Posts Tagged ‘COVID-19’

Cardinal Gregory prays on TV for 500,000 Americans killed by Covid-19 Comments 0

Thursday, February 25th, 2021
Cardinal Gregory on CNN

Washington Cardinal Wilton Gregory appeared on CNN offering a prayer for the 500,000 Americans who have died from Covid-19. In the prayer, Gregory asked God to “grant eternal peace to all our sisters and brothers lost to this disease.” “Let us now open our hearts to recall those who have died from the coronavirus,” Cardinal Read more

Marriage & divorce amid pandemic: Couples’ challenges abound Comments 0

Monday, February 22nd, 2021
marriage

For many U.S. couples yearning to be married, the pandemic has wreaked havoc on their wedding plans while bolstering their teamwork and resilience. For couples already married, it has posed a host of new tests, bringing some closer, pulling others apart. Spending more time together — a common result of lockdowns, furloughs and layoffs — Read more

Pushpay seeks further growth into Catholic churches, nonprofits and schools Comments 0

Thursday, February 18th, 2021
Pushpay

Molly Matthews will take over as CEO of Redmond-based Pushpay during a time of growth and transformation. The 10-year-old company helps churches collect donations and engage congregants. According to Matthews, Pushpay’s software saw heavy engagement this past year with Covid-19 forcing many churches to cease or limit in-person gatherings. As of Sept. 30, the company Read more

Coronavirus strengthens religious faith, family bonds Comments 0

Monday, February 15th, 2021

A Pew Research Center poll has found the coronavirus pandemic has strengthened the religious faith and family bonds in many parts of the world. The poll focused on 14 countries with what Pew calls “advanced economies”. It was released in late January. Of the Americans surveyed, 28 percent said the pandemic had strengthened their own Read more

Global modification to Ash Wednesday ceremonies Comments 0

Monday, February 15th, 2021
Ash Wednesday impacted by Covid-19

Churches around the world have modified Ash Wednesday ceremonies due to the impact of Covid-19. The holy day of prayer and fasting is one of the highest contact observances on the liturgical calendar. It takes place on 17 February this year. Many churches mark the beginning of the penitential season of Lent with clergy marking Read more

Ash Wednesday on Sunday! COVID continues to disrupt Comments 0

Monday, February 15th, 2021

Ash Wednesday on Sunday is a possibility. Cardinal John Dew and Bishop Patrick Dunn identified the option in messages to pastoral leaders and people in their respective dioceses. “If the Alert Level changes back to Level 1 on Wednesday night, we will look at having the belling and distribution of the ashes at Masses next Read more

Get vaccinated: Choose solidarity and fraternity Comments 0

Thursday, February 11th, 2021

Since the beginning of COVID-19, Pope Francis has regularly reiterated his extreme concern for the sick, their loved ones and those who care for them. He’s also insisted that the world and the societies that gave rise to this pandemic must “heal globally”. To help in the effort towards developing a global response, the pope Read more

No wriggle-room for religious workers Comments 0

Thursday, February 11th, 2021

COVID restrictions are hampering some parish clergy appointments. Most visibly in the list of Wellington appointments, is the announcement of Fr Bill Warwick as the new parish priest of Holy Trinity parish, Wellington East. Warwick replaces the Capuchin Friars, who have served in the diocese for 62 years. He will have responsibility for the Kilbirnie, Read more

116-year-old French nun survives Covid-19 Comments 0

Thursday, February 11th, 2021

Europe’s oldest person, French nun Sister Andre, has survived Covid-19 and will celebrate her 117th birthday tomorrow, her caregivers said. Lucile Randon, who took the name of Sister Andre when she joined a Catholic charitable order in 1944, tested positive for coronavirus in her retirement home in Toulon, southern France, on 16 January. She was Read more

What the hell kind of Christmas is this? Comments 0

Thursday, December 10th, 2020
Christmas

Christmas time 1973 I was a newly-arrived seminarian in Japan. It was my first-ever Christmas away from home. The “economic miracle” of the country’s post-war recovery was in full swing. Before the end of the decade, a best-selling book would tout Japan as Number One. However, the miracle was not yet complete, even in the Read more