- Apr 7, 2020
For years, Catholic-led, U.S.-based nonprofits have been at the forefront of efforts to support migrants and asylum seekers along the Mexican border. Tough new border policies, coupled with the COVID-19 pandemic, have drastically changed their work, much of which now takes place in Mexico.
While countries have enforced social distancing measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, Pope Francis warned of serious consequences if the same measures aren’t applied to overcrowded prisons.
Pope Francis has earmarked an initial $750,000 for a new fund for hospitals, schools, nursing homes and other structures run by the Catholic Church in poor countries to use to battle the coronavirus pandemic.
Christina and Vinh Nguyen’s lives are centered on three things: Their two children, their faith and their food cart. Now the couple’s Portland mini-kitchen on wheels — its Vietnamese fare of noodle salads and “banh mi” sandwiches, their sole source of income — is temporarily shuttered because of the coronavirus.
With Easter just days away, debate continues to swirl about how accessible churches and pastors should be on the holiest day on the Christian calendar – and, for that matter, whether Easter ought to be celebrated next Sunday at all.
As the global coronavirus pandemic continues to spread, so far claiming over 65,000 lives, aid agencies are increasingly turning their attention to poor and developing nations that are under-equipped to handle a massive outbreak.