Pope Francis yesterday warned Christians to avoid living in a “fog” of sadness, sloth and complaining, instead of rejoicing in the spiritual healing they have received from Christ. Source: CNA.
Principals and teachers in Victoria are planning for the possibility that schools will be closed until at least July and children restricted to remote learning for all of the second term. Source: The Age.
Discovering one’s vocation to marriage, priesthood or religious life and making the decision to embrace it takes courage, Pope Francis said. Source: Crux.
Amid the health, economic and financial crises brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, our greatest test is to conduct ourselves as a robust democracy and to demonstrate that we are a fair society, writes John Warhurst. Source: Eureka Street.
CathNews is today introducing a regular feature on resources to support people’s prayer and spiritual lives during a time when public Masses are suspended.
Sydney Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP has flagged allowing drive-by confessions as part of “creative responses” to maintaining religious observances after COVID-19 caused a shutdown of non-essential services. Source: The Australian.
Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge has spoken powerfully of the life-giving water of faith even in a disease-ridden world during a live-streamed Mass from inside the city’s near-empty St Stephen’s Cathedral. Source: The Catholic Leader.
State officials and police in a northern province of Vietnam have stopped Catholic parishioners from erecting a cement fence in a controversial area next to a government facility. Source: UCA News.
Canberra-Goulburn Archbishop Christopher Prowse has met with local religious leaders in a show of solidarity as faith communities respond to the coronavirus challenge. Source: Catholic Voice.
At least 60 priests are among the more than 6000 people who have died in Italy after contracting the coronavirus. Source: CNA.
Catholic Schools NSW has asked for the Berejiklian Government’s help to take teaching online, warning it could take months to roll out and result in a “digital divide” between schools. Source: The Guardian.
Citing the increasing loss of lives to COVID-19 and a lack of medical resources, an Iranian cleric has urged Pope Francis to do what he can to help get United States sanctions against Iran lifted. Source: CNS.
With parishioners practising social distancing, yesterday's last public Church gatherings proved bittersweet as Catholics grapple with "the new normal" imposed by the coronavirus restrictions. Source: The Catholic Leader.
Caritas Australia’s Project Compassion is helping to transform the lives of some of India’s most vulnerable people through essential disability support services.
Catholic Health Australia is calling on the Commonwealth Government to release stockpiles of personal protective equipment (PPE) to its hospital staff as stocks in its network reach critically low levels.
The spread of coronavirus is just the latest test of the strength of communities across Australia. It shows how fragile we are, but it will show how strong we can be, says Archbishop Mark Coleridge. Source: ABC Religion and Ethics.
Jesuit Social Services has welcomed the Morrison Government’s decision to temporarily boost the Jobseeker Allowance and the Youth Allowance Job Seeker payment for six months during the unfolding COVID-19 crisis.
Pope Francis offered Mass yesterday for people facing economic hardship due to the coronavirus pandemic. Source: CNA.