- Aug 5, 2020
Since the coronavirus pandemic was declared in March, not everybody’s job has been relocated to their dining room table.
As political protests in Zimbabwe have turned violent and even fatal, reportedly leaving at least 12 people dead, the bishops of the country have called for peaceful resolutions to the crisis.
As Venezuela’s unprecedented economic crisis drags on for a fifth year, the four sisters from the Hermanitas de los Pobres de Maiquetia congregation who run the Providence Asylum nursing home face a heartbreaking dilemma: Record demand, but record-low resources.
“The last time economic conditions for farmers were so difficult, churches in rural communities were absolutely critical to connecting troubled farmers to emergency services. Unfortunately, the current farm economy outlook prompts us to ask you for that support again,” says a letter composed by the National Farmers Union and sent to religious leaders in farm country.
Concerns about the health and well-being of Venezuelans are now of paramount concern to the bishops of CELAM (the Latin Americas bishops’ council.) There have been violent protests and shortages of food and medical supplies since the president caused a political crisis by expanding his personal power.
Supporters of the current government in Venezuela interrupted a Mass at San Pedro Claver Church in a poor neighborhood of Caracas. The Catholic Church has spoken out against the Maduro regime and highlighted the spike in violent crime and black market operations due to the crippling economy.