Kenya: How Coronavirus Lockdown Affects Slum dwellers
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Kenya: How Coronavirus Lockdown Affects Slum dwellers

Jane suffers from arthritis that has affected her legs, hands and back, leaving her bedridden and unable to fend for her family. It is her teenage daughter who became the family’s breadwinner, dropping out of school at a tender age and taking any odd job that would come her way to buy food for her…

‘Aqua Fons Vitae’: Major Vatican Document on Water
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‘Aqua Fons Vitae’: Major Vatican Document on Water

Too many sanitation facilities in poor and developing countries do not have adequate access to water for the most basic needs of cleanliness and hygiene. Without clean water, sinks, soaps, toilets and hygiene procedures, billions of patients, care staff and families are placed at risk because there is no foundation or infrastructure for decent, safe,…

Pope Francis: Putting Economy before People would be Viral Genocide
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Pope Francis: Putting Economy before People would be Viral Genocide

In a handwritten letter sent March 28 to Argentine Judge Roberto Andres Gallardo, president of the Pan-American Committee of Judges for Social Rights and Franciscan Doctrine, the pope said that some governments that have imposed lockdown measures “show the priority of their decisions: people first.” “This is important because we all know that defending the…

Cardinal Tagle: Call for Covid-19 ‘Jubilee’
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Cardinal Tagle: Call for Covid-19 ‘Jubilee’

“Now we realize that we don’t have enough masks but there are more than enough bullets,” Tagle, prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, said in his homily. “We don’t have enough supplies of ventilators but we have millions of pesos, dollars or euros spent on one plane that could attack people,” he…

COVID-19 Kenya: Bishops Denounce Police Brutality
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COVID-19 Kenya: Bishops Denounce Police Brutality

The brutality meted out on a section of Kenyans by police officers in their bid to enforce the dawn-to-dusk curfew put in place by the government to curb the spread of COVID-19 has caught the attention of Catholic Bishops who, while condemning the Friday, March 27 episodes, have called on security officers to act with a human…

From Italy: Rinascerò – I’ll be reborn
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From Italy: Rinascerò – I’ll be reborn

This song is from Italy’s most famous band in the 70’s. They have donated the copyrights to Bergamo Hospital. Every click on the video means a gift, because YouTube pays the owner of those copyrights per click. In Bergamo hospital, 800 people died yesterday alone. So share this video as much as possible. Grazie!  

Cameroon Anglophone Crisis: Moving towards a Ceasefire
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Cameroon Anglophone Crisis: Moving towards a Ceasefire

The Southern Cameroons Defence Forces (SOCADEF), an Ambazonian armed group, agreed to the United Nations’ call for a ceasefire due to the coronavirus outbreak impacting the country. The Cameroon government has yet to respond. “SOCADEF are prepared to support the ceasefire and will ensure the security and free circulation of international observers and humanitarian organisations…

Pope Francis Delivers Defining Image of Coronavirus Emergency
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Pope Francis Delivers Defining Image of Coronavirus Emergency

Twenty years from now, if you were to ask Italians to think back about what images stuck in their minds from the coronavirus, it’s a good bet that after Friday night, many would give the same answer. “Papa Francesco standing alone in St. Peter’s Square, under the rain, praying for it to end,” they’d likely…

Five Tips for Participation in Live Streaming Celebrations on Internet
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Five Tips for Participation in Live Streaming Celebrations on Internet

For several days, Facebook seems to have become one big liturgical space. Worldwide, all possible celebrations and prayer moments are streamed. Sometimes clumsy, often really enjoyable. A journalist asked me what I thought of there being no celebrations in Holy Week this year. I replied that there will be celebrations. However, most faithful will not…

A Letter from Saint Ignatius
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A Letter from Saint Ignatius

Heaven 14th March 2020, Earth time   Dear people on earth, I see you’re having a hard time finding the right attitude to the coronavirus. That’s not strange. Over the past few decades, science has made such progress that you have come to believe that a solution to every problem can be found in no…

The Raising of Lazarus
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The Raising of Lazarus

How can we begin to imagine the events in the gospel reading for the fifth Sunday of Lent from the point of view of Lazarus, raised from the dead?  Rob Marsh SJ invites us to try. ‘Death changes you. But so does life.’   It’s tough being dead – until you get used to it…

Covid-19 Mozambique: ‘People here Think they are Going to die like Dogs’ – Missionary
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Covid-19 Mozambique: ‘People here Think they are Going to die like Dogs’ – Missionary

Arias lives in Mangunze, a rural zone some 100 miles from Maputo, the capital, and some 20 miles from Xai-Xai, capital of Gaza state. There’s only one hospital in the state that has an ICU: 12 beds, in a wing opened last year. Not nearly enough when the region has 2.5 million inhabitants. “They’re opening…