6th April 2020

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 ailing mother, her own children and her sibling. On the … Read more

Cardinal Bo (Myanmar): Repression, Lies and Corruption of Chinese Communist Party Responsible for Magnitude of Covid-19 Pandemic

No corner of the world is untouched by this pandemic, no life unaffected. According to the World Health Organization, nearly a million people have been infected and more than 46,000 have died. By the time this is over, the global death toll is expected to be millions. International voices are being raised against the negligent attitude shown by China, especially its despotic Chinese Communist Party … Read more

‘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, quality care. Births, surgery, infections, epidemics: none of these can … Read more

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 people implies an economic setback,” he said in the letter, … Read more

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 said. The lack of resources, according to him, could be … Read more

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 face, respecting the dignity of persons. Source: ACIAfrica Read more

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 in Ambazonia […] in accordance with human rights law,” Ebenezer … Read more

Manila, Philippines: Lockdown Will Create Unrest if Mismanaged – Bishop Pabillo

“It is impossible to impose a lockdown in the capital’s many slums. Many live without a roof over their heads. Others are crammed into makeshift shelters where it is very hot. It is difficult to ask them to stay locked up for a long time,” the bishop said. According to the Philippines Statistics Authority, 21 percent of people living in this predominantly Catholic country are … Read more

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