Posts Tagged ‘COVID-19’

He made a 75-day retreat and wonders if he missed anything Comments 0

Monday, July 6th, 2020

Daniel Thorson went on a solo meditation retreat for 75 days in a small Vermont cabin, cut off from the outside world without a phone, internet, or contact with others. While Thorson spent his time in isolation meditating, he had no clue about the major changes going on in the outside world.  Read more Related Read more

Irish Church exempt from indoor gathering restrictions Comments 0

Monday, July 6th, 2020

Places of worship in Ireland have been exempted from the country’s indoor gathering restrictions. The relaxation of the rules responds to Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin’s concerns about the feasibility of enforcing the restrictions. Ireland’s Phase Three set a limit of 50 people for indoor gatherings and 100 people for outdoor gatherings. In Phase Four Read more

Prince Charles praises religious communities Comments 0

Monday, July 6th, 2020

Prince Charles has praised the “wonderful work” of religious communities during the coronavirus pandemic. The 71-year-old royal has been “so deeply struck” by the way people have demonstrated “fundamental human compassion and decency” and set differences aside to provide “vital” support to local communities. He said at a virtual multifaith conference hosted by the Commonwealth Read more

The Church in Colombia going bankrupt Comments 0

Thursday, July 2nd, 2020

The Church in Colombia is likely to be bankrupt by August, the Archbishop of Bogota, Luis José Rueda, says. The financial crisis is a direct result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, which has caused chaos in Colombia’s healthcare system. Rueda says “three months of zero income and 100 per cent of expenses” will cause diocesan Read more

SERF helping from Hari Hari to Haast and beyond Comments 0

Thursday, July 2nd, 2020

Evangelization has many faces say, Father Mike Mahoney, the parish priest of South Westland. Franz Josef is part of the parish, and there are over 200 people there who have lost their jobs because there are no longer any foreign tourists. Many of these migrant workers cannot go home because there are no flights. In Read more

Major victory for religious liberty – the merits of the case Comments 0

Monday, June 29th, 2020

A major victory for religious liberty has followed a federal court case. The victory occurred in the decision in Soos v. Cuomo. Federal district Judge Gary L. Sharpe has removed religious gatherings from the virtual ghetto in which Governor Cuomo, his Attorney General and New York’s Mayor Bill de Blasio had placed them under Cuomo’s Read more

Blurring Boundaries: Viral biology and interconnected reality Comments 0

Thursday, June 25th, 2020
interconnected reality

The coronavirus pandemic has dramatically changed the way people live, both individually and collectively. But has it altered the way we think about the basic fabric of our lives? Not yet. I think it should, though—especially in ways that strengthen the vision of interconnected creation outlined by Pope Francis in Laudato si’. Influenced by literal Read more

Pope throws shade at adolescent priests Comments 0

Thursday, June 25th, 2020

Pope Francis is praising heroic medical staff and priests who contributed so greatly, often under difficult circumstances, during the coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown. Last Saturday he welcomed Italy’s front-line medical and civil protection personnel from the coronavirus-ravaged region of Lombardy to the Vatican to thank them for their selfless work and “heroic” sacrifice. Their example of Read more

What Jesus preached might help us post-COVID-19 Comments 0

Monday, June 22nd, 2020
debt jubilee

Anyone who tuned into the broadcast version a Two Cents Worth podcast last week may be forgiven for thinking they had tuned in to a church service. It began with a recitation of the first part of the Our Father. But Two Cents worth is advertised as being “Stories that make sense of business and Read more

Eucharist is not enough to save us Comments 0

Thursday, June 18th, 2020

The other day I went to get a haircut after the last 2 months in lockdown (I didn’t trust the others in my ‘bubble’ to give me a haircut!). As I entered the shop to see my old friend and barber, I noticed – further along the street – the blanket-covered body of someone sleeping Read more