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.
By Felicity de Fombelle, Catholic Voice
The religious leaders said they were particularly concerned about the rising tide of people who will suffer financially from the crisis.
“It was most helpful to discuss with other faith leaders how their communities are coping and responding,” Archbishop Prowse said. “Like the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn, most are using social media online platforms to achieve spiritual closeness.
“We are particularly concerned for the many people who are and will be financially distressed in the times ahead. And of course the flow-on effects in terms of family dislocation and homelessness.”
The religious leaders agreed that it would be good to come together for an interfaith gathering of thanksgiving at an appropriate time once the pandemic has eclipsed. The gathering would most likely be at St Christopher’s Cathedral in Canberra.
The religious leaders released a message of encouragement saying they were praying particularly for people who are sick, anxious, isolated, lonely and financially distressed.
“We implore religious people to reach out to those most in need with practical help, words of encouragement and a genuine concern for the well-being of all,” the statement said.
“We are to engender hope, healing, peace and practical help inspired by our respective religious traditions animated by our beliefs in the all-merciful and loving God.”