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Why One-size-fits-all Measures against COVID-19 Could be Lethal in Africa’s Social Context

It’s not even clear that the social distancing measures will curb the spread of disease here. We know from award winning work on HIV transmission by South African epidemiologists that local social context can neuter a health intervention that is effective elsewhere. So it may be with social distancing. In a South African township, living conditions are…

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Pope Francis: Current Crisis Reminds us that Humanity is a Single Community

In the interview with “La Stampa”, published on Friday, Pope Francis speaks of the sorrow and pain that “everyone” is experiencing due to the coronavirus. The only way to survive this situation, he says, is by sticking together. The Pope invites us to live this moment “with penance, compassion and hope”. We need “humility”, he…

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Italy: Massive Outbreak of COVID-19 in Two Convents outside Rome

In comments to Italian bishops’ conference newspaper Avvenire, Sister Bernadette Rossoni, general postulator of the Daughters of San Camillo, said that overall “we are fine,” and that three of the 40 infected nuns are hospitalized, while the others are not showing serious symptoms and are at home in the convent. While the number of infections inside…

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Coronavirus, Iranian Ayatollah to the Pope: “Help us to revoke the sanctions, especially for medical assistance”

In a message released through Agenzia Fides, Fr. Mallon reports that Ayatollah Seyed Mostafa Mohaghegh Damad, a man for decades committed to bridging the distance between Iran and other countries in the world, wrote a heartfelt letter to Pope Francis, asking him to intervene to ensure that sanctions against Iran, in particular that relating to…

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Pakistan: Sindh Province Badly Hit by Coronavirus

Officials in Pakistan’s Sindh province have reached out to minority leaders in a bid to combat the coronavirus that has badly hit the country’s southern region. The move came as Pakistan saw its biggest daily spike of Covid-19 cases on March 16. According to federal and provincial health officials, the number of coronavirus cases jumped from 33…