Posts Tagged ‘COVID-19’

Clergy need better tools to help domestic abuse survivors

Monday, May 10th, 2021
domestic abuse

“I don’t get it. My husband and I have been in couples counseling for nine years already, but life at home is getting worse,” says a woman to her clergyperson, her fingers fidgeting with her phone. “First, the constant sarcasm, then the silent treatment and not knowing what’s really going on with our finances. When Read more

Digital passports: A good idea?

Monday, May 10th, 2021
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As the rollout of vaccines against COVID-19 gathers pace, countries are exploring how documents, mostly digital, could help reopen borders by identifying those who are protected against the virus. France became the first EU country to trial an app-based travel pass that stores negative COVID-19 test results and will soon allow vaccination certificates on flights Read more

18 days in a COVID ICU unit in India

Monday, May 10th, 2021
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“Nothing prepared me to see so much widespread death, pain and suffering, and up so close,” says a former patient of COVID ICU unit in India. “I’m one of the very lucky ones. “Many are not as fortunate,” said Ivan Fernandes, La-Croix International managing editor. Fernandes was talking with CathNews on Saturday. Reflecting on his Read more

We need a place to serve: Faith groups step up in India

Monday, May 3rd, 2021
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On Sunday night (April 25), with his 90-year-old father’s oxygen saturation levels dipping below 85, Kishor Kumar was frantic. Hospitals in India’s most populous city had been turning him away, saying they had no oxygen beds. Finally, at 9:30 p.m., following a lead, Kumar showed up at a Sikh gurdwara in Airoli, just outside Mumbai, Read more

Church toilet roll fundraiser a great success

Monday, March 29th, 2021

Inspired by the story of the Good Samaritan, the young people of Grace Mennonite Church Manitoba challenged their church to collect toilet paper for Steinbach Community Outreach by the end of the month. The goal was to gather a total of 2021 rolls within the span of one month. The pastor says his church was Read more

Catholic priest fined for public Masses in lockdown

Thursday, March 25th, 2021

Police in Ireland have fined a Catholic priest for celebrating public Masses during a nationwide lockdown. The Gardaí (police) fined Fr. P.J. Hughes, 500 euros (NZ$830) after he offered Masses with a small number of parishioners present. This was the second time Hughes defied the gardai’s request to lock the church’s doors when he celebrated Read more

After Covid, Mass will never be the same. Maybe that’s a good thing.

Monday, March 22nd, 2021
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Even though there is no congregation at Sunday Mass, the community at St. Benedict the African Parish in Chicago has never been so close. As Chicago entered a strict lockdown in March 2020, young members of the community helped the parish transition to broadcasting its liturgies and some of its weekly offerings, like Bible studies, Read more

How not to talk about vaccines: Culture war vs common good

Monday, March 8th, 2021

Why are some US bishops of the Catholic Church telling Catholics to avoid the newly approved Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine? Why did some U.S. Catholic leaders rush to issue warnings about this vaccine even though the Vatican has already said that it can be morally acceptable to receive it? Most importantly, why did these Read more

US bishops ‘ethically unhelpful’ and ‘pastorally dangerous’

Thursday, March 4th, 2021
ethically unhelpful

“Pastorally dangerous” and “unhelpful” is how South African ethicist Anthony Egan SJ is labelling the Archdiocese of New Orleans claim the Johnson & Johnson Covid Vaccine is “morally compromised”. He made the claims in America Magazine. Egan’s irritation is that just one day before the US Food and Drug Administration granted emergency authorisation to a Read more

Christians unite against COVID vaccine conspiracy theories

Thursday, March 4th, 2021
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The Catholic bishop of Auckland, Patrick Dunn is urging Catholics in the diocese to cooperate with policies in place and for the community to combat COVID-19. “In particular we recognise the importance during this Alert Level 3 period of not gathering in our churches, staying home unless essential, and not leaving the borders of the Read more