- Jul 11, 2020
If I were Pope for a day, I’d commission one of the most reliable polling institutes in the world to conduct regular surveys of the global Catholic population on all the issues of importance in Catholic life.
With the number of coronavirus victims growing throughout Latin America, life for the Catholic Church has also been affected.
Latin America is now the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic, with Brazil leading in cases and deaths, followed by Peru. The region has reported nearly 1 million cases and some 50,000 deaths, although officials say the real figures are probably higher.
Catholic missionaries in Latin America say they have noticed disturbing signs of an increase in child abuse during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Public liturgies were suspended throughout most of Latin America in March to try to prevent the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus, and ever since there have been campaigns to “bring back the Mass,” and discussions between bishops conferences and governments to see if churches – and other houses of prayer – can be opened.
After a video of the faithful asking the bishops to “give us back the Mass” after public liturgical celebrations were suspended to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, several Argentine prelates answered with one saying that they found the campaign to be “noise.”