact on job security, incomes, or spending. For some, the increased Read more