- Apr 10, 2020
It’s only been three months since the origin of the coronavirus pandemic in Wuhan, China, and it’s only been a few weeks since what was originally perceived as largely a Chinese problem became a global phenomenon.
While the coronavirus pandemic gripping the world highlights the frailty of human life, it is also an opportunity for people to unite in solidarity, a Vatican official said.
For the next World Day of Migrants and Refugees, Pope Francis wants Catholics to focus on the pastoral care of people displaced within the borders of their own country and the church’s mission to serve them.
Saying he wanted to renew his “urgent call to respond to the ecological crisis,” Pope Francis asked Catholics around the globe to participate in the international observance of “Laudato Si’ Week” May 16-24.
Jesuit Father Augusto Zampini Davies – the director of development and faith at the Vatican’s Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development since its creation in 2016 – says caring for justice, peace, inclusion, solidarity, healthcare and the environment are all Gospel values.
Bishops, Catholic aid groups and representatives of the Holy See met on the border between Colombia and Venezuela in late January to review how the Church has been helping thousands of people who are leaving Venezuela each day in desperate conditions.