Posts Tagged ‘Pandemic’

COVID enters its 5th year – won’t go away – NZ needs a realistic strategy

Thursday, February 29th, 2024

February 28 marks four years since COVID-19 was first reported in Aotearoa New Zealand. Many of us are probably surprised this virus is still causing a pandemic. The World Health Organization refers to COVID-19 as a continuing pandemic. As Scientific American put it recently, it “has been the elephant in every room — sometimes confronted Read more

Climate change gains made during the pandemic undone – report

Monday, November 14th, 2022

The world seems to have lost the climate change gains made during the pandemic. After a slowdown of global carbon emissions during the pandemic, fossil fuel levels are bouncing back to higher levels than ever before. They’re forecast to rise 1 percent worldwide – reaching a new record that’s likely to soar even further when Read more

Covid vaccines alone will not solve human problems

Thursday, October 28th, 2021

While some people bunkered down during the Covid lockdowns, Gerarld Arbuckle wrote a book! The award-winning author’s new book is about the Church in a post-COVID world. In “The Pandemic and the People of God“, internationally renowned theologian and anthropologist and New Zealand-born priest, Gerald Arbuckle SM, weaves together insights from life, anthropology and theology Read more

Post pandemic: More people reading their Bibles

Thursday, June 17th, 2021

According to the American Bible Society’s 11th Annual State of the Bible Report, more Americans are turning to the Bible than they have in prior years, and they are reading it more often. Read more

Coronavirus strengthens religious faith, family bonds

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

Cardinal upholds ‘probable invalidity’ of confession by phone

Thursday, December 10th, 2020

Even though the world is facing a pandemic that may limit many people’s ability to celebrate the sacraments, particularly those people who are in isolation, quarantining or hospitalized with COVID-19, confession by phone is still most likely invalid, said Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, head of the Apostolic Penitentiary. Read more

Immaculate Conception: Pope Francis cancels traditional act of veneration due to pandemic

Thursday, December 3rd, 2020

The Vatican has announced that Pope Francis will not visit Rome’s Piazza di Spagna this year for the traditional veneration of Mary on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception due to the pandemic. Instead, Francis will mark the feast day with “an act of private devotion, entrusting the city of Rome, its inhabitants and the Read more

Far-right extremists explode in anger at Pope Francis

Monday, November 30th, 2020

In an op-ed published by the New York Times on Thanksgiving, Pope Francis defended some of the social distancing restrictions that have been enacted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Francis applauded governments that have been “acting decisively to protect health and to save lives” by “imposing strict measures to contain the outbreak.” And some Read more

Lord’s Prayer banned at funeral

Thursday, October 15th, 2020

Mourners were banned from saying the Lord’s Prayer at a funeral as it could “spread the coronavirus”. Bosses at a council-run crematorium said if more than one person joined in, it counted as “chanting” and was not allowed. Minister Alison Davies, 53, was left in tears at the ban at the funeral of a 94-year-old Read more

Pandemic highlights social problems and inequality

Sunday, August 30th, 2020

The pandemic is highlighting and exacerbating social problems, especially inequality, Pope Francis said at his General Audience  last Wednesday. Focusing his talk on the fourth of his “Healing the World” series, Francis is urging everyone to check statistics to see how many children are dying of hunger because of a poor distribution of wealth and Read more