- Mar 29, 2020
From telehealth counseling to mobile shower trucks, Catholic non-profits are shifting gears to meet spiking needs and anxieties among the most vulnerable populations in the COVID-19 pandemic.
In the middle of the coronavirus lockdown, a group of women ambassadors accredited to the Holy See decided to honor a very British custom last week, with a twist of modernity: a Zoom meeting at tea time.
While Rome is under lockdown, one person drives hundreds of miles a day through the empty streets of the Italian capital, picking up food from factories and businesses and delivering them personally to the city’s poor.
On Sunday Pope Francis made his own an appeal issued by U.N. Secretary General António Guterres, calling for a global ceasefire to armed conflicts amid the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, allowing humanitarian aid to reach those most vulnerable to infection.
In one fell swoop Friday night, Francis not only delivered what seems destined to become the most iconic image of the pandemic, he effectively shut down what had been a mounting undercurrent of criticism about the supposed “invisibility” and “silence” of the Church.