Laudato Si’ Week: 16 – 24 May
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Laudato Si’ Week: 16 – 24 May

Nature is sending us a message with the coronavirus pandemic and the ongoing climate crisis, according to the UN’s environment chief, Inger Andersen. Destructive practices – such as logging, mining, industrial farming – which drive wildlife into contact with people must be reviewed. Live animal markets – an ideal mixing bowl for disease – must…

Direct Link between Pandemics and Environmental Degradation?
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Direct Link between Pandemics and Environmental Degradation?

In mid-April, a biologist filmed a heartwarming video of a jellyfish gliding through clean waterways with reflections of the grand places of Venice, the Italian city that used to be one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world before the Covid-19 pandemic struck. Venice has been deserted since pandemic-stricken Italy went into lockdown…

Coronavirus: The Crucial Link between Air Travel and Spread of Infections
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Coronavirus: The Crucial Link between Air Travel and Spread of Infections

For more than two months we have been consumed by daily death counts and the latest news from Italy, Spain, France and the US. We are aware that China claims to have almost stamped out domestic transmission. The more well-read can talk about contact tracing in South Korea and Taiwan, and the possibility that Australia…

Pandemic a Call to Deeper Spiritual Conversion – Federico Lombardi
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Pandemic a Call to Deeper Spiritual Conversion – Federico Lombardi

The pandemic is a widespread and shared illness. It is a common experience of incredible and unexpected fragility. It puts into question many aspects of our lives and of our world that we had taken for granted. This causes great suffering and upheaval. But is it only an evil or is it also an opportunity?…

Beyond the Pandemic – A Challenging Reflection
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Beyond the Pandemic – A Challenging Reflection

In a world where everything seemed to be within the grasp of our own human capabilities, developments and intelligence, with our technology that supports increasingly individualistic and alienating ways of life. In dominant societies that function under the premises of quasi-autonomy, self-determination and nationalisms. There, where apparently everything was under our control and superficial relations…

Where is God in a Coronavirus World? – Mark Dowd, a Well-known Broadcaster, Reflects
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Where is God in a Coronavirus World? – Mark Dowd, a Well-known Broadcaster, Reflects

‘Well, if God cannot create a material world with us in it, without suffering and death, then why create at all?’ It is essentially the same dilemma facing any young couple as they ponder bringing new life into the world. They know their offspring will experience highs and lows, and they will, like all of…

Italy: Much Loved Tanzanian Nun among Victims of Coronavirus
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Italy: Much Loved Tanzanian Nun among Victims of Coronavirus

Residents of Assisi and Rieti, in Italy, have taken to Facebook to express their sadness and gratitude for a Tanzanian religious sister, Anastasia Cristian Malisa who died of Covid-19 over the weekend. She was 60 years old. “Today, at 16.30, our Sister Anastasia, returned to Jesus, her spouse and only source of joy, after a…

Laudato Si’ and Covid-19 – a Tale of Interconnectedness
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Laudato Si’ and Covid-19 – a Tale of Interconnectedness

This year was supposed to be a year of celebration in Rome, commemorating five years since the release of Laudato si’, the papal encyclical on care for our common home. However, instead of the gratitude that ought to have characterised the marking of that anniversary, the underlying public sentiment when witnessing the unfolding events first in…

Psychological Care Guidelines During Lockdown
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Psychological Care Guidelines During Lockdown

In these last few days, we have been facing a situation that, for most of us, is new and involves a major change to our routine, work, schedule, tasks, activity and mission focus. We must adapt to a reality that has been imposed on us in a relatively unexpected way which is not easy to…

Lockdown: The Times are out of Joint
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Lockdown: The Times are out of Joint

One of the reasons I am so interested in this new public awareness of time is that I have spent the last few years working on exactly this theme with a group of people who are experts-by-experience in the philosophies of time, but whose voices are rarely heard in public debate. These voices belong to…