- Sep 20, 2020
The drastic reduction in people’s mobility because of the COVID-19 pandemic could be an opportunity for moving one’s heart and mind instead — and for finding other ways to be close to and supportive of those in need, the Vatican said.
The coronavirus pandemic “opened our eyes to the peripheries in our midst,” specifically to the contribution of migrant workers in essential services such as health care, transportation, sanitation and agriculture, said Cardinal Michael Czerny.
The Vatican is highlighting the plight of maritime workers during the pandemic, saying bans on shore leave are severely stressing crews stuck aboard ship, some to the point of suicide.
On Tuesday the Vatican COVID-19 taskforce issued a call for global disarmament during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, and investment in what they said are peacemaking measures such as healthcare, food security and the environment.
To mark the 5-year anniversary of the publication of Pope Francis’s eco-encyclical, Laudato Si, the Vatican Thursday published a “users guide” for parishes and public officials on how to implement the document.
With anger and frustration still high in the United States over the death of George Floyd, religious leaders should organize ecumenical and interreligious prayer initiatives to bring people together and promote healing, said a top Vatican official.