12th July 2020

DR Congo: Health Zone of Bolomba (Diocese of Basankusu) Registers 8 cases of Ebola

The Ebola virus epidemic continues to rage in Equateur province, where it was declared on June 1. According to the INRB bulletin of Tuesday July 7, 43 positive cases were reported with 18 deaths. After the town of Mbandaka, the epicenter, the epidemic affected four neighboring health zones. These 43 positive Ebola cases are spread across the five health zones affected by the epidemic. These … Read more

Former General Superior Missionaries of Africa Appointed Member Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity

A Ghanaian Bishop known for his love for people suffering from mental illness in the West African country has been recognized by the Holy Father who has appointed him to the position of member of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity (PCPCU) in one of the latest Papal appointments. In the July 4 appointment, Pope Francis named Bishop Richard Kuuia Baawobr of Wa alongside … Read more

Brazil’s Coronavirus Nightmare – How it Got There

There is abundant evidence from other countries that inequality leads to worse outcomes and that strong leadership implementing clear policies works best. Brazil has failed on both counts. The coronavirus has taken advantage of Brazil’s preexisting fractures and inequalities, corroding an already afflicted society. Here, I take a look at how we’ve reached this point. Source: The Conversation Read more

Cameroon: Catholic Aid Agency Responds to Government’s Call for Help in Dealing with Covid-19

With 12,592 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 10,100 recoveries and 313 deaths, Cameroon reportedly has one of Africa’s highest infection rates and has been described as the “COVID-19 epicenter in western and central Africa.” COVID-19 becomes the fourth emergency that the 25.2-million-population nation is dealing with, besides exacerbating Boko Haram attacks in the north, violent conflict in Anglophone west, and the Central African refugee crisis. For the second time … Read more

The Post-Covid-19 World – A Penetrating analysis

From the outset, too, long-term questions were emerging about the ‘post-Covid’ world. Such questions risk wishful thinking. Will the world indeed ‘emerge from crisis’, or are we now compelled to recognise that the concept of a ‘crisis-free existence’ is mere complacency? A public health specialist estimates that, even given a promising new treatment for those with severe symptoms, we must learn ‘to live with this … Read more

Oosterbeek, The Netherlands: Keeping Corona at Bay

Covid-19,  takes us all into a new normal. Just like everywhere else, also in Oosterbeek we were taken by surprise by Corona. A virus which would take the whole world in its grip.  There seems to be no let up. How did we fare in Oosterbeek, what did we do to safeguard one another? On March 25th  the community in St Jozefhuis came together for … Read more

Africa: UN Call for Ceasefire amid Covid-19 Falls on Deaf Ears

“Here the conflict is continuing,” the Archbishop of Bamenda in northwestern Cameroon, Archbishop Andrew Nkea has said in response to a survey by Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International. Referencing the protracted conflict in the English-speaking region of Cameroon, Archbishop Nkea said, in the June 22 CAN report, that while many leaders of those advocating for secession have expressed their understanding of what is at stake … Read more

Basankusu, DR Congo: Hit by a Double – Ebola and Covid-19

In a message to Fr John Kirwan mhm the bishop of Basankusu, the Right Rev Joseph Mokobe Ndjoku, writes: It is becoming increasingly clear that the covid-19 pandemic is in the process of radically changing our manner of living and relating, the way we live our deepest convictions. I had to wait a while to respond to your message because I wanted to have a … Read more

Enschede, The Netherlands: An Explosion of Creativity in Times of Corona

These corona times mean that I have a lot of time for the garden and presbytery. A working group has now been formed for the garden to turn the walls of the presbytery garden into an exhibition of paintings. There is also an Our Lady’s chapel against the large tree in the middle of the garden. The schoolchildren from next door have been asked to … Read more

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